Although some businesses still rely on a lock and key system to keep their commercial premises secure, there is an ever-increasing number of business owners that are investing in more sophisticated electronic access control systems to protect their people, property and processes.
As well as improving building security, an access control system can also offer the following benefits:
- The level of access can be tailored exactly to meet your commercial need
- Valuable assets and specific areas can be protected
- Staff and visitors will feel more secure
- Incidents of theft will be reduced and more easily investigated
- Compliance with fire and health & safety legislation can be improved
- Energy saving functions can be integrated
Electronic access control systems enable you to restrict and control the flow of people coming in and out of your commercial premises.
Access control systems are very useful when sensitive areas need additional protection. For example, a company may need to have an open and welcoming reception area, but then only allow authorised persons to have access to internal areas.
Some typical examples may include:
- Restricting access to offices where sensitive data and documents are used
- Children’s nurseries and hospitals
- Areas where controlled environments need to be maintained
- Storage areas where hazardous chemicals need to be kept safe and secure
By installing electronic access control systems, you will be able to control who is coming in and out of your building and log their arrival and departure times. This information can be vital intelligence during fire evacuation procedures.
Most access control systems also offer additional features such as the functionality to restrict access to specific areas of your building during set time periods. Insurers will also like this data as you will be able to produce reports logging the times people have entered and left the building, as well as the areas within the building that they entered.
Energy Saving Functionality
The more advanced access control systems can also be integrated with heating, lighting and computer networks. Therefore, as well as protecting people, property and processes, installing an electronic access control system can also help companies save energy and as areas can be programmed to only turn lights and heating on when they will be occupied.
Points to consider
There are many different types of access control system, so it is important to consider your individual needs and the level of security you need to enforce.
Like most things, each system has some pro’s and con’s that may influence your decision.
For most businesses a simple key card access control access system will suffice. But just like a set of keys, the keycard can be lost or mislaid. There is also the temptation for staff to share cards with colleagues, which can mean reports on who is in the building can be misleading.
Another popular option is the pin number and keypad entry system, but again these are open to abuse if the pin code is divulged to someone without the correct authority.
Biometric systems are more secure as they rely on unique identifying features such as retina or fingerprint recognition.
How can Tecserv UK help
Tecserv UK is accredited by SSAIB and SafeContractor and hold distributor agreements with most major manufacturers. We are therefore fully trained to install and maintain the full range of electronic access control systems:
- Keypad number or pin
- Key card
- PC based access control
- Finger print recognition systems
- Other bio-metrically controlled systems
- Audio and visual control access systems
Electronic access control is the most efficient way of security your building and assets whilst remaining convenient. If you are considering installing an access control system in your business premises or would like to discuss how Tecserv UK can help to maintain your current system, why not call us for a free, no obligation discussion. We will help you review your risks and suggest the most cost-effective solution.