Access control is your answer to knowing who is in your premises and when, enabling you to limit entry to those staff and visitors entitled to have access. An access system acts as a visible deterrent, whether it is fitted to a single entrance or widely applied to a site with multiple doors and different access zones.
The advantages of access control are thus many:-
- Access control enables all your security to be centrally controlled
- Anyone without a PIN, access card or rights is prevented from access
- Avoids the problem of lost keys – you can simply delete and re-issue a card
- Stops widespread knowledge of a door entry code or combination
- Helps manage site security with contract staff, or permanent staff who leave
- Enables restricted access, safeguarding equipment and stock – e.g. IT staff to server room
- Restrict car park access to authorised personnel
- Protocols can be set to open certain doors during set periods
- A fire rosta can be quickly generated in the event of evacuation
- Improve staff mangement with reports showing staff movement and time keeping
- Provides on/off-site system management and control
An example is shown below, where systems extend to car parks fitted with entry barriers, rising bollards or ramps, where a radio modem may be used to connect a remote site.
IET provides a wide choice of access system each designed to suit your needs and user preferences. Systems range from the simplest stand-alone control of people entering and leaving your premises using a PIN number, to networked and integrated systems using a variety of security technologies, such as magnetic stripe readers. Alternatives include proximity readers using cards or fobs and biometric technology such as with finger-print readers or iris recognition.
Management information systems can be both on or off site and aside from alarms, your access system can integrate with other systems such as time and attendance or can be extended to include building management and lift control. When integrated with remote monitoring, it is possible for an entire facility to be managed by an external source, applying agreed procedures for access and responding to access issues 24/7. The benefits of an off-site management system include:
- Consistent application of access criteria
- A dedicated resource working to assist your staff and visitors
- More efficient use of your own resources
- The ability to generate reports that track staff movement and assist operational planning