Like various other changes in workplaces, how we access our offices has advanced a great deal as well. Today, we use access cards, facial recognition, thumb impressions and other techniques instead of keys. This evolutionary advancement in workplace security came about with the introduction of access control systems.
Access control systems provide quick and authorised access to those who are permissible in a building. Whether your goal is to limit access to high-security areas or you simply want to control who walks in and out of your building, an access control system is your ultimate solution.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about access control systems below:
What Are Access Control Systems?
Access control systems are a common type of security system that restrict and control entrance into premises. They can be simple or complex, depending on the needs of users. You can choose 4-digit password access or go for a more complex option like vein pattern recognition, etc.
There are different types of access control systems among which the most common ones are physical, mechanical or technological access controls. Physical access control requires a human to grant access, mechanical needs locks and keys, while technological uses different electronic ways such as card readers etc.
Three Components of Access Control Systems
As mentioned earlier, access control systems differ in their types and levels of complexity. But most common access control systems used in workplaces have three main components.
The first component of access control systems is the user-facing tools, such as access cards, card readers and access control keypads. All such tools that allow a user to gain access are known as credentials. They contain user’s data, allowing the card reader to grant access through the entrance.
The second component consists of access management dashboards and API. The administration end of the access control system is a dashboard or portal through which an administrator adjusts the settings and limitations to allow access to individuals. This process can also be automated in more advanced systems. The granting or restricting of access can be automated by simply connecting the dashboard to employees’ data.
The third and final component is the complete infrastructure which is set in place to lock or unlock the door. It consists of an electric door lock, access control panels and servers. Electronic locks have a wire to power them so that they lock or unlock electrically. Some of these types lock when they are supplied with electricity, while others unlock when supplied with electricity. They are known as fail safe locks and fail secure locks respectively.
Physical security is the key to ensuring the safety of your business premises. But it can be much more than deadbolts, security guards and turnstile booths. If you are looking for a reliable security system for your office, you must go for more advanced options like an access control system. Reach out to Eagle Security Solutions and get a secure access control system in place for your building today!