Tips to Choose Commercial Access Control Systems
Access control systems are an important component of an integrated business security solution. It is important to carefully assess the access control system to protect business assets. This requires an assessment of individual requirements for determining the best protection of the premises.
Selecting the right access control system also involves the consideration of regulatory restrictions. You need to design and install an access control system that is functional and cost-effective for the protection of business assets.
Types of Access Control Systems
Selecting the right access control system requires you to understand the different types available in the market. Understanding the different access control systems is important to ensure that you select the right type for your business.
Magnetic stripes are added to fobs, key cards, and badges of employees. Employees can access the premises by swiping the card in the reader. This type of access control system is durable, cheap, and flexible.
Key cards are also a popular type of access control system. The identification is stored in the key cards that are used to unlock the door. The benefit of this type of access control is that the cards are easy to deactivate if lost or stolen. But they are also easy to forge unlike other types of access control systems.
Proximity cards offer advanced security in protecting the premises. The card has a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip that identifies the use. The RFID chip communicates with the access control system using radio signals. It provides convenient contact-free and secure access to the building.
Automotive tags are installed in automobiles for identification purposes. It provides them access to the parking spaces of the business. Vehicles with valid tags are allowed to enter the business premises.
Similar to proximity cards, automotive tags communicate using radio signals. The access control system allows convenient access to the drivers who don’t have to open windows or get out of the vehicle to show credentials.
The downside with this type of access control is that anyone driving the vehicle can gain entry. The identification of the driver or passengers is not verified.
Biometric Access Control
Biometric access control systems provide the highest level of security. The individual identity is verified using biometric data that can include:
- Retinal eye scans
- Facial identification
- Voice identification
- Fingerprint or hand scans
A biometric access control system prevents unauthorised personnel from entering the premises. The access control can be combined with additional identification modes such as PIN and key cards for optimal protection.
Some access control systems allow access using a smartphone. Employees can gain entry by entering credentials in a phone app. This type of access control provides greater convenience and reduced risk of losing access control credentials.
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