The primary purpose of Access Control is to ensure that only appropriate people are able to enter and leave specific areas within monitored premises. This requires a detailed layout of the floorplan, and study of the requirements of employees, residents and transitory visitors such as cleaners and couriers. Hours of operation, outside contractors and local parking and public transport should also be taken into account.
In addition an effective implementation will act as a deterrent to intruders and reduce the likelihood of theft and damage.
It is recommended that a team including Executive Management, HR and Facilities Management be put together to agree priorities and levels of permission.
Here are some reasons why an access control system will benefit you:
- Traditional keys are easy to copy unlike electronic keys
- Electronic access is faster and more convenient
- You never have to change locks as keys can be cancelled or reprogrammed
- A single key provides access to all authorised areas
- Each key is able to be customised by area, date and time
- Electronic doors and locks can be operated remotely
- Management reports reflect every incident and activity
Thorough initial assessments, as well as annual reviews, are key elements to installing, managing and evolving a successful access control system. Technology is accelerating so integrating new products and functionality will continue to improve security. The emergence of rented, web based hosted software is making powerful solutions cost effective for even the smallest of locations.