What is a Access Control System
Put simply, an access control system provides a means of controlling access. Whether it be in a hotel for the control of guests, in a institution or commercial building for staff and guest control or even multi-location utility facilities. Just about any building or facility that is accessible has some form of access control. Access control systems can come in many different forms, from a simple mechanical master key system or code access lock to a complex electronic proximity access system, biometric identification system or a combination of these.
Some Benefits of an Access Control System
- Keeping Doors Locked; Providing a secure environment for users whilst still having a functional easy to use facility.
- Time Zones; Access can be controlled on a time basis ensuring access is not granted at undesirable times. For example no access to certain employees on weekends or after hours.
- Audit Trails; The ability to trace access attempts no matter whether access is granted or not.
- Change Access Rights; The ability to quickly and easily change an individual or groups access rights be it time zones or access to different areas.
- Scalable Solutions; Provides the ability to grow the system over time with the changing requirements of the facility.
Code Operated Access Control Systems
Possibly the most common system for single door access control is the simple pin code based system. These can start from a simple mechanical single code unit, right up to an electronic multi door system with multiple access codes, time zones and audit trails. This type of system is not recommended on its own for any meaningful security measures as it is all too easy for someone to pass on access to another either intentionally or by onlookers viewing codes entered.
Credential Operated Access Control Systems
One of the most widely utilised means of providing access control is by the use of a credential with unique encoding, often in the form of a contactless card or ‘fob’. These systems offer anything from a single door system right the way through to multi door, multi site systems capable of managing thousands of personnel. However this system on its own can be easily compromised in the case of a lost or stolen credential if not immediately reported and disabled.
Biometric Operated Access Control Systems
A biometric operated access control system utilises part of the human anatomy to verify the user. This type of system is becoming more popular as the technology matures and the products become more user friendly and reliable. Again as with other electronic access control systems these systems can be scalable from a single access point to many over multiple sites.
Each of these alternatives has its place in the market and prefered situation of use, INTEGRITY can analyse your access and control requirements and propose a solution to best fit your circumstances. If you would like to discuss your situation with one of our experienced team, please either call our office on 1300 667 288 or contact us to arrange a professional consultation.