Security is the number one priority for all businesses. Protecting employees, physical assets, data and electronic information is crucial to a successful operation
Access control systems are one of the latest innovations in commercial security. Installing an access control system allows your employees to work more efficiently and productively, as well as saving you money and keeping your business secure 24/7.
In this post, we’ll explain what an access control system is, how it works, what industries it’s useful for and the top 11 benefits of access control systems.
Access control systems provide security to buildings, rooms and other designated areas by allowing or restricting individual access. By restricting movement throughout the building, physical and electronic assets are protected and secured.
Access control systems consist of:
If an employee wants to enter a controlled location, they must scan their key card at a card reader. Once the card is scanned, the information is sent to a control unit, which permits or prohibits their entry.
Part of the access control system is a management dashboard, which allows business owners, administrators, IT managers or security personnel to determine who can access the premises and under what conditions. The manager has three control options:
Any business with security needs can benefit from an access control system, from small businesses to large national corporations. Access control systems can be customised to suit your individual security needs.
Healthcare – facilities such as hospitals and aged care facilities, must adhere to strict regulations for data security. Access control systems can protect IT rooms from unauthorised access, keeping digital data secure. Access control systems are also used to restrict access to physical files, examination rooms, equipment such as MRI machines and chemicals or biomedical waste.
Government – buildings often require public access, as well as employee access to restricted areas. Access control systems can limit access to departments, confidential information and more.
Universities – Access control systems are used at Universities not only to keep physical assets protected but also to ensure student safety. Unauthorised individuals are restricted from accessing labs, computers, campus accommodation and more.
Small medium & large businesses – As we mentioned before, any business that requires a level of security can benefit from access control. Small to medium businesses can find tailored solutions that work for their budget and needs while larger companies can implement large scaled access control system across multiple locations
Access control systems are specifically designed to keep your building and your employees safe. You can remotely monitor who has access to your premises 24/7, giving you security and peace of mind. Here are our top 11 benefits of access control systems.
1.Easy access for employees – Access control systems allow you to ‘set and forget’. Once you’ve authorised individual access, employees can go about their jobs as usual. Our state-of-the-art SALTO access control technology is wireless, making installation quick and easy.
2.No more keys – Traditional locks and keys have a few disadvantages:
Each area requires a unique key. The larger the building, the more keys you need
Keys can be duplicated, leaving your business vulnerable to a break-in
Cleaners and people with high-clearance levels require multiple keys, which can lead to confusion
Implementing an access control system means you can get rid of your keychain. It also helps avoid rekeying if a key is lost.
3. Save money and energy – Access control systems can be integrated with lighting, heating and cooling systems, so they only turn on when someone is using the room. This will save you a significant amount on your next energy bill.
4. Keep track of everyone – Access control systems allow you to monitor who enters or exits parts of the building and when. This is very useful, particularly in case of emergency, accident or theft.The Danalock smartphone-controlled locking system allows you to track who enters and exits your building 24/7.
5. Protect against unwanted visitors – Doors are programmed to unlock only for those who have access. You can be sure that everyone in the building can only access the areas you allow, and unwanted visitors can’t get in.
6. Give employees freedom and flexibility – When employees work at different times, an access control system allows them to enter and exit whenever they need to. Employees no longer have to wait for someone to unlock or lock the doors behind them.
7. Prevent data breaches – Only trusted employees are granted access to IT rooms, individual computers and networks, protecting your business against a data breach.
8. Create a safe work environment – In case of emergency, the fail-safe locks ensure that all employees can exit the building without needing to worry about finding keys. Through the management dashboard, it’s easier than ever to track and account for all employees.
9. Reduce theft and accidents – Only trusted employees are granted access to protected company assets. All employees are aware that their movements are continuously being tracked, which helps to deter theft.
Specialist equipment, tools and machinery can injure people who haven’t received required training or safety instruction. Restricting access to this equipment will prevent accidents.
10. Provide access to multiple buildings or locations – Access control systems can be customised to your every need. If you manage multiple buildings or locations, access permissions can be granted to make movement between the premises easy.
11. Comply with industry regulations and security standards – All information, whether it’s digital or physical copies, can be secured with an access control system, ensuring your business adheres to data security regulations.