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Secure with an Access Control System

Opening a business in a low-crime area does not mean that burglars will leave you alone. Even in the best neighborhoods, criminals will find out about your company and try to take anything of value. In today’s technology driven world, door access control systems have become an essential component of business security. In fact, there is no better alternative to secure your premises as access-controlled systems have become increasingly sophisticated over the years. Starting from an electronic keypad that secures a single door to a comprehensive network of multiple rooms and floors, they provide remote access to only authorized personnel.

The following tips will help you understand how business security systems can protect your business.

  1. Use the Strongest Locks. Physical locks can discourage crime by complicating unauthorized entry to your building. Some locks make easy targets because burglars can easily pick or destroy them. Check your premises for aging and damaged locks as well as devices that seem insecure and install the latest high-security deadbolt locks in their place.
  2. Install an Access Control System. Businesses need to install door access control systems for a variety of reasons such as, to safeguard a high-value asset, secure goods and materials, and restrict unauthorized entry and exit. However, the layout, size, and therefore cost of the system will vary depending on its purpose. Usually, you just need to install the system on the main entrance and exit doors to restrict unauthorized entry into your premises.
  3. If you are safeguarding a high-value asset such as server rooms having highly-confidential data, you may need to install the system on virtually every window and door of the building. You will also need to pair the system with electronic surveillance and alarm systems depending on its purpose. Determine why you want to install the system to know how elaborate it needs to be.
  4. Implement Video Surveillance Cameras to deter would-be criminals. When burglars see that you will likely have a complete record of what they have done, they often will move on to an easier target. The availability of cameras and video security management services makes video surveillance practical and affordable as a tool to provide indisputable evidence of crimes against your property.
  5. Install an Alarm System. Modern technology has made business security systems more efficient than ever thought possible. Burglars know all about different types of alarms, so make sure you have one that they cannot easily defeat. Attempted break-ins trigger audible alarms that alert passersby and make life very uncomfortable for burglars inside your building. You can also get alarm systems and services that will automatically notify you and local authorities when an incident occurs.
  6. Enhance Physical Security. Sometimes the best security systems do not deter some determined criminals. Burglars who rely on brute force and speed to avoid getting caught don’t care if they set off an alarm or get recorded on video. Add an extra layer of defense to your facility by installing a security gate and other devices that restrict physical access to your property. The added time breaking into your business requires will deter criminals and increase the likelihood that authorities will arrive quickly enough to make an arrest. Stop taking chances with the safety of your business.

Site Considerations

Are your doors made of wood, metal or glass? This determines the type of locks you are able to install.

  • For how many doors would you want to you want to manage access?
  • Do you really need the back door on the access system too, or is that door rarely used?
  • Is it possible for all these doors to be connected to one IT closet? Pay attention to distance and where the wire can run.
  • Are there different floors in your office? If so, you might want to connect both floors with wires to save on installation costs. Otherwise you may have to install two separate access control systems.

Policy Considerations

  • Should the door always be locked or always open during office hours?
  • How many people need access to the space? How often does this change and how often are people added?
  • Are there different access roles for managers, employees, freelancers and interns?

System Considerations

Thanks to access control solutions, you can identify who enters and exits your facility. There are different types of identification systems. Some identifiers are more precise than others when it comes to recognizing whether users are authorized to enter the building. Because of that, we can address diverse problems concerning access control security:

  • People who use the credentials of authorized persons to enter the facilities.
  • Fraudulent copy of the credentials.
  • Incorrect use of the area by allowing access to unauthorized users.
  • Accesses that don’t close correctly.

How can we avoid these types of problems?

Choosing the right device for the access control system is fundamental to avoiding security problems. The installation of an improper access control system can jeopardize the security of the facility.

Biometric access control readers provide the highest level of identification. This is because they are high security identifiers and very difficult to copy. Another way to get the maximum security in the access control is the combination of access control with other security systems. A video surveillance system with security cameras can dissuade intruders and record the real person who is entering the facility.

Additionally, using an anti-passback system allows to identify which users’ credentials are duplicated. If a user is already in the facility, and another person is trying to use the same credentials, the system won’t permit it until the first identifier has checked out.

On the other hand, when using an IP access control system, it is important to consider hacking issues. In order to get anti-hacking devices and systems, we should work with encrypted protocols.

With these tips, you can practically eliminate the risks in the access control system. An efficient and reliable access control system is fundamental to guarantee the security in both residential or commercial facilities.

Interested in more information? Call now: 1-800-898-3336 or email to arrange a complimentary needs analysis.

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Contributed by Brent Steeves, Account Manager, Nutec Electro Tel

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