For Businesses & Commercial Buildings
The term access control refers to the practice of restricting entrance to a property, a building, or a room to authorized persons. Access control is a matter of whom, where, and when. An access control system determines who is allowed to enter or exit, where they are allowed to enter or exit, and when they are allowed to enter or exit. Historically this was partially accomplished through keys and locks. When a door is locked only someone with a key can enter through the door depending on how the lock is configured. Mechanical locks and keys don’t allow restriction of the key holder to specific times or dates. Mechanical locks and keys don’t provide records of the key used on any specific door and the keys can be easily copied or transferred to an unauthorized person. When a mechanical key is lost or the key holder is no longer authorized to use the protected area, the locks must be re-keyed.
The electronic access control system grants access based on the credential presented. Typically, credentials can be something you know (such as number or PIN), something you have (such as an access badge), something you are (such as a biometric feature) or some combination of these items. The typical credential is an access card or key fob. Typical biometric technologies include fingerprint, facial recognition, iris recognition, retinal scan, voice, and hand geometry.
When access is granted, the door is unlocked for a predetermined time and the transaction is recorded. When access is refused, the door remains locked and the attempted access is recorded. The system will also monitor the door and an alarm will trigger if the door is forced open or held open too long after being unlocked.
Access control is normally used in commercial properties restricting access to server rooms, dispensaries, storage areas R&D labs and offices from warehouse. Many of the systems we install are required by the investors of our clients to ensure their investment is protected.