What is Access Control?

Access control refers to the selective restriction of access to a place or other resource.  In other words, a system or procedure that controls who can enter the premises or an area, and prevents the entry of unauthorised individuals.

Instead of the old lock and key method, access control electronically secures your building, allowing you to say who has access, when they have access, and where they can go.  The most commonly involve keypads, tokens and readers.

Common System Types

Standalone System

This is when all the information is housed in the keypad or reader.  It is the most cost-effective way to implement a single-door system, and can be used with automatic proximity readers, the cheap but effective swipe cards, or the traditional keypad system.

They often control access to a single door, and do not require any networking to additional devices (unlike PC-based systems), meaning they are reasonably simple and un-disruptive to install.  This system is ideal for low-security installations or for small to medium sized premises.

PC-Based Systems

Also know as a ‘networked’ system, this means that all devices for an entire building is controlled through a central PC platform.  This allows for much more flexibility and control over movement in the building, and allows specific persons to be given access based on their roles and responsibilities.

Access capabilities can be adapted instantaneously if onetime access is required, and the use of a singe device can be entirely blocked in the case of suspected theft or malicious intent.  These systems are typically much more disruptive to install due to the requirement to network the devices to a PC.

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