There are a wide variety of security systems available on the market today for businesses and schools of all types and no matter which security system you may have in place already, there is always room for more effectiveness in regards to safety. While access control systems can involve key cards, pin codes, or biometric scanners, they also include alarms and security monitoring systems. An electronic access control system is much like any other electronic process of verification, but access control systems also assist you in keeping outside intruders from gaining access to valuable office devices, as well as confidential business information. Having an improved effective access control system will also help keep employees and students safe. There are an infinite number of reasons you should properly maintain your access control system, but today we will be touching on a few of them.
1. Restricting Unauthorized Access and Reduce Theft
According to ‘The Association of Fraud Examiners’ report published in 2015, internal theft accounts for up to 5% of annual revenues. An access control system makes it extremely difficult for intruders or unauthorized individuals to gain access to your building and providing you with control of who has access within your place of business, such as any high risk or stock areas, while also deterring criminals. Simply put, anyone without the exact credentials and/or identification cards that are required will not be allowed access and/or entry. To reduce shrink in your business conduct regular maintenance on your access control systems.
2. Electronic Visitor and History Log
In the same note of restricted access, access control systems can also provide you with an electronic log of each occurrence that access was granted on your property that can also be recorded and reviewed at a later time. These reports can be generated to see who has accessed what, where, and the time of access, creating an audit trail that enables you to electronically manage time and attendance of your employees. Access control systems can also provide you with muster reports that allow you to instantly see precisely who is where in your building in case of a shutdown, lockdown, or emergency.
3. Improved Surveillance and Better Visibility
Access control systems are meant to be deterrents and prevent hazardous events from occurring in the first place by keeping people out. However, emergencies do occur and control systems need to be used during or after an event. With a standard door and alarm system, typically, an alarm will go off letting you know when someone breaches a door that’s not supposed to be open and which door triggered the alarm, but will not secure whoever opened the door. With an access control system, you have the ability to integrate your video surveillance cameras with your door locks to create a seamless and secure environment. This shows you immediate surveillance video on-screen if an emergency situation arises. This video can also be recorded and stored in your centralized security office for use in the the future.
4. How You Benefit from Building Access Control Systems
Whether you are running a business or managing a school district, ensuring the safety of each and every person that enters your building(s) is your legal duty. In fact, there are even health and safety problems that could potentially arise if your access control systems are not maintained to operational standards. Risks such as workers being trapped in buildings, disruption to procedures and systems, and loss/theft of company/school property. By using an access control system, you are able to manage every aspect of your jobs site from a central location, allowing your facility to be secured against outside and inside threats in a matter of seconds and increase the safety for all personnel on-site.
The main goal of access control systems is always the same: to increase safety and security at any location.