Why Access Control?
Allowing access to only authorised personnel and visitors helps to create a safe working environment and protect property from theft and malicious damage. Historically, access control was managed by onsite manned entry points. However, because of the inflexibility and costs associated with a physical onsite presence, the use of electronic access control systems is now a common feature across a variety of industries.
At GBSG we design, install and maintain electronic access control systems for clients from a wide variety of industries including agriculture, education, leisure, manufacturing and storage. In the design of our access control systems we look to provide flexibility and superior levels of protection, with full integration with existing fire and security measures.
Which Access Control System Is Right For You?
There are a wide variety of access control security systems available, ranging from proximity access control fobs and swipe cards to pin codes and biometrics. The type of system that we would recommend depends upon the nature of your business, the physical evidence of the site and the perceived security risks.
As an example, many of our manufacturing clients engage the services of temporary staff during peak production times. To manage site access we tend to recommend the use of fobs and cards as it negates the need to change the PIN number every time a temporary member of staff leaves, plus it eradicates the inconvenience of forgotten PIN numbers. In addition, key fobs and cards provide greater control because they can’t be passed on like a PIN number can, meaning that only authorised personnel can enter specific areas of the site.
Tailoring Access Control To Your Business Needs
Access permission can be defined by user, user level, access point and time-frame. So, for example, you can restrict entry to staff to only allow access during contracted hours, in addition to only permitting entry to high-risk areas to specific staff members. Such parameters are commonly employed across secondary school sites where pupils are only granted access during teaching hours and access to laboratory equipment is restricted to science department personnel.
The Key Benefits Of Access Control
- The risk of theft and acts of vandalism is significantly reduced.
- Helps to create a safe, controlled environment for staff and other users of the building.
- It provides high levels of control, with tiered authority levels and parameters configured to restrict movement across the site.
- In the event of a fire alarm, the information stored on the system can be accurately used for roll call purposes.
- Through integration with HR systems, it provides time and attendance reporting for management and payroll.
- It is very flexible and can be integrated with other security and fire systems.
- It can help save on the cost of onsite manned entry points.