What is access control
Access control covers a multitude of things, it is used in computing and databases but we are concerned here primarily with access to buildings or structures. Access control simply means that, controlling access to premises.
An Access control can be anything that enables the building or area owner to control the access to those areas or resources within a complex or building. Access control is everywhere - all around you can see in our everyday life: From the lock on your car door, pass codes and passwords that give you access to your bank information "Door Men" outside a night club or pub are a form of Access Control, even the turnstiles at a football match or airport or bollards outside a shop.
Traditionally it is a locksmith who has the skills and knowledge to manage access, before hiring any locksmith one should check the access control systems they provide are in accordance with current health and safety standards. Also check that the access control systems offered by the locksmith suitable for your particular requirements such as heavy dirty environment such as a steel fabrication shop or any other industrial environment where a commercial security application is required.
Access Controls in our everyday life
When selecting a locksmith go for a seasoned locksmith who has the experience and who has more than one model or designs to offer. Make sure that they use good quality products with built in services such as security control and proper monitoring.
Another important thing when choosing a locksmith is to opt for the locksmith who are capable of both repairing and maintenance / upgrading work and obviously they need to be price competitive so you can affordable the price. Often it boils down to which locksmith has the right access control solution for your building. Recommendation is always a major advantage the locksmith should come highly recommended by someone you trust and highly trained.
One of the great benefits of installing an access control systems is that they have the ability to document and even produce reports on access activity in the building. These reports are usually in printed form but more and more access control systems are utilizing computer screens and memory where reports can be viewed on screen.
Mid range and larger access control systems offer the ability to control individual people through the use of access cards etc. this along with individual reporting can throw up some interesting facts on how often employees enter of leave areas of the building. A lot of companies consider access information vital to their business because knowing who and when people leave the building can help with fire regulations etc.
Due to the rise of the internet many access control systems use CCTV but unless the CCTV is monitored constantly it isn't a form of access control but instead simply a reporting system used after the event.