Access Control System Overview
Electronic access control is the starting point to a secure property. Used extensively in commercial and industrial spaces card and FOB access control allows central management of who has access to what and when.
In most cases, access control systems will manage access to the perimeter of the property as well as limited access spaces such as a server rooms. However, electronic access control systems can be used to manage access to just about any physical space. Electronic access control may be used to limit access to cabinets, vaults, and other enclosures as well as doors and vehicle garage doors.
Features and Benefits of Access Control Systems
Key benefits of electronic access control systems include:
- Credentials that may be instantly activated or deactivated from a computer or web browser for a single door or an entire campus.
- Permission groups and schedules that may define who can access what areas at what times.
- Activity records that report who accesses what spaces when.
- Entry (in) and exit (out) card readers that may be used to report who is on site at any particular time. This feature may be useful in a lockdown situation where an immediate list of who is on a campus may be required.
- Lockdown and other special conditions that can be defined so a consistent set of rules is enforced.
- Triggers or other actions that may be integrated with an access control event (e.g., lighting control, front desk or IT notifications)
- Distributed locations that may be easily managed using a single credential per user. A user may be granted access, or can have his access revoked, instantly to all locations at once.
- A single integrated report of a users' activities that can show access across all locations.
Typical Applications of Access Control Systems
Typical applications include:
- Multi-unit residential perimeter (e.g., entry doors, garage doors) and interior (e.g., laundry room, club room) access.
- Commercial office suites (e.g., office perimeter, server room, supply room).
- Commercial buildings where tenant access management is used for common areas and in many cases suite access.
- Marine, airport, energy, and other applications where a homeland security or other security requirement dictates a certain level of auditability and compliance.
- Limited door access for small commercial, retail, or other.
Urban Alarm Advantage
Urban Alarm has extensive experience working with a wide variety of customers to provide integrated access control solutions. We install the best technologies available for a particular application and provide consistent and proactive support through the installation and ongoing maintenance of the systems.