Controlled access technology, or access control, is a security measure that grants permissions to users who present legitimate credentials, such as a password or PIN. Implementing one or multiple layers of security via access control can give your business a valuable level of assurance that it is protected.
When utilizing access control technology, you can always know:
- Who can have access to your building.
- The degree to which that person has control over its security.
- That your business is safe from non-authorized threats.
Read on to learn more about three types of access control your business can utilize to amplify its security measures.
1. Video Analytics Interface
Surveillance cameras are a key component in protecting your business, but modern technology allows us to go beyond watching hours of footage. When utilizing video analytics algorithms, the surveillance system can compare the surveillance footage to its own data models to gather business intelligence.
Because the system is smarter than the average surveillance camera, it’s able to predict its own observations. Anomalous footage is then easier to detect.
In terms of access control, video analytics allow business owners freedom in knowing the surveillance system can alert them to anomalies in the footage, such as deliveries at odd hours. In addition, it can send those alerts remotely—so even when you’re not there, you can know if there is a threat.
2. Swipe Readers and Proximity Cards
Install swipe readers to secure entryways. Used in tandem with swipe cards, they are easy solutions for barring intruders. Swipe cards give authorized personnel access to various parts of the building.
Swipe cards use magnetic strips, but there are other modes of entry, too. For example, some cards use radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips, while proximity cards offer swipe-less access. In all cases, there is a reader system at each entryway, and a card that proves the entrant’s verified access. The door automatically locks after it closes, thus securing the building more effectively than a lock alone.
3. Basic Intercom and Biometric Systems
Intercom systems allow for immediate communication between employees inside the building and people at entryways.
With an intercom, only authorized personnel can gain access to the building. Intercoms are great for registering voice, but they are not the only option for monitoring business entrances. Turnstiles and biometric readers are other common options. Specifically, biometric access controls are convenient because staff members do not have to remember to carry around a card or ID.
In short, controlled access technology means peace of mind for your business. This list of technologies is not all encompassing; there are other access control options, such as photo identification systems and combination technology readers. These can all be used to fit your business precisely. Contact a trusted security provider that will tailor solutions to your business needs.
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