Why Do You Need Access Control?
A major concern for all business owners, no matter which industry they operate in, is keeping their staff, customers, and equipment safe. Lock-and-key security solutions are rapidly becoming a thing of the past, as modern business owners look into new technologies to protect their assets without compromising on security, convenience, or cost.
While regular keys can be lost or duplicated, access control systems rely on tag, RFID, card access, or biometric technology. They can be used to protect employees, staff, and business contents, making any property more secure.
Benefits of Access Control for Your Business
1. Preventing Theft
Even if your business doesn’t keep any valuables on site, a break-in can happen. Thieves are opportunistic by nature - if they spot a weakness, they’ll exploit it. Access control is more effective than traditional lock-and-key security when you want to keep unwanted visitors off of your property. In the unlikely event that something is stolen, access control systems (when coupled with adequate surveillance measures) can show you which access point was breached, when, and possibly even by whom.
2. Saving Energy and Money
By integrating access control with other systems in the building, such as heating or lighting systems, you can save yourself money and energy. Unnecessary systems can be switched off if the access control indicates that no one is present in a particular section of the building.
3. Ensuring Staff Punctuality
While you’d obviously like to give employees the benefit of the doubt, you do need a little extra security on that front too. Access control systems help keep track of precisely when employees are arriving at work, or leaving the premises. Manual clock-in systems can be fallible. If employees forget to keep track, their attendance records are at risk. With reliable access control, both you and your employees know that an accurate attendance record is always being updated with no effort involved.
4. Restricting Access to Specific Locations
Access control systems, give you more control over who can gain entry to certain parts of a building. You might want some areas to be for employees only, or you might want secure spaces for visitors. Either way, you can ensure that your staff, premises, and sensitive information are kept away from the “wrong” people.
Access Control in Integrated Security Systems
Integrated security systems are the way forward. It’s better to combine multiple security systems into one solution instead of trying to manage more than one system. These solutions can include any combination of the following:
Integrated systems allow you to control all your security solutions from a single console, evaluating information from all systems at the same time. The benefits of this include:
Retrieving historical video footage
Beginning a video recording when a blacklisted or stolen person attempts access
Generation of an alarm when a stolen or blacklisted person attempts access
Tracking unknown visitors via video
Choosing The Right Access Control Company
With so many options, choosing between access control companies shouldn’t be a quick decision. You need to spend some time evaluating your options, and consider the following points before settling on a security firm you can trust:
Establish your business’ security needs by doing a security review.
Consider the best type of installation for your business - DIY or professional.
Think about the best type of access control system for your business because not all of them are created equal.
Systems Africa will work with you to decide which type of access control system is best for you and your business. Reach out to us and we’ll help you with a detailed, helpful quote based entirely on your needs and budget.