Commercial Access Control Explained

Commercial Access Control Explained

If you run a business of any size with physical premises, controlling who has access to your building is vital to ensure the security of your property and your staff. There are lots of access control systems available, from simple keypads to more sophisticated biometric-based technology. To help you decide which is best for your needs, we take a look at commercial access control, including the main options for keeping your workplace secure.

What is commercial access control?

Commercial access control is a system which limits who can access all or part of a building. This is an important security feature, whether you operate a small office with a few staff or larger commercial premises. An access control system can prevent unauthorised persons from entering the premises from outside or ensure only selected employees can access certain areas.

In addition, an access control system can help you to keep track of authorised employees’ movements. For example, if you have a flexible or hybrid working policy, knowing how and when employees are using the office can help you to plan for your future space requirements. Tracking staff as they clock in and out can also assist payroll.

What types of system are available?

Here are the main types of access control system:

Keypad: This is a simple but effective system that involves a number pad fitted by an access point into which authorised persons enter a pre-set code. The drawbacks of this system are the risks of staff forgetting the code or it being shared without permission. To maintain security, the code should be changed frequently, such as when an employee leaves the company.

Swipe card: Sometimes used in conjunction with a keypad, a card is an easy way for staff to swipe in and out of the building. Cards are also a convenient way to add layers of security within premises, such as separating a shop floor from the staff-only areas. Again, for maximum security, it is important to keep control of how cards are issued.

Biometrics: For even more security, a system which involves iris or fingerprint recognition might be appropriate. The advantages of these systems are that, unlike keypad codes and swipe cards, biometrics cannot fall into the wrong hands or be misplaced. These systems are especially good for premises where sensitive material is stored.

Bluetooth: This is an app-based system through which authorised persons scan their registered device to gain entry. While smartphones are widely used, the downsides of relying solely on Bluetooth include limiting access to staff who are not technically-minded. There is also the question of what happens if the system goes offline.

Often, a combination of access control methods might provide the ideal balance of security and accessibility, protecting staff and visitors by ensuring the only people who can gain entry to your premises are those with a legitimate reason to be on-site.

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