In its simplest guise, access control using door entry systems is just the ability to control the security and movement of people around a building using tokens or cards. It allows free access to authorised people and restricts those without the required clearance. Typically you might want all staff members to be able to access the front door and canteen but restrict access to the HR, Accounts office or server room. It also allows you to terminate access from former employees without the return of a key and will save you a fortune on replacement locks!
Access control has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years, most recently with Paxton introducing their new NET10 system replacing the very popular but now a little dated Net2. NET10 takes access control for the SME market into the enterprise arena, and incorporates links to any IP enabled building facilities such as IP lighting control and air conditioning systems by utilising WiFi and, in the future, NFC (Near Field Communication).
We also offer full biometric door entry capability with fingerprint and facial recognition.
Where we feel we can add real value to your access control system is getting it to integrate and communicate with other IT systems you may have, or are possibly about to invest in. Door entry systems really come into their own when linked with IP CCTV systems. Getting the two IP systems to communicate with each other and share information develops a powerful security network. For instance – the presentation of a disabled card could trigger an alarm, which instantly triggers a nearby camera to show the incident occurring, even skipping back in time a few seconds to show the person approaching. How about getting your access control system to talk to your intruder alarm, so authorised card holders can set and unset the alarm as they enter and leave the building? With IP based systems, there is a world of creative integration opportunities that can add real value to any security system, and we just so happen to be rather good at putting them all together!