Your business is only as secure as the systems that protect it. And while keeping out people who might do your business harm is important, it’s also important to give those people who need to get into your business – like your employees, visitors and contractors – a simple and hassle free way to do so.

Developing and integrating the right kind of access control system will help you do just that.

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What is an access control system

By definition, access control systems incorporate any process of verifying and allowing access (or not) to a premises or area. So something as basic as a lock and key is actually a type of access control system.

However, the term is more commonly used to refer to advanced systems involving key cards, pin codes and biometric scanners.

Key cards were first used to control access to buildings in the 1970s, but it was in the 1980s and 1990s when advances in technology saw the use of these systems explode.

The latest systems are incredibly advanced compared to those early versions. Modern access control systems give you all sorts of features to allow and restrict access, as well as advanced monitoring.

How an access control system works

Access control systems aren’t just about controlling access, like the name would suggest. They also include measures like security monitoring and alarm systems.

And it’s not just about protecting your physical premises. Consider also those things you need to operate your business that you wouldn’t want getting out, like your IP and private customer information.

With the right access control system installed in your business, managing your security becomes easier. Your system will allow the free flow of people into and through the areas they need, helping them to do their job more efficiently. At the same time, the system will prevent people who don’t require access (or don’t require it at that time) from entering where they shouldn’t.

An access control system will also give you advanced insights to help you manage your business better. You’ll know which areas are being frequented the most and by whom, as well as what’s going on in your business after hours or when you’re not there.

Access control systems for your business

Think about all the people that need access to your business in order to do their jobs. There are employees and clients, of course. But also think about cleaners, service people and temporary contractors. With an access control system, you can control how each of these people gain access to your business easily and transparently.

Modern access control systems for business include electronic key cards and readers, pin pads and biometric scanners. It could also include a combination of those elements, such as where someone needs both a key card and a pin code to enter a building or certain areas.

Access control systems can be used on the outside of your business (like the front and back doors, and parking areas). But you may also choose to use them inside to control access to areas like security rooms, computer servers, management offices and more.

Amalgamated Locksmiths offers a range of access control systems and technology for business of all sizes and with all types of security requirements. We can consult with you on the best system for your business and needs and come up with a solution that fits you best. Get in touch with us today to chat about your business’ security.