What is an access control system or a keyless entry system? No matter how many systems are installed each year, many still don’t really understand these systems and the benefits of using them. There is one common reason for using these systems and that is to protect people, assets and property.
Access Control systems are about more than monitoring doors; they are an integral part of any security system and give users a convenient platform to manage their facilities. Traditional keys cannot track who or when people are accessing your building, and when keys go missing rekeying locks can be extremely expensive. Access Control systems solve all of these problems and many more, including:
OK, but let’s really understand the difference between an Access Control System and a Keyless Entry System. Opinions may vary, but, let’s give it a shot. Don’t over think this concept. When you think about true Access Control, consider the word “control”. When thinking about Keyless Entry, while it accomplishes many of the same common items, Keyless Entry is typically used for small 1-2 door applications, where you just want to get the hard keys out of the employees’ hands and allow entry in to certain employees into your facility. Some common applications where Keyless Entry Systems are used are; restaurants, shopping malls, multiple use business facilities, small businesses, some educational facilities, etc.
Let’s see, what are some advantages to true Access Control versus Keyless Entry?
Access Control usually means having a door position indicator and request to exit device, such as a motion sensor, push button, card reader, crash bar or another indicator to let us know someone is leaving the controlled area. Keyless Entry typically just is concerned with who get’s in a controlled area. Not typically worried about a door being left open too long, propped open, door alarms, etc.
Access Control provides multiple levels of card holder control permissions, information and reporting capabilities. Keyless Entry Systems don’t concern themselves with all these levels of security and functionality.
I don’t want to get too deep into this, but want to give you some items to consider when upgrading or installing your first “Access” door entry system. Both types of systems are viable and you should consider what your true needs are when making these decisions. A security industry professional, such asFearing’s, has the ability to help you make good decisions while determining your ultimate goals. So, whether you are looking to do 1-2 doors, 20 doors or 500 doors, there are some good solutions available to you. Make sure you seek an industry professional to further increase your knowledge of best practices.
There are some other factors to consider when determining the best way to have your system installed: