Access Control

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Access Control

Access control systems allow you to manage who has access to your site or premises, and we install systems suitable for both domestic and commercial use.

Access control for the commercial sector is pretty much the standard and an increasing take up of domestic installs, suggests ‘loosing your keys’ may soon be a thing of the past!

Choosing an access control system

The first decision in choosing an access control system is whether you want it to be standalone or networked. Both share similar component parts and in some cases they are interchangable, so it is possible to switch between a standalone and networked system at a later date.

It’s most likely the reason you would choose one system over another is down to the size of the premises, the number of doors or gates you want to control and the number of people accessing the site.

Standalone access control

Standalone systems need to be programmed at each door with one or two small units wired directly onto a door panel to control access. Access can be granted using swipe cards, proximity devices or keypads, if someone looses an access token it can be barred from the system by presenting a shadow card to the reader. The system is flexible and can still work with other standalone products to build an entire easy-to-use system supporting the same tokens across the site.

Networked access control

Networked access control systems are managed centrally, using PC based software or a mobile app. and have additional functionality over standalone systems including:

  • Management the system using PC based Software or Mobile App
  • Door locks which can work as part of a networked system or stand alone
  • Entry device for visitors to your site (External pane, door control unit and internal monitor).
  • Controller which manages the security devices connected to it (readers, keypad, electric door lock, exit button)
  • Reader, keypad and fob access devices
  • Building lockdown facility

A further evolution of the networked access control system is the web based versions, such as the Paxton 10 which combines access control with video management and intruder alarm integration via a single platform. Until recently this has involved a number of challenges however as the manufacturers of Access control, CCTV and Intruder Alarms have started to cross over into each others sectors the technology is becoming more consistent.

Additional features you may want to consider

  • SIP compatibility – the door can be answered from smartphone, tablet or PC
  • Add a secondary IP camera to the system for higher security sites
  • Pan/tilt camera functionality on the panels to capture an angled view
  • Panels have a low light sensitivity camera – ideal for use day or night
  • Video voicemail enables visitors to leave a video message
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