As a business owner or manager, you are aware than locking a door is not just about keeping the ‘bad guy’ out. It is more that the actual security, and in some cases, the longevity of your business is about limiting access to areas, equipment and information. But then there is the nightmare of key management. Who has one, who needs one; how many different keys does there have to be; how do you or an employee keep up with what all the keys do and where they go? In some locations key management alone could be a full-time job. And then what happens when someone claims they lost a key or an employee change – it all starts over!
Conventional access limitation has been about keying doors differently than distributing keys to the people with access in the given area. Sometimes it is even more primitive with a “Do Not Enter” sign stuck to a door. Can you be sure that your wishes of not having certain people have free access to all areas of your building are being honored?
In some cases, limiting access may not be just about keeping people out of an area, but in today’s world it can be about the safety and protection of your personnel. So what can you do to keep your employs from having to function all day with a heavy ring full of keys? You may only be dealing with one or two doors, but what happens when your location has 10. 20, a hundred or more doors? Access control is the most sensible alternative.
Equally challenging is multi-unit housing which combines all the other issues with the fact that people transition, and the new tenant does not want some previous tenant having a key to their new home. So, it is about re-keying and a new set of keys. A never-ending challenge.
Security Safe’s commercial Access Control packages are custom designed to fit your needs and application regardless of how big or how small. From a single door to thousands of doors, we have your solution. With an access control system, you can limit almost any conceivable situation depending on the type of system that best fits your needs:
The list of benefits is practically endless, but the operation is simple and precise.
A state-of-the-art access control system from Security Safe not only starts providing benefits immediately, but the system will pay for itself in saved time while offering a higher level of security than ever thought possible. All our components are site specific. We can match the type of door, the color, and the swing. Systems can combine different types of access such as systems that use both card and code depending on the location. Or for high security access locations that require both a card and a code. Similarly biometric devices can be integrated with the system from fingerprint, palm and even iris detection.
Our commercial access control systems can expand to monitor multiple locations and doors remotely through internet access, cellular or microwave technology. Imagine being able to monitor and control access to all your locations and all your doors from a single central station location. And as previously mentioned, add video surveillance to your remote locations as well.
But do not be deceived, your one or two door system is just as important to us and will receive equal quality and focus by our professional team of technicians.
The heartbeat of America is the small and independent business owner. Your security is just as important and critical to your survival as with anyone else. As a small business, owners and managers must wear many hats. Removing and easing the burden of key management simply gives you more time for all the other things that depend on your attention. Security Safe offers multiple systems that are specifically designed for single, two and four door configurations. Fact is we have equipment configurations that can meet whatever your smaller application may be. You can not only receive the sense of security knowing access to your business is controlled, but these smaller systems offer such features as remote control and status of your system through mobile apps. Regardless of where your busy schedule may take your, you can always know if your doors are locked, open and who was through it last.
As with any new system there can be a level of confusion and make the process seem overwhelming. The best remedy for this is to schedule a visit from one of our Security Safe representatives and know that from that meeting every question and concern will receive full attention and create clarity. There are a couple of points that you may want to have answered before a review to get the most from your consultation.
There are four primary types of access control functionality. Each type is based on the level of security you may want for your location. Consider what level of security would best fit your needs.
Mandatory Access Control (MAC) forces the system to act according to specific functionality. In the initial programming stages (yes, can be changed at any time) the system is laid out according to desired parameters. This is considered the most secure in that there is no variance and no means of end users bypassing or altering the methods of operation. Point of access by users are specific and limited.
Role Based Access Control (RBAC) – Is used for ease of programming and adaptation to personnel changes. Access is not based so much on who a person is, as to what group or classification the individual may carry. For example, there may be areas that are available only to your sales personnel. An individual would be assigned to that group and would then have access to all areas the particular group is allowed. If a person is promoted or moves to another group, only the group assignment has to be changed.
Rule Based Access Control – Is similar to the RBAC but assigns or denies access to users based on limitations or rules defined by the owner. Rule Based Access can be based on a series of other circumstances such as days of the week, time of day, emergency criteria, single use access or access for a specific period of time.
Discretionary Access Control is the least restrictive and in simple terms simply sets the factor that the user has a code or card for access. There is no additional questioning or confirmation, simply that the code or card is presented regardless of who may be carrying the card or entering the code. This type works well when the level of access control is simply to lock an area and keep from having to distribute keys to everyone with access.
This was mentioned earlier in this page but repeated here in functionality of the system. Most access control systems will have some kind if not multiple controllers or processors. The larger the system the more controllers and thereby a need to consider how the components will be integrated and control equipment locations. For example, it may be feasible to consider multiple controllers to limit the amount of wiring to each field access location. Likewise, the consideration should be given to the security of the controllers themselves as to their location. Obviously, the need for a secure application would not place the controllers in a publicly accessible location like a coat closet.
What areas are to be locked. This will dictate the type of locking hardware to best fit the application. Also, what type of access through the location is important; should the opening be locked from both sides or just one. For egress, should there be a physical exit device like a button on a wall, or free egress like a motion detector unlocking the door when anyone approaches?
And as with determining the type of access control philosophy to be used, what is the desired means of authorization? Reader types can involve an insert or swipe card, card with required code, code only, proximity devise (just close to the reader) into the more serious biometrics.
One of the best ways to approach your access control is from a ‘wish list’ approach meaning how large and how in-depth might you ever want to go? A system can be a simple as a single controlled location initially. But if the outcome is to expand to a larger application the best plan to start with a controller type system that has the capability to expand to your desired lever. This will avoid the need to re-invest in control equipment as time passes and the system grows.
System controllers can be interlinked and will all work in unison as a single system. The most important part is to have the initial preparation in place for the expanded system. In some circumstances where the growth may be gradual, there are systems we represent that has expandable software. The initial license may be for a smaller number of access points, but when the time comes the software can be expanded to grow the system even more.
Again, as much forethought as possible with make for a great long term experience with yuor access control system.
Even though there are those system size that would need to be monitored, most systems run automatically with no physical input needed once the system is programmed, except for changes. Unless your system needs to have someone observing every access point, access control system function independently based on the level of rules put into place in the beginning. Attention to your access control system should be minimum and, in some cases, and systems, Security Safe can make arraignments to do your programming changes remotely.
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Access control is the ability to monitor, secure and limit access to locations and areas by way of automated locking equipment. Administrator can assign entry levels for employees, contractors, guest and more.
Linking to other systems is software dependent, but the answer is mostly yes. Access control systems can be linked to timeclock features, software activation, camera system and visitor management. Integration to an access control system would be dependent on third party software.
Most of our systems offer app integration. This allows administrators to monitor status and user reports while mobile in most cases just like being at a computer. Some systems even allow mobile phones to be the means of access by use of Bluetooth or NFC linkage.
Access controllers are normally installed with backup power sources that would keep the controller and locking mechanisms working during a power outage. Since these are battery storage, extended or long-term power outages could result in equipment not operating. Since most installs do not change out typical hardware, the backup at that time would be the knob locking mechanism.
In most cases the hardware for locking systems is interchangeable as for the locks themselves and many types of card readers. Since all access systems are software based, the integration of software is always the deciding factor. Frequently readers and even access cards can be used across systems with correct programming.
As with any security system the reporting of lost, stolen or even compromised codes is essential. The benefit of an access control system is that the missing or violated code can be easily removed from the system. There is no need to change locks, hardware, nor need to reprogram any other user’s information.
Customer Focus is our goal. At Security Safe the needs and service to our clients is our driving force. We strive to make sure that the system designed for you meets your needs to the fullest – not too much, never too little. Our trained staff is not only knowledgeable about what we sell and service but are focused on doing the best and cleanest installation for you possible. And finally, we strive for a partnership with you, not just a single sale approach. We want to be your full source security provider for your duration of time in business.
Contact Security Safe today and set a visit from one of our Security Design Specialist. We will assess your situation, determine your needs, and design a system that fits your application and budget. We can provide you either a budget figure for approval and/or a project quote to begin work. Rest assured that the decades of experience and our unparalleled commitment to quality will provide you both peace of mind and the highest quality installation.