Access Control

Why Should Your Business Use Access Control?

Installing Access Control systems at your premises or site is a positive step towards combating and preventing burglary, vandalism and unauthorised access to car parks. It allows you to control who enters your premises and at what times, plus what parts of the building or complex they can access.

Whether you want to restrict and control entrance onto your property, or protect assets in your office, reduce theft in your retail outlet or increase security measures in your factory, SMD Electrical offer multiple Access Control System solutions to choose from.

Have you chosen an access control system for your business? If not, here are SMD Electrical Contractors Ltd reasons why you should choose one right away!

Have you chosen an access control system for your business? If not, here are 8 reasons why you should choose one right away!

No more hassle of duplicating the keys

Every single time you duplicate the key to your building, you are taking a risk, that way an individual other than you can access your property. Sure, you can make them “non-reproducible”, but there are always ways of getting around that. All it takes is one disgruntled employee to create a situation that can have devastating results, like theft, vandalism, and even more serious criminal activity. You might have to change the locks every single time an employee leaves the organization, this option could prove to be highly expensive and it still won’t stop the current employees from sharing the keys if they wanted to.

With an access control system installed, you can avoid all of the above mentioned hassles. With that you can delegate control to one or a handful of individuals who control who enters and exits the facility. Immediate deactivation of an ID badge or other security credential is quick and easy to do.

2. Employee protection

In present times threats are endless, you never know what kind of people walk through your door. To avoid breakthroughs you need get an access control system for your premises. This way you will be able to successfully prevent the unauthorized individuals from entering the premises and you will be able to protect the people who are supposed to be in there working for you. You will have a peace of mind that will increase your job satisfaction and productivity. When your staff feels they are safe from harm during their work hours, they will be able to give in their best every day when they come in to work and that will boost the overall productivity of your business.

Activity monitoring and reporting

An access control system will take note of every person who walks in and out of your door throughout the day. If in an unfortunate circumstance a criminal or intruder were to trespass your premises, this log will prove invaluable in resolving the cases. It can also monitor areas like the card clocks to resolve any timekeeping issues that you might be experiencing. Furthermore, the reports can be generated to determine employee tardiness and other issues that decrease productivity.

It can keep tabs on staff and control their access

If you are a business owner who has employees or contractors, like janitorial staffs who tend to work more than the normal working hours, you can restrict their access to hours and days when they absolutely need to be there.

Additionally, every office might have employees that can have access to only particular areas that are important for their work, and not others. This is crucial in restricting access to sensitive areas or data to only those with the need and clearance to know. An access control system has the power to program ID credentials to limit access to certain areas only.

Remote access control

When an outside contractor or other non-staff member needs access to your secure facility, the authorized individual can secretly open the door for that individual to enter the door. This provides flexibility while also ensuring continued security measures are in place. If you were to combine this with security cameras where you can see an individual, it would add to the already existing security measures of your facility.

We hope that these reasons are enough for you to choose an access control system for your business right away. Remember that you can never be too safe when it comes to your corporate premises. Be a smart business owner and invest in a state-of-the-art control system that provides easy integration. Stay in charge and enjoy peace of mind!

Automated Access

If you’re looking to restrict unauthorised access to your business premises, car parks and grounds, automated entry is a great solution. An Automated Access System solution from SMD Electrical with gates, barriers and vehicle entry systems can be highly effective in the fight against theft, criminal damage and vandalism, and the unauthorised movement of goods.

Control access of vehicles into distribution warehouses, factories, flats and property developments, domestic driveways, offices and car parks with barriers, bollards, doors, shutters and sliding and hinged automated gates.

Automated Access Electronic Control System solutions include Digital coded keypads, proximity readers, radio control, intercom and RFID technology.

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Common Fusebox Problems To Look Out For

A fuse box (sometimes referred to as a breaker panel) represents the electrical “central nervous system” of your home. While these are highly reliable pieces of equipment, there can still be times when problems will occur. These must be addressed by a trained professional for safety reasons. It is nonetheless a good idea to take a look at some common signals that expert help is required. Let’s examine a handful of symptoms that should be diagnosed by a licensed electrician.

Fuses that Frequently Trip for no Apparent Reason

Fuses are meant to protect a home and all associated equipment from electrical overloads. There can be times when a fuse trips or “blows” frequently and subsequently needs to be reset. This is often a symptom of bad wiring or a short circuit contained within the box. An electrician will be able to discover the exact root of this problem.

Fuses that are Loose or Fall Out

Fuses are meant to sit within their terminals snugly. However, there are times when one or more becomes loose. This might signal that the terminals have become corroded or otherwise mechanically impaired. Once again, always seek the advice of an expert as opposed to trying to sort the problem out yourself.

Melted Fuses and/or Burnt Terminals

This is a definite signal that something is awry. Burnt fuses or melted terminals are the result of overheating; a sign that there is a serious problem with the fuse box. If you happen to notice this symptom, call Pulse Electrix as soon as possible. Our electricians in Manchester are more than happy to be of assistance.

Strange Smells or Sounds Emitting from the Fuse Box

Have you recently noticed strange hissing or popping noises coming from the fuse box? Does it emit a strong or acrid odour? These are concrete signs that there is a serious internal issue. Once again, do not wait to speak with a professional. Such problems will not disappear on their own and in severe cases, a fire could occur.

A fuse box is one of the most important electrical components within your home, so it only makes sense that regular maintenance and safety checks are critical. Please do not hesitate to use this article as a quick checklist if you suspect that an issue may be present. Finally, always employ the services of a fully licensed and insured electrician.

RCD fuseboard installation

Why You Need An RCD Fitted In Your Home

Your electrical installation should be checked every 10 years by a qualified electrician, but an RCD is a key safety device that every household should install within your fuseboard.
We all use electricity in our homes every day without thinking about how safe it is. But the campaigning charity Electrical Safety First estimates that around 70 people are killed, with 350,000 seriously injured annually due to an electrical accident in the home.

An RCD is a safety device that helps protect against electric shock or fire by interrupting the flow of electricity when it detects a fault. RCDs are very sensitive and should be installed on your fuseboard to provide the greatest protection. You can also find RCD switches on sockets, as well as on portable devices that can be plugged into standard sockets.

Fitting RCDs into fuseboards across all circuits has been part of the UK safety standard since 2008. Current regulations say all socket outlets should be covered by a 30amp RCD. If you’ve got any installations outside or in the bathroom, an RCD is essential. If you don’t have one on the circuit when you’re using a lawnmower or other electrical products outside, ensure there’s an RCD on the flex cable to protect you if the cable is accidentally cut.

If your home wiring was installed before 2008, or has not been checked recently, it’s worth getting SMD Electrical and our team of qualified electricians in to ensure you have the necessary RCDs on your fuseboard.

RCD’s are so essential, especially when anyone is conducting any electrical work in your home. For any information on our RCD installations contact SMD Electrical on 01782 216911.

When fitted, an RCD (residual current device) will monitor your wiring throughout your home and will instantly break an electric circuit if they detect an unbalanced/leaking current, therefore protecting you from any risks of electrocution or fires. Essentially they will switch the electricity off automatically if they detect a fault.
The amount of current that can leak through is more than enough to cause significant harm to anybody who comes into contact with it, including cardiac arrest. RCD’s can detect these leakages and disconnect the current in as little as 40 milliseconds to reduce the severity of any injuries.
The catch? There are none! There is literally no excuse not to have this lifesaving device installed in your home. RCD’s are so essential, especially when anyone is conducting any electrical work in your home.
There are three main types of RCD’s; fixed RCD’s, Socket-Outlet RCD’s and Portable RCD’s. Each have their own unique uses and benefits, for more information take a look at our RCD guide.
If you know you need to get an RCD fitted in your home or if you want further reassurance over your electrical safety, use our Find An Electrician tool to find a registered electrician in your area.

WE ARE RECRUITING SECURITY ENGINEERS

 

 

SMD Electrical are recruiting for security engineers. Are you a security engineer looking to work with a local, honest and respectable company? If so pop in for a coffee or call Luke on 01782 216911.

As a Security Engineer you will  be responsible for the installation and service of CCTV, Intruder Alarms, Fire Alarm Systems and Access Control.

You will be provided with:
– Company Vehicle
– Company Uniform
– Full initial and on-going Product Training

You should be:
– Self-motivated
– Be of smart appearance
– Previous experience working within a similar role
– Must have background working with Intruder Alarms, CCTV and Access Control systems
– Full valid UK Driving Licence
– Flexible regarding working hours

Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written.

This is a full time position based from home with the expectancy to travel to our office as and when required.

If you are interested and feel you have the relevant skills and experience, please email a copy of your CV to: luke@smdelectrical.co.uk

 

SMD ELECTRICAL SECURE CCTV INSTALLATION AND ARE ON SITE AT WELL KNOWN BAKERY

We are delighted to announce that we have secured the contract and are on site to carry out a IP CCTV installation at a very well known bakery. The system will consist of 40 plus IP cameras from PTZ’s, to turret’s & bullets. We have worked with the bakeries security team and our suppliers to design an IP based system to suit their needs. More information will be published as the job progresses…

For any information on IP CCTV systems contact 01782 216911.

SMD ELECTRICAL SECURE ACCESS CONTROL CONTRACT AT LOCAL THEATRE

SMD’S security division has been awarded the contract to install a full Paxton access control system with Control soft integration at a local theatre in Stoke on Trent. Staff at the theatre are really excited and looking forward to the option of using their mobile phones along with HID readers to open doors. Yes this is the future, users can now use their mobile phones as well as or instead of fobs to access secure areas locked down by access control. For more information on mobile integration please contact our security department on 01782 216911.

We are recruiting for Security Engineers

We are currently looking for an experienced Installation/Service Engineer to work from our Stoke office.

As a Security Engineer you will work as part of a team and be responsible for the installation and service of CCTV, Intruder Alarms and Access Control Systems to SSAIB standards.

You will be provided with:
– Company Vehicle
– Company Uniform
– Full initial and on-going Training

You should be:
– Self-motivated
– Be of smart appearance
– Previous experience working within a similar role
– Must have background working with Intruder Alarms, CCTV and Access Control systems
– Full valid UK Driving Licence
– Flexible regarding working hours

Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written.

This is a full time position with the expectancy to travel as and when required.

If you are interested and feel you have the relevant skills and experience, please email a copy of your CV to: luke@smdelectrical.co.uk

SMD ELECTRICAL HAVE RE-LOCATED TO FESTIVAL PARK

SMD Electrical Contractors have now re-located to Festival Park. Why not pop in for a cup of tea and a chat?

You can view the latest in LED office lighting and even the latest Security products on the market, CCTV, Door Access & Intruder Alarms.

4 Ridgehouse Drive, Festival Park, Stoke on Trent ST1 5SJ 

01782 216911.