Access control Staffordshire

What are the different types of Access Control?

Your Security Needs and Access Control

When it comes to protecting your home or business, as well as the building’s occupants, access control is one of the best ways for you to achieve peace of mind. But, access control is much more than just allowing people to access your building, access control also helps you effectively protect your data from various types of intruders and it is up to your organization’s access control policy to address which method works best for your needs. There are a number of  access control systems you have to choose from to use in your residence or business facility; some outperform others. Outlined below are overviews of the three basic types of access control systems that are available to your company so you can see which are best suited for your day-to-day operations.

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The Types of Access Control Systems

Access Control

An access control system can consist of a number of “access points” which can either grant or deny access to your staff or visitors. An access point is usually a door with an electro-mechanical door lock, but can be a turnstile or a car park barrier and is controlled via an electronic keypad or card.

Simple solutions like electronic keypads can be programmed to allow entry on the input of a valid code and are usually the most simple of access systems. The next level of security is the card based system where each person is issued with a unique coded card which must be presented to a card reader to allow access through the door.

Biometric

Biometric Security utilises a unique part of the body to interface with access control systems such as fingerprint, retina scan or facial recognition.

This solves the problem and all the associated issues with lost cards, forged cards and worn or damaged cards and ensures the correct user can access the appropriate doors. For users the system also has the advantage of removing the need to carry cards or remember pin numbers.

PC Based

Networked or PC based systems are controlled from one central computer or by logging onto networked access control software. Users then have the capability to control all access points with a control system fitted from anywhere in the building, creating individual or group user access pathways and issuing or barring access cards, fobs and tokens as needed.

Choosing the Best Access Control System for Your Organization

As you can see, when it comes to choosing the type of access control system that is most suitable for your organization, there are a number of factors involved. Some of those factors include the nature of your business, security procedures within the organisation, and the number of users on the system.