While surveillance cameras tend to be the first thought when it comes to planning a complete security system, access control should be the first line of defense in most cases. Access control systems can protect businesses and their employees from unwanted guests and potentially life-threatening situations.
Surveillance cameras do a good job of deterring unwanted activity and recording it for evidence, access control has the potential to stop events from happening. The technology is progressing quickly and it’s becoming easier to shut down entire facilities or parts of a facility in an instant when a threat is present. As security needs grow and evolve, more businesses are allocating funds toward this form of security.
Access control systems also provide records that can be useful in a number of situations. Authorized employees can see who entered the building, how long they stayed, and what areas were accessed. Organizations can assign different levels of access permission to employees for better control over what goes on in the building. That means entry points can be programmed to only let certain individuals in or to restrict access based on the time or day of the week.
For the most effective protection, buildings should integrate access control solutions with communication and notification solutions to create a multi-layered system. This allows building occupants to trigger a lockdown and communicate the threat to security management, who can then alert responders, quickly and efficiently.
Alarm Computer Technology is a full-service security systems contractor that offers access control installations and integrations for commercial properties. We can design and implement access control systems that include restrictions on doors, elevators, parking lots, garages, and more. We operate in New England as well as New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Learn more about our access control products here: Access Control