You Already Know What is Access Control and How it Works
And you might not even know it.
Access Control is an incredibly popular replacement for traditional key and lock systems. You have most likely used it a few times without even realizing it.
- Have you ever used a keycard or fob to enter an office building?
- Have you used an intercom speaker to get into an apartment?
That’s Access Control.
The Technology Behind Access Control
Access Control is a security technology that allows you to control who has access to specific areas of your apartment building, office, place of business. For most control of access, a key card or key fob is programmed with a set of specific access permissions. The employee, customer, or tenant can then use that card or fob to access the facility through a proximity reader, mag stripe reader, or another reading device. Today’s systems are so advanced, that access can be limited to certain time ranges and specific areas of your facility.
What About Your Needs?
Access Control can be as simple or as complex as you need it to be. And it can be expensive, or not, depending on your needs. UGSS can create a standard key replacement tool to a fully integrated security system.
Access Control for an Apartment Building
Let’s say you have a 30-unit apartment building in Jamaica New York. You have 60 tenants who need access 24 hours a day. You’re concerned about random individuals walking into the building and causing trouble. It would be relatively easy for someone to walk in, and attempt theft or harm the property, and leave without being noticed. You’ve had a few instances of individuals letting in strangers thinking they were helping a neighbor. In these instances, your building could be easily harmed causing all kinds of trouble for you and your building.
Basic Key Replacement Solution
To address these security risks, you get Access Control. The doors to your building access doors are locked at all times, but each of your tenants has access to the building yet not the office or other non-public spaces in the building via a key fob. No strangers can randomly walk onto your property and create trouble, and forgetful office employees are no longer an issue.
Add a little bit of safety education for those who may want to hold the door for a stranger. Problem solved.
Access Control in Medium-Sized Businesses
It has been ten years since you first implemented Access Control at your dentist’s office. You’ve since grown to 30 employees and expanded your space. You are happy with the program, but you’ve had a few incidents. Recently, an employee entered the office on the weekend and stole some office equipment. Because each key fob has an identification number that is recorded when an employee enters your facility, you were able to catch the offender rather easily, but you’d like to eliminate the risk.
Key Replacement, Time and Zone Restrictions
You feel you need to eliminate the problem. Easily done. You adjust the permissions of your key fobs so that your staff only has access to the main door, not any more secure rooms in the office. Also, you limit the time at which your employees have access. Office employees can access the office from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Access Control for Large Companies
For larger organizations, such as those with over 1,000 employees working at multiple locations. With this number of employees, security needs to be rigorous. It may be that you need a visual component to your Access Control program.
Key Replacement, Time and Zone Restrictions, Photo ID
It is possible to add customizable access control system keycards that can include high-quality, full-color photos. UGSS could have your employee keycards remade to include this feature and implement a check-in process at the front desk of your office for visitors. For guests passing through one of your buildings will have a temporary form of identification, and any employees will have their company-mandated photo ID. If a stranger enters your facility they will stick out immediately due to their lack of identification.
A Little Education Goes a Long Way
Times are strange. Quarantine limits our ability to help you in person (at least at the time of this writing). That does not mean you cannot get smart about Access Control and your facility.