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Top 5 Advantages of Access Control

By Morgana Siggins

December 2, 2019


While you may have been hesitant to invest in an Access Control Security System, or are unable to justify the high costs of purchasing sophisticated security equipment, you still need to keep your multiple locations safe with control access. With incidents of industrial vandalism and theft happening more often than ever, you need to protect your company's mission-critical assets.

If this concerns you, a high-quality access control system will enhance the security of your sites. Let's take a look at the characteristics of this system, and the top five benefits you'd receive after implementation.

What Does an Access Control System Do?

An access control system, or building access system, protects your profits by keeping revenue-generating equipment secure.

It will also reduce the cost of managing geo-diverse remote sites, allowing you to view and manage access remotely from a central terminal.

Key Elements of a Well Designed Access Control System

A building access system is composed of four basic elements: the master, the site controller, the entry control unit, and the user input device. These four components are critical to creating a secure, properly designed building access system.

  • Master Station

  • Site Controller

  • Entry Control Unit

  • User Input Device (Keypad or Proxy Reader)

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One of the advantages of a door access control system is that it solves the problems of traditional lock and keys. The BAS, for instance, consists of an Entry Control Unit device, keypads, and card readers.

Main Access Control System Benefits

1. Maintain Security of your Sites

This is the biggest benefit of a building access system: to properly secure your remote sites. Traditional keys cannot give you user-level access control that building access systems can give you, and they certainly cannot provide you with a log of every entry and exit.

Also, an electronic access system will help you give access to certain people access to certain areas in your facility.

2. Avoid Re-keying When a Key is Lost or Stolen

An electronic user database means that you never have to change locks at your sites. So, if a keycard is ever lost, it can be immediately removed from the database and a new one can be issued. If an employee leaves your company, his or her access rights can be deleted within seconds. Since a keycard can't be easily duplicated, this greatly lowers your overall exposure to risk.

With an effective access control system, your single key or access code grants you access to every door you need to go through, so there's no chance of forgetting the key for a particular door. If you get to a site where you need access and you are not recognized by the system, a network operator can add you to the list instantly.

3. Maintain Electronic Logs for Review After an Incident

Keys always work, even when you don't want them to. There are probably few legitimate reasons why a site needs to be accessed on Sundays at 3 am, but you can't restrict access times with traditional keys.

One of the benefits of access control system is that it can log who enters and exits your sites for later review. This can be an invaluable tool when investigating vandalism or theft, or for tracking response times or technical activities internally.

4. "Buzz" People in if They Forget a Key

Every time a technician forgets to take a key on a truck-roll, your travel time and expense doubles. That tech has to drive back to the office, pick up a key, then drive all the way back out to the site. The same situation can happen if that tech simply picks up the wrong key, or large organizations will have at the very least dozens of similar-looking keys.

This all means that physical locks don't support remote "buzz in." If an unexpected event comes up and you want to allow access to a site immediately, you can't if you use traditional physical locks.

With a building access system, if a tech or outside contractor needs access to a locked site, you can open that door remotely from your central terminal.

5. Seamlessly Integrate with Your Current Network Fault Monitoring System

If you accomplish network monitoring and access control with a single system, you are doing yourself and your company a big favor. Integration with your remote monitoring system will provide you with many advantages. Some of them are:

  • Achieving price economies by purchasing one system instead of two.

  • Receiving building access alarms on the same screen as all of your other network devices.

  • Eliminating the need for another NOC terminal.

  • Leveraging existing monitoring tool investments while avoiding installation of expensive new transports.

  • Single point of contact with only one vendor.

By integrating your building access system into your current remote site management system, you are also establishing access control that can be managed from a central location, greatly reducing truck roll costs.

Get a Free Building Access Consultation from Experts

Determining your site's security needs can be challenging. If you are under pressure with a multitude of responsibilities, then it would be far too time-consuming to properly evaluate your existing access control system and remote sites.

Let a free building access consultant help you. We can survey your remote sites step-by-step, making sure you don't miss any opportunities to tighten your security - and give you both control and peace of mind.

One of our expert consultants will help you determine which budget-friendly building access system can best integrate with your existing security setup. Our goal is to help you maximize ROI while minimizing expenses all with a catered solution.

Lastly, since DPS is a leader in both access control as well as alarm monitoring, you'll learn how integration into a single system can cut costs and protect your most valuable investments.

Don't leave your remote sites at risk any longer, call me today and let's discuss how our Building Access System can be the best-fit solution for you.

Morgana Siggins

Morgana Siggins

Morgana Siggins is a marketing writer, content creator, and documentation specialist at DPS Telecom. She has created over 200 blog articles and videos sharing her years of experience in the remote monitoring industry.