Few employers want to allow all their employees access to all facilities all of the time. That’s why more and more businesses are using electronic access control solutions to limit employees’ admission to certain areas.
At a bare minimum, an electronic access control system can be used to allow only authorised employees into a building after hours, and to provide excellent documentation of when and where employees enter and exit.
This system is also the only technology that proactively attempts to keep unauthorised individuals out of a building, or certain areas within a facility. It’s also a perfect complement to video surveillance and burglar and fire systems, making it part of a comprehensive security solution.
The access control system is an extremely effective deterrent. It provides a very efficient means of granting entry, while maintaining a high level of building and property security. By preventing just one serious loss incident per year, an access control system more than pays for itself.
In addition to asset protection, it provides assurance that employees will be protected. The system allows entry to only authorised individuals and keeps unwelcome intruders out, by restricting individual movement and controlling who is allowed entry to specific areas at specific times. The access control system not only restricts who can go where at certain times of the day and night, it also provides an audit trail of the times that individuals are accessing facilities. Business managers can easily find out who was in a specific area at the exact time that an incident occurred.
An access control system also eliminates problems associated with mechanical key and lock systems, such as the time and cost of replacing keys when an employee’s contract is terminated, the cost of duplicate keys, lost keys, tracking who has the keys, and worrying about easy-to-duplicate keys landing up in the wrong hands.