If your business is in the process of considering a door access system, perhaps it’s time for a quick recap on why these kinds of systems are an excellent idea.
Assuredly most are familiar with the traditional way to lock down a building by merely issuing employees standard metal keys. Or perhaps combination locks are used to make sure valuable assets stay safe. There is seemingly no problem to this traditional method, unless, of course, let’s say you part ways with a disgruntled employee on bad terms, and maybe he keeps the key, and perhaps he’s the only one who knows the combination to the lock? Entire building locking systems must be re-keyed based on personnel and security concerns.
The procurement of a card access system really requires an in-depth business analysis. Which doors are important enough to merit a flexible, electronic access system, driven by software and able to be instantly locked or unlocked with a keycard, or even remotely via mobile devices?
Bringing us to question 1- Where is door access needed?
Obviously, entry and exit points are critical for physical security reasons. But doors leading to valuable assets, like warehouses and server rooms, also demand some attention. And some rooms, like executive suites, network operations or conference rooms, maybe permission-based, in that only some small percentage of employees should ever be able to access these rooms.
Question 2- And when these rooms are determined, what type of entry methods should be used?
Cards and fobs are very popular, as they fit in wallets and keychains. They’re also hard to counterfeit and more secure than pin codes and passwords. Simply install a reader wherever a card entry spot is needed. Biometrics are considered the most secure, as they use thumbprints and retina scan info to allow access. Great for those extra special internal spaces.
Remember that once a system is operational, it’s critical to have a trusted employee trained to manage the system. He or she will be responsible for enabling and disabling card credentials, scheduling locked or unlocked periods based on business hours and holidays, retaining passwords, accessing reports, maintaining the servers, and setting permissions for individual employees.
Question 3- Should the door access system be integrated with other systems?
Another consideration is integration. Some card access systems need some extra bells and whistles to really be effective. For example, if a company really wants to ensure that a server room door only grants access to the right people, it may also want to put a camera in the server room, and tie that camera through software to the door in question, making for a nice recording of any breach in security that may arise. Businesses can also tie doors to traditional alarm systems with door and motion sensors, which will notify the authorities of unwanted visitors.
Question 4- Do you need remote programming access for your electronic access system?
It’s nice for business managers to have the peace of mind to lock and unlock doors, as well as add and delete system users from their phones while they’re away.
Lastly, installing door hardware in existing buildings can be a challenge. Take a look at potential cabling pathways back to main network closets. In some cases, conduit may be needed. Some doors can use electric strikes, while others may require heavier duty magnetic locks or crash bars. Wireless options are also out there. And always use a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) with a system in case of power outages. If the power goes out, card access systems, considered “fail-safe” by building code, will allow all doors to unlock, so it’s essential to maintain back-up power to these systems to keep them secure.
TSAChoice installs multiple types of access control systems, scalable from one-door offices to the largest manufacturing plants and education campuses. And we either can support and train onsite staff on the systems or manage the entire system remotely.
If you are in the Asheville, NC or Greenville, SC area, contact us, or give us a call to discuss a solution for your business.