Choosing the Right Access Control System for Your Building

Controlling access in and out of your commercial building is an essential component of your security plan. It’s important to choose the right access control system to cover all your needs. It’s one of the most important choices you will make concerning business technology services. First, you need to have a thorough understanding of your needs.

Choosing Your Access Control System

There are a number of factors you need to consider when choosing an access control system. You want you and all your tenants to feel safe and secure while inside your building. To that end, consider the following 5 factors:

1) Type

There are a number of different types of access control systems you can choose from. Some of the more popular ones include: magnetic locks, striker locks, number pad entry, and security ID badges. You need to determine which type of system you feel most comfortable with and is affordable.

2) Size

What size building will your system give access to? Is there only one entry door or multiple? The number of other doors and fire and emergency exits is also important to know. It’s likewise important to note if you have separate entrances for employees and customers and if you have multiple entrances that all need monitoring. All of this will help determine the size of the access control system you need.

3) Layout

You also need to take into account the layout of your building. Note all restricted areas and areas you would like to control access to. Where is all the main traffic concentrated? You may want increased surveillance in key areas.

4) Service

It’s also important to know the level of service your access control supplier will give you. What is the installation process? Get a good idea about their ongoing support and service. How will they handle problems that may arise? You want to know you’re in the best hands.

5) Customization

It’s also important to know how much they’re able to customize the approach to fit your needs. Do they offer different options and are they willing to work with you to create a solution that best fits your needs? Ask a lot of questions, so you know what the possibilities are. Make sure they can accommodate everything you need.

Authorized Access Only

The businesses that occupy your building want to know their employees and assets are safe and secure. Your access control system controls all traffic going in and out of your building. You can not only keep unauthorized individuals from entering your building, you can also keep track of all authorized access. Make your commercial building as safe and secure as possible by choosing the right access control system.
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