Don’t rely on a regular deadbolt and key, there are new and more effective ways to secure a building.
Savvy businesses and homeowners know that a traditional lock and key can’t provide real security. Not only are these methods easy to bypass, they don’t offer the features or options that people have come to expect from a modern security system.
Those who want better flexibility, configurability, and security should consider an access control system. Originally designed as a replacement for traditional door locks, access control systems have evolved to incorporate technology like cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and smart home devices, making them today’s best front-line defense against intrusion.
Maximize Security Without Complexity or Stress
Access control systems give you the power to decide who can access your home or business. And since the latest generation of access control technology is Internet Protocol (IP) compatible, it can be easily integrated with other security devices, like cameras and lights, to create a powerful, user-friendly solution.
No More Key Management or Lost Keys
Managing physical keys is a hassle, and could potentially cost you a lot of money if those keys get lost. When William & Mary University lost track of a master key, it was forced to spend $500,000 to replace the affected locks, while a hospital in the UK had to spend £129,000 ($167,000) to restore security after an employee stole their master key and went on “a crime spree.”
Flexible Security for Sensitive Areas
Internal doors that secure valuables or personal items can also benefit from the additional security of a home access control system. For residential customers, that means keeping children out of wine cellars, home offices, or gyms, while companies can grant access to records rooms and other resources on a temporary, must-have basis.
Detailed Security Logging
Having clear information about who accessed what resources is another important feature of an access control system. Perfect for businesses that struggle to keep inventory safe, or want to mitigate the danger of temporary or contract workers, access control systems are an excellent way to help protect yourself from the “insider threats” that have been receiving so much attention lately.
The Components of an Effective Access Control System
INCTech has experience customizing access control systems to fit any need, from securing a single internal or external door, to intelligently controlling an entire complex of office buildings. Some of the components we can help you configure for your system include the following:
Though they’ve existed for many years, the latest generation of intercom has improved greatly since the clunky systems of the past. Featuring tight integration with mobile devices, they let you quickly verify the identity of a visitor before you let them into your home or business.
Gate Openers and Vehicle Access Control
Gate openers allow you to control the exterior of your business or driveway. When combined with vehicle access control tags or stickers, they provide a reliable way to make sure unwanted parties can’t enter your home or business without permission.
But choosing and installing a gate access control system can be a complex process. First, you should determine which solution works best for your location. Some options include tag readers, digital keypad systems, and mobile app access control. INCTech can help you determine which is right for your situation by analyzing your needs and matching you with the best technology.
We can also help with the physical aspects of the system as well, like making sure it complies with building codes and is properly powered, so that you have safe, reliable access to your structure in case of disaster.
Smart locks are in the media right now as one of the hot home improvement projects. The commercial grade locks in our access control systems provide durability and security, as well as many of the features that people love about residential smart locks, like the ability to create temporary passwords for visitors and hands-free cell phone operation.
Other common access control components
- Access controller units (ACUs)
- Credential readers
- Exit devices
- Access control RADAR and software
The Era of Biometric Access Control Has Arrived
Because keys can be such a nuisance, eliminating them is a major focus of the modern access control system. While passcodes and key FOBs can help, the easiest and most secure way to grant access to your home or business is by using a standard that is truly unique to each user, like biometric data.
Using biometrics like fingerprints, facial recognition, or iris scanning instead of keys or passwords makes your access control system more secure and convenient. It also provides a futuristic “wow” appeal, which is why high-end real-estate developers have been enthusiastic about using the technology.
The Next Generation of Smart Access Control is Geo-Fencing
Another high-end feature that’s quickly become mainstream, geo-fencing creates an invisible border around your home or business, giving your access control system a way to “sense” when you or other individuals are approaching.
There are many possible uses of geo-fencing. One residential example is having a system that automatically locks doors and arms your alarm system when you leave. If some day you spontaneously drive to a different city, a geo-fenced system could be programmed to detect that movement and switch your home to “travel” mode, turning of all non-essential power and activating additional surveillance.
INCTech – Access Control Systems for Any Need
We’ve been providing customers throughout Los Angeles and Traverse City, Michigan with technology solutions for over 20 years. During that time, we’ve developed a documented process for the design and installation of residential and commercial security solutions, including access control systems.
If you’re looking to maximize the security of your office or home and have a question about how an access control system can help you do that, we encourage you to get in touch with us to find out more. The friendly experts at INCTech are always eager to help!
Have a question for your experts? Call us any time at 800.333.2989, or email us at INFO@INCTECH.NET.