3 Crucial Things to Consider When Selecting an Access Control System for Your Facility
An access control system is a series of hardware (card readers, door strikes, access cards, intercoms, etc.) and software that allows you to limit or grant access to your facility. It can serve as an added layer of security for the things that are most important to your organization – employees, customers, assets and classified information.
However, installing an efficient and effective access control system can be a large investment and it can have quite an impact on your day-to-day operations. As such, you want to make sure you choose the right system for you the first time around. Here are 3 things to consider when you are determining what type of access control system is a good fit for your facility:
What type of facility will the access control system be installed in? Will it be in an office building, a warehouse, a hotel, a school? The primary use of the facility will have an impact on the type of components that will be best for the system.
The industry that the facility is used for will have an impact on the value of the items that the system is trying to limit access to (as well as the cost to replace those items). An office supply room will not require as thorough of an access system as a warehouse full of electronics or a room filled with confidential records.
One of the main groups who will be impacted by the installation of an access control system is your employees, so it is important to keep them in mind when making your selection.The number of employees entering and exiting the facility on any given day will have an impact on the type of access control system you will be able to use, particularly if different employees need to have different levels of access.
For example, say you are trying to secure a large warehouse that contains a small room of confidential records. All employees need some way to be granted access to the warehouse, but only the managers need access to the room of records. You will need a system that makes it easy to grant basic access to a large number of people, but can be tailored to give certain people a higher level of access. In this scenario, the best option would be to assign every employee an access card that is programmed per door, to allow the proper access levels.
Perhaps the most important thing to consider when choosing an access control system is how much you are willing (and able) to spend. As with most technology related products, a smaller budget means simpler technology and fewer features. Many commercial security providers offer a number of system components to meet your needs and budget; components ranging from relatively inexpensive (key-cards and key fobs) to quite pricey (biometric scanners).
The components that make up the system itself are not the only cost associated. There is also the cost that comes from actually managing the system and hosting the system. You can choose to host the servers in-house, or you can have them hosted in the “cloud”.