Basic lock and key mechanisms date back to over 6,000 years ago, and while most of us still use them for our homes, it isn’t much of a stretch to say that they are outdated — especially when it comes to the security of your business. Today, there is an easier, more efficient, and more secure way to keep your business, your merchandise, your employees, and your customers safe: Access Control.
What is Access Control?
Access Control is a simple technology that you have probably interacted with at some point in time. If you have ever been buzzed into an apartment, used a key card or fob to enter a building, or used your fingerprint or retina to enter a location, then you have experienced access control.
So what exactly is it? Access Control is a security technology that gives its controller the ability to limit access to a specific physical location such as a campus, a building, or a room. It is incredibly useful when it comes to the security of large facilities that have many people coming and going each day because different levels of access can be granted to different individuals at different times.
How does Access Control work?
Let’s say you are the facilities manager for a motor parts factory. Every day, you have four distinct groups of people that enter your building: Office workers, factory workers, the quality control team, and visitors. Each of these groups needs access to different parts of the building at different times of the day, so you decide to purchase a Card Reading Access Control System for your company. This means that to gain access to certain areas of your property, your employees will need to scan a key card. Let’s see how you could set up your system to optimize security.
Office Workers: Your office employees all work a relatively consistent shift from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, but some come in as early as 6:00 AM and leave as late as 6:00 PM. So, you give all office employees access to the office section of the building from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Factory Workers: Unlike your office workers, the factory workers work in three shifts, however, they only need access for the shifts they are working. Since most employees consistently work either first, second, or third shift, you grant them access to the factory section of the building based on their schedules. First shift factory employees get access from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, second shift from 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM, and third shift from 12:00 AM to 9:00 AM.
Quality Control Team: The quality control team is responsible for working with materials within a sterilized room. This room lies within the factory, so the quality control employees need access to both the factory and the “clean room.” This team works three shifts like the other factory workers, so you grant them access to both the factory and the clean room based on the shift they work.
Visitors: Last up we have visitors. Potential clients, partners, auditors, and family members all visit the business at unpredictable times. Luckily, Access Control allows you to pre-program key cards with certain restrictions as well as time restraints. You have a few standard visitor cards on hand that expire after two hours and grant access to the office and factory.
This is a simple example, but hopefully, it gives you some idea of how you might use access control for your business. Now let’s get to the good stuff. Why does your New Jersey business need Access Control?
Why do you need Access Control?
Access Control has many benefits that fall under the general umbrella of improving the general safety and security of your business, but let’s take a deeper look at a few of the most impactful benefits Access Control provides.
1. Protect Your Customers and Employees
With an Access Control System installed, not just anyone will be able to walk onto your property or into your building. Someone will have to give them access. In the event that a dangerous person does manage to get into your facilities, areas of the building that are only accessible to certain employees can serve as safe havens from the threat. Many Access Control Systems can be paired with intercom and/or video surveillance systems as well. With these integrations, a receptionist or security officer can monitor different entry points of your building, only allowing individuals who are cleared for access inside.
2. Reduce Theft and Vandalism
When an employee misplaces a key, what do you do? Do you hope for the best, make them a new key, and move on, or do you change all of the locks to your building? Neither option is ideal. All it takes is one upset or absent-minded employee to cause harm to your business when you work with a lock and key. Each duplication you make is one more person who can access your property — and depending on where a key ends up, this can be disastrous for your business. With Access Control, this problem is eliminated entirely. If an employee loses their key card or walks off with it, all you have to do is deactivate their card.
3. Monitor Property Use
One of the most useful features of an Access Control System is its ability to track who enters and leaves your property, and when. This information can be incredibly valuable for three reasons.
- This information allows you to tighten your security by only granting access to those who need it when they need it. Five employees may say they need access to the building from 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM, but what does the data show?
- In the event of an “hours-worked” dispute, managers can see exactly when an employee arrived to work and when they left.
- If your business experiences theft of any kind, your Access Control System can show you exactly who was on your property at the time of the incident.
4. Grant Access Remotely
One of the biggest headaches of working with contractors and maintenance crews is being onsite. You need to be at your business to let these individuals in and you need to be sure to lock up when they leave. With the right Access Control System, however, you can do all of this remotely. No more adhering to the random hours of outside help. With the You can unlock and lock specific entry points to your New Jersey business from the comfort of your home.
5. Cut Operating Costs
Through integration with other building systems, Access Control Systems can help you reduce your operating costs. Your system knows when certain sections of your property are occupied because it records when an occupant enters or exits a zone where access is limited. With this information, the building’s control system can turn off unnecessary lighting and heating units, reducing your costs.
Is Access Control right for your business?
There is no contest when it comes to the best security option for your business — Access Control is the clear winner. If you’re interested in an Access Control System for your business and would like to get a quote or discuss how you might utilize it on your property, we at Supreme Security Systems are always available to talk. We have been servicing New Jersey business for nearly 90 years can help you find the best solution possible. You can click here to read more about our Access Control Systems, or here to begin a conversation with us!