No matter how successful your business may be, if your staff and your property are not safe from intruders, you stand the chance of suffering devastating losses. The ability to control the movement of people in and out of your building through an access control system is a powerful and necessary component of the business’s security program. Choosing an access control system, however, can be confusing because there are many choices out there. Before getting caught up in all the bells and whistles, there are several features you should definitely look for:
Scope of control
Consider the number of people, both employees and visitors, who need to gain access to the facility, as well as how many doors are needed to be included in the system. Make sure that the system you choose can accommodate that number of individuals and doors and still leave room for expansion.
Your access control system should provide the ability to tailor access privileges to individuals and groups of individuals with rules based on time periods, job roles and particular areas of the facility. The selected system should allow for those rules to change as the business evolves and as situations change.
Ease of use
An access system can have tons of great features, but if it’s not user-friendly and you’re confused about how to work it properly, you won’t be able to make the most of it. Making a mistake puts your business at risk. The system should be intuitive and easy to use so that everyone can learn how to navigate it and begin reaping its benefits immediately.
Access control systems are touched by many individuals thousands of times a day. Panels that are mounted on the outside of buildings are not only exposed to all sorts of weather conditions but are also vulnerable to vandalism. It’s crucial for systems to have hardware that is durable and can withstand wear and tear, extreme weather conditions, and tampering.
You should be able to build customized reports about user events for individual doors or groups of doors.
Integrating your access control system with other building systems, such as intruder alarms, fire alarms, CCTV and elevator control, can streamline and simplify the management of your facility.
Look for advanced features that can be added, such as site graphics that allow 2D images of your site to be imported, IP camera integration and “Triggers and Actions,” which can all further extend the capabilities of the access control system.
At H&R Telephones, we carefully considered all of the above criteria in determining the access control solution we would offer our customers. There was one system that stood out above the others: the Paxton Net2 Range Access Control System. This advanced PC-based solution offers centralized administration and control of sites from 1 to 1,000 doors and up to 50,000 users.
If you are interested in implementing an access control system or retrofitting an existing one, call H&R Telephones and one of our knowledgeable experts will discuss how the Paxton Access Control System can be tailored to your needs.
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