Before choosing and buying an access control system and all the equipment and infrastructures needed to make it work, take a moment to consider the purpose and size of your business. First ask yourself some general questions and then go into a bit more detail.
Will you grant access only to employees or to consumers and visitors too?
Your starting point should be what you already have in your company: a wooden or glass door will require a different access control system to a metal one.
Is there anyone else who has a say in the security of your company (e.g. bodies or organisations that can carry out inspections of the workplace, insurance companies)?
Then be sure to go into a little more detail about:
1. How are you going to get in and out?
For instance, a stand-alone lock powered by internal rechargeable batteries may be the perfect answer for a door. In just a couple of minutes you have a ready-made security solution for your office without having to knock anything down or do any building work. The flip side of quick installation is that it can be more complicated to configure and manage stand-alone locks in many access control systems. Keypads are another practical and budget-friendly alternative but the risk is greater because of the possibility of sharing the credentials with people who are unauthorised to enter.
2. How are you going to secure the door(s)?
A motorised lock is a practical and convenient solution for interior doors which don’t need an electronic mechanism and there are versions which can also be applied to panic exit devices for emergency exits.
3. How are you going to manage the system?
Before making a decision about your new access control system, you must ask yourself how compatible it is with your current system and all the devices you already have in the company. You should go for solutions which, as explained in the previous paragraph, are compatible with future expansion of the system. Another aspect you should consider is how your new system will be powered and how it will fit in with the general layout of your premises.
For a small business, security does not always equal simplicity:
- The platform chosen to manage access must be able to incorporate all the relevant components, such as door security, video surveillance, alarm system and lifts
- It must be flexible, so it can easily be expanded in the future
- The system must be compliant with all local building and safety regulations
- As well as the upfront cost of the entire system, also consider any maintenance and customer service costs
As you can see, it’s not easy. But there are plenty of affordable solutions for you to choose from! You just need to analyse your company’s specific needs with great care.
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