We have come a long way since the introduction of the solid key. Access control systems have become a vital security addition for businesses and buildings worldwide. They provide reassurance and safety to millions of individuals. Integrated in physical security entrances, they create the most secure solution for granting access and mitigating unauthorised entry. The access control system grants and manages access to certain areas of your building, while the physical security entrance operates to deter, detect or prevent unauthorised access.
What is an Access Control System?
An access control system is the method of managing access to your building, or certain areas of you building. An access control system typically consists of:
- access control devices, such as access cards and card readers
- access management dashboard
- hardware, such as access control panels and access control servers
Access control systems reduce the risk involved in data- and product theft and increase employee safety. They are commonly installed with a two-factor or multi-factor identification process. They could require a card or token and a piece of information, such as a password.
Why an Access Control System Alone is Not Enough
Access control devices are often installed alongside swinging doors with the intention of reducing unauthorised entries. However, once open, a swinging door can allow multiple users to go through on one single credential.
This is why combining electronic access control systems with physical security solutions has become increasingly popular. Integrating access control systems into speed gates and security revolving doors solves many issues concerning unauthorised access into buildings and facilities.
Anti-Tailgating. Anti-Loitering. Anti-Passback.
Access control systems combined with physical entrance solutions provide a better way to manage, monitor and control access points in a building.
Most automated access control systems alone cannot detect how many people at one time are entering. Integrate them into physical security entrances and they offer anti-tailgating technology. The access control system will then be able to detect you when you approach the entryway and if you have successfully passed through it.
Depending on the security entrance, the product will either give off a signal or deny access to someone trying to gain unauthorised access.
In busy environments, poor people flow can cause access problems. Tailgaiting technology helps by letting you pass without interruption, while denying access to unauthorised users.
Accompanying anti-tailgating is anti-loitering technology. Anti-loitering technology monitors your progress through the entryway - ensuring continued movement.
Finally, anti-passback technology allows access cards and keys to be monitored. If the system detects a second entry of the same card or key within a small timeframe, access will be denied to the second user. Access cards cannot be “passed back” to other users.
What Access Control System to Integrate in which Security Entrance?
The best combination of access control system and security entrance is based upon your specific needs. Think about the following:
- Do you need perimeter security?
- How many points of access do you have?
- Should there be different authorisation rules based upon job role?
- Should there be different time-based authorisation rules?
- Are there any rooms or areas where you require an extra layer of security?
- Is two factor authentication enough, or do you need multi factor authentication?
Depending on your need and level of security, there are various access control devices and security entrances you can consider. A few of the possible access control devices are:
For each of these, you need to consider in what type of security entrance you will integrate your chosen access control system. Compatible products are:
Perimeter security is mostly taken care of by installing full height turnstiles in combination with proximity cards. Access to your office building can be managed by installing a bank of speed gates in combination with proximity readers, RFID access control systems access control system or biometric devices. For the highest level of security, you will need high security doors and a combination of different access control systems.
Choose Your Access Control System and Security Entrance
Do you need help in determining the best access control solution for your security entrance? Read more on access control systems by downloading the brochure in the tab above or contact your local entry expert for advice.