One of the primary concerns that a business moving into an existing office space or building has, is security, or in other words, commercial office building access control. Each business entity is unique in its security requirements – controlling access to restricted or sensitive areas, having areas accessible both to employees and visitors or granting access to cleaning crews or contractors.
An efficient, dependable and flexible electronic access control solution should be able to address these concerns, manage entry, and increase business security. However, a pre-existing access control system in the building your company is moving into may not be able to meet your security needs adequately.
Action 1st Los Prevention carries a wide range of access control products and offers high quality keyless entry system installation. We offer alternatives that can work with an existing system or can suggest an upgrade that will perfectly address your particular needs.
Not too long ago, the norm for commercial office buildings was to control access through the traditional lock and master key system. Though this can still work for small operations involving just a few doors, it is not the most practical solution for buildings with multiple floors and entries.
This is largely due to the difficulty in tracking physical keys, and the impracticality of changing locks if there is employee turnover. Further, with traditional locks and master key systems, there is no entry and exit audit trail.
Electronic access control systems replace physical locks and keys with keyless access control locks. People are granted or denied access to restricted areas – office suites, storage facilities or parking garages using entry devices such a keypads, card readers or biometric scanners. These will be discussed in more detail later.
Building access control systems do more than control entry to restricted areas. They allow for audit trails by keeping electronic records of entries and exits through doors. These help in identifying who used a particular door at any given time. The audit trails also provide additional information on all people in the building at a given time, what areas they are in, how long they stayed and when they left.
If and when an incident happens, it becomes possible to pinpoint who was in the building or even in a particular area in the building when it happened. The audit trail provides valuable information during an investigation.
Each business has different security requirements with varying degrees of access control required. The main advantage of an electronic access control system is flexibility. The system allows for different levels of access and can be customized for each user requiring entry into the building.
With an electronic access control system, it becomes possible for public visitors to enter the premises but they can be kept from getting past restricted points where only employees are allowed.
Employees can be coded with access to specific areas depending on their need, department affiliation, or any number of factors. Access can even be restricted for employees based on day, date or time. An example – employees may not be able to enter the building after regular office hours, or on a Saturday when offices are closed without prior authorization.
For areas requiring extra security where only a select number of employees may gain access (eg laboratories, IT rooms, supply rooms), an electronic access control system can program individual privileges. The privileges can be further controlled so they expire on a given date. Or an extra layer of security can be installed using keypads, keypad/card combinations or biometric scanning devices to control access.
Having an electronic access control system in place even before a business moves into a building is important. As part of the move-in process, it is inevitable that spaces will be retrofitted to meet a particular business’ requirements. During a renovation, the building plays host to a number of people including construction workers, architects, inspectors, etc. At the same, deliveries for materials may need to be kept in a secure area.
Having an electronic access control system in place at the onset will make it possible to control movement of people within the building so security is not compromised.
Once the building is operational, access will need to be granted to cleaning and maintenance crews. With much of the work in buildings performed at night, electronic access control is an essential security measure. Access credentials will allow service and maintenance people to enter only at certain times and access only defined spaces. And because of the audit trail created, each user’s comings and goings are recorded.
Aside from offering flexibility, an electronic access control system is cost effective due to less lock changing as compared to a traditional lock and master key system. Use of swipe card, key fobs and biometric access negates the need to change the locks in the event of a lost or stolen card or if a card is not returned by a resigned or dismissed employee. The system allows for easy deletion of a particular card or access credential from the system while causing no inconvenience to other users.
Keyless entry system is also a cost-effective way to quickly increase the safety of your property. You will be surprised by how much money is saved when new keys do not have to constantly be produced, copied, or changed throughout the year.
Many businesses end up paying thousands through the need to change locks when there is a break-in, an employee security issue, or even when keys simply go missing and it is too risky to not change the building’s locks.
With a keyless lock, there is no need to swap out dozens or hundreds of keys. Instead, all that you need to do is deactivate a card or fob or change the entrance point’s passcode. This will save a lot of time, money, and hassle for your business and the savings will greatly add up over the years.
For better control over who can enter your property and a much higher level of safety, choose one of Action 1st Los Prevention’s alarm and lock options.
We pride ourselves on providing our customers with a positive experience that will ensure you feel confident in your new access controls system. For more information about the many system access control services that we provide, don’t hesitate to contact our team who will be able to answer all of your queries and arrange an onsite review of your property.
In deciding on the type of keyless access control system to use, it is important to consider specific business security needs. There are 3 basic types:
Action 1st Los Prevention offers commercial building access control and security systems from the most basic to the very sophisticated key card access control with card reader. Whether you are looking for simple electronic access control system or property admittance for your Orange County office block or a complex, Action 1st Los Prevention can help. Our building access control systems have network-controlled operation capable of tracking and monitoring door use for international locations.
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Action 1st Los Prevention specializes in providing cloud-based access control solutions in Orange County that address the security requirements of businesses moving into an existing building. We will help you select the product that best meets your needs and budget, install it, and provide training to ensure your organization gets the most out of its investment.
Call us today at (888) 670-9615 for a free onsite review and estimate for complete access control systems installation.