With all the different options the modern market provides, choosing an access control system that fits your needs is no easy task. Different people require different sets of features for their homes and businesses. For some, telephone access is a no brainer, while for others, it’s not even remotely necessary. Not everyone needs the latest bells and whistles modern technology has to provide.
Making the right decision is no simple task. However, we can smoothen out the task a bit. Here are some things to consider beforehand.
What purpose does the system serve?
First things first, you need to have a clear idea of what purpose the system is going to serve. For instance, someone that needs to make sure employees are always on time will need a completely different system from a person simply interested in improving the security on premises. Similarly, with your own goals in mind, your system will be customized just for you.
What features do you need?
Not everyone needs a complex GPS tracking system to keep workers in check during working hours. Similarly, premises with more workers or more areas to secure will probably need a more complex, scalable system than a smaller business might.
Often, this requires auditing by a professional firm. They can give you the kind of proper advice that you’re looking for. Businesses deemed to be high-risk are also more likely to be advised to take advantage of more sophisticated and secure systems like biometrics.
How sophisticated should the system be?
Alongside the kinds of features you’re going to host within the system, electronic control systems vary wildly by complexity. In regards to high-risk and better tracking, some businesses require video surveillance. Others may find that tracking via the card alone should be enough.
Additionally, while an electronic key card or access code should work just as well either way, some businesses are more suited for one over the other. Access codes are easier to change and force rotation from time to time (often monthly) to ensure better security.
Do you need remote access?
Lastly, you will need to determine whether or not you’re going to need remote access to the system. Most people will jump at the opportunity to be able to access the system when they are away from the office, but it does somewhat decrease the security. It will then require careful handling of what’s now essentially a master key.
Should the remote access system depend on connecting to the internet, it must only be used over encrypted networks. Public, unsecured networks (like at a hotel for example) or other free unsecured Wi-Fi connections are a bad idea. Remote internet access can often be switched for less sophisticated but relatively more secure telephony services.
That said, deciding which is the best access control system for an Orange County business can be a very complex process. Call (800) 675-3015 to get in touch with us to find out which features are right for your home or business.