Protecting your business premises, assets and company data is fundamental to ensure the long-term health of your business. But with staff, clients and tradesmen all entering your property, how can you ensure 100% protection at all times? The best solution to this problem is to install an access control system. Controlling access to your business premises allows you to protect restricted areas and monitor staff access at all times.
There are a variety of access control solutions available, to suit different business needs. At MES Systems we are approved and experienced in all of the leading brands of access control including Salto, Paxton, ievo and Videx.
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What is access control?
There are several ways to protect your property from intruders and wrong doers. Limiting the access to your property is one of the best deterrents to criminal activity. Access control, or a door entry system is where admittance to certain parts, if not all, parts of your business or home is restricted with certain technologies. Access control also protects your employees or family as well as your property.
How can access control protect your business property?
You don’t want unfettered access to your premises. You want to be able to control and track who enters your building. Using technologies such as Biometric Access Control will limit who can come and go to your property, to people you have given permission to. Using Biometric Access Control allows your employees to move around the business, without relying on physical key entry, or security guards at every access point.
In both residential and commercial properties, the safety of those in your care is of the upmost importance. Restricting who can enter and when they can enter can reduce health and safety issues that you will be liable to for.
Damage and theft
It stands to reason that the more foot traffic an area has, the more likely there will be damage caused to your property. This can be either deliberate, or completely accidental damage. A lot of crime is opportunistic, so limited access leads to limited risk.
The most common application for access control is in commercial situations and predominantly used for protection of the facilities and their people.
School campuses need to be safe. A lot of young adults go to university each year and they should feel safe while learning. The most common access control system used, are personal Cards and Fobs that only allow access to people who have a valid pass.
Schools are full of rooms and areas that are restricted to staff. There are supply rooms, cupboards, and staff rooms that children are not permitted to enter.
From keeping track of attendance; to fire and safety registers; to restricted general public access; offices need to keep unauthorised people out. Intercoms are great for personalised access. We often install a video intercom system on main doors or gates as part of an access control system. This allows people without a card or fob to contact reception who will be able to authorise access once they have verified that person.
Apartment buildings and Shared accommodation
In a building that has several occupancies, it is everyone’s responsibility to keep each other’s property safe. Keypad and physical fobs are used to only allow residents to enter. Then each individuals residence is also protected from other residents.
Keeping the vulnerable in our communities safe is something we should take seriously. If you have a loved one in assisted living, you should expect levels of security to protect them. Access control will allow healthcare professionals access to your family, without having entryways compromised.
What are the different types of access control?
Biometric Access Control
Some industries can’t risk having physical security devices that could be lost. Biometric access control uses organic metrics such as facial and fingerprint data to allow access to specific people.
Physical access control systems
In a setting where there would be a large turnover of people requiring access, Cards and Fobs and other physical access devices are much easier to manage. They can be given out, returned, and even cancelled as and when.
When a visitor arrives on site, who doesn’t have access, they need a way to communicate to the reception. An intercom stops people getting on your property but allows authorised visitors to gain access.
Protect your premises with Access Control
We know that protecting your premises, assets and data is fundamental to ensure the long-term health of your business. But with staff, clients and tradesmen all entering your property at different times via different points it can be difficult to ensure 100% protection all of the time. The best solution to this problem is to have an access control system installed. Controlling access to your premises allows you to protect restricted areas and monitor staff access at all times.
We supply and install products from three leading brands
Paxton, Salto and Videx.
For most projects we primarily work with Paxton as their core products provide great solutions for most of our customers and as an experienced registered installer we receive preferential support from Paxton directly.
Their Net 2 solution is designed to make the management of any building such as a school, factory, or apartment block very simple. This is a networked access control system which can be administered using one or more PCs and can be monitored and managed from a central location with some features also being available via the Paxton Connect smartphone app. It is a complete solution that encompasses wireless and wired door entry. As well as users being able to open doors, gates and barriers using their proximity card or fob at the pre-scheduled times, we can also integrate facial or vehicle recognition to control access. Net 2 can also integrate the with your CCTV, fire alarm or intruder alarm system as well as time and attendance integration with your accounts software to speed up payroll processing. To add an extra layer of security we can also integrate iEVO biometric readers at various points around a site. Some of our customers also use their Paxton proximity cards as staff ID cards and to control access to certain printers on site.
Paxton 10 is a subscription-based access control & video management system available on a single, user-friendly cloud based online interface. The system supports most of the features as Net 2 but also supports users being to use their smartphone or smartwatch in addition to their proximity card or fob. Salto Systems also have a similar cloud based product which has been available for a numbers of years called Salto KS.