What is Access Control & Why is it Necessary?

by | Apr 12, 2019 | Latest News

Your property is only as safe as the people who have access to it. That might sound like an utterly obvious truism, but too many businesses and organizations ignore it — to their peril. With more than two-and-a-half decades in the security business, AT&I Systems understands the importance of access control and knows how to implement it in your building or facility.

Access Control systems continue to be a popular choice for security, and industry insiders anticipate a 6% growth of the Access Control market between 2016 and 2021.

How Does an Access Control System Work?

Access Control system with fingerprint readerAt its most basic level, access control simply involves segregating a particular area, allowing only a select, pre-screened group of people to enter. Access control might sound like a high-tech concept, but the idea has existed ever since the time of mechanical master keys. Fortunately, AT&I Systems offers more options for owners and property managers than antiquated, easily circumvented technology. After all, it only takes one missing key to make a carefully system completely collapse.

Given our experience selecting and installing access control systems for retailers, multi-family housing complexes, and financial institutions, we know which access control systems work best with particular properties. Read on to learn more about the various types of access control.

Types of access control

If you leave behind outmoded ideas about pins and tumblers, you’ll discover a truly diverse array of options in the world of access control. Want to ensure that only approved vehicles can drive onto your property? AT&I Systems provides gates with contactless entry. RFID transmitters or bar codes affixed to each pre-screened vehicle combined with matching scanners or readers make for an easy solution. AT&I can even find matching credentials for other systems that we didn’t install.

Of course, the perimeter of your property is only the beginning. When it comes to securing buildings themselves, we provide electronic lock systems that pair with a variety of entry devices. These include:

  • Keypads
  • Coded swipe cards
  • Fobs
  • ID badges
  • Facial recognition scanner
  • Biometric fingerprint entry
  • Retina mapping

Why does access control matter?

The most obvious reason to employ access control involves making sure that the right people end up where you want them to be and everyone else stays out. However, that’s far from the only reason to implement an access control system. What are they?

  • Reduce insurance costs
  • Manage after-hours staff (e.g., cleaning crews)
  • Generate an audit trail
  • Easily compartmentalize tenant spaces
  • Facilitate tenant transitions
  • Extend the reach of current security systems
  • Grant remote access to tenants or employees

No matter your reasons for wanting an access control system or the kind of area you need safeguarded, AT&I Systems can help. We’ve worked with countless clients in South Florida and pride ourselves in both our execution and ongoing support. In addition to providing perfectly matched access control systems, we extend ongoing support, such as cloud backup, managed access control, credential replacement, and staff training. Contact us or call today at (866) 436-3516.