Access Control FAQs

When you need access control for your systems and buildings, you undoubtedly have questions. We attempt to answer some of them here with our access control frequently asked questions.

Why Would I Utilize Access Control?

Access control provides a range of solutions to businesses that need to control who accesses their systems. They provide added security from physical keys, although you will still be able to utilize physical keys should you need to do so. Electronic keys are virtually impossible to replicate and you won’t have to worry about losing your keys as every key is programmed with a unique code that can be replicated by the provider if lost or stolen. Your old key will then be deactivated and rendered useless.

Another benefit of access control systems is that you’ll be able to set days and times that each user is able to access the building and even customize locations that your employees can access. Access control makes security easy and customizable for everyone that needs to be on site.

You’ll also be able to record who accessed your building and when. All of this data is recorded and you’ll be able to access it at any time. This data is particularly useful for times when security breaches, theft, or other suspicious activity occurs.

How Are Access Control Systems Installed?

Access control systems begin with a consultation with us at Surveillance Secure. Hardware will be needed for physical access systems, including card or fob readers, door switches, and a control panel. The control panel is integral to the system and controls all the different access points of the building. Access control systems are versatile and can grow with your business, so if you need a bigger system, simply integrate a new control panel.

The server of the system will have all the users in a database, which allows for customization of access times and locations. When the card is introduced to the reader, a frequency is read by the controller and the user is verified through the database. If verified, the door will unlock. If not, the controller registers the breach and the proper monitors will be notified.

Do Access Control Systems Work When the Power Is Out?

Yes, as systems have battery backup plans for emergencies to keep the access control system functioning. If the power is out for longer than the battery backup can accommodate, this is a situation in which you would need to utilize physical keys.

Does the System Just Work on Doors?

No, access control systems are extremely versatile and can work on a variety of entries and exits such as elevators, gates, parking restrictions, vehicles, and garage doors.


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