Commercial Access Control

Access Control – Includes Alarm Management

The access controlling your facility provides many advantages over the traditional lock and key methods. The main advantage of access control is the ability to limit employee access by day, time, and area of your facility whereas traditional door locks allow anyone with a key unrestricted access to your facility at any time.

Access control software can make your facility management even more versatile. Access levels can be restricted with a single click of the mouse, reports can be generated that will show who entered your facility, what time they entered, and which door was accessed. Graphical maps of your facility can be accessed with the real-time status of all your access controlled doors as well. The software integrates access control seamlessly with intrusion detection and fire alarm systems making it a complete security management suite.

As a network application, real-time changes can be made to the access rights of any individual from anywhere with an Internet connection.  Rather than worry about retrieving keys from discharged employees or re-keying locks, simply delete their access privileges.  You can also remotely lock and unlock any protected door.

Adding to the benefits of an access control system is the ability to review reports detailing the arrival and departure of each individual.  You will know which protected areas they entered.  An access control system not only provides added security but also enhances your facility management capabilities.


Access Control Hardware

The main component in any access control system is the control panel.  It communicates with and manages the various other devices installed throughout the facility.  PLE systems include an “integrated” panel that also provides intrusion and fire alarm capabilities, all in a single unit.

The primary devices in an access control system are:

Electronic Hardware: Each protected door needs to be equipped with an electronic lock that can be remotely controlled.

Readers: Card readers where users swipe their cards, or proximity devise that users pass their fobs or access cards over.

Keypads: Where users can enter an access code to open a door, and system managers can modify the authority level or system users, as well as perform other programming functions.

Request-to-Exit Devices:  Motion sensors, buttons or crash bars used to bypass a door or release an electronic lock.