Access controlling your facility provides many advantages over 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.
Major Components of the Access Control System
Control Panels are the “brain” of access control systems. It manages and sends commands to all of the access control doors and devices throughout your facility. All programming is entered and stored in the control panel. Some control panels are also able to be used for intrusion and fire alarms providing a true integrated system.
Electric Door Hardware includes strikes, electric crash bars, and magnetic locks. By using electrified door hardware your door can remained locked at all times. When access has been granted the electric strike will release the door for the programmed amount of time.
Card Readers are mounted next to all access controlled doors. They are used to read access control cards and send the card information to the control panel to determine whether or not to unlock the door.
Request-to-Exit devices are used to bypass a door when activated. These devices can include motion sensors, bush buttons, or pressure sensitive crash bars.