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On August 29th, 2019

Identifying the Best Access Control Systems for Your Site


With the ever-changing technology available today, it’s no wonder that companies are so focused on cybersecurity. But that doesn’t mean we can ignore other, physical threats. In order to protect your data and team “in real life,” you need to examine your doors and how people enter and exit your building. You can’t afford to have unauthorized guests come into your workspace. Understanding your options for new access control systems can give you the security you need to keep everything running smoothly.

Reviewing Your Access Control System

The first step in building security is to review your current setup. When was the last time you actually tested your access control system? Are you certain it’s working as it should? If it’s been over a year or longer, there might be software updates available.

Hopefully the company that installed your access control initially is helping you keep track of these details, but if not, it might be time to get an outside opinion. Making sure your software is current can help your investment last longer. Building owners who take the time to check their system annually are better equipped to stay on top of those updates.

Of course, even if you’ve had years of success with an access control system, there are a few reasons why you might want to shake things up. Major company events, like a merger, or moving to a new location will impact your decision. Do you need an upgrade to ensure your entrances stay secure? Or do you need to install a system from the ground up?

It can be easy to think that investing in access control only happens once, but that simply isn’t the case. The technology you’ve used in the past can quickly become outdated. Reviewing your system every 10 years or so can mean a lot for how you do business and protect your assets and team.

Different Options for a Secure Site

If you think it’s time for a change, you’ll need to consider what security options are actually appropriate for your building. Some access control systems may come with features that you don’t really need for your site. At the same time, though, you don’t want to overlook a setup that might be able to grow with your team. Companies and building owners can choose from a wide variety of security systems, including:

  • User Card / PIN
  • Badging
  • Elevator Control
  • Alarm Monitoring

Some of the more basic setups work with keypads and codes to unlock certain doors. These can be placed at entrances or even within a building to restrict access to specific areas. For example, if you have sensitive files stored onsite, you might install a keypad at the door and only give the code to the people who actually need to work with those records.

A network system, on the other hand, tends to be more advanced. These access control options can utilize keycards or badges that you assign to each individual on your team. This allows you to track when and where they enter your building or other areas. Having individual access cards also gives you the option to deactivate a pass remotely, which can come in handy during personnel or policy changes.

Creating a custom solution for your company’s operations and building code goes a lot easier when you’re working with an experienced access control systems installer. At Enhanced Telecommunications and Data, we’re always happy to consult with clients on their security options. From surveillance systems with CCTV to unique access control options, our team is here for you. Send us a message or call (208) 947-3900 to start the conversation on what would work best for your organization!

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