Unlike traditional access control where you must depend on people and physical locks and keys, today’s access control systems can be entirely electronic, utilizing modern technology to control access to your home or business. An access control system also allows for remote access to a building or door. Should you need to let a delivery or employee in when you are not on the premises.
Access control provides an option for controlling entrance to a property, a building, or a room to authorized persons only. Access control also offers information security with regards to who is authorized to access certain resources. When access is granted, a door is unlocked, and the event is recorded. The access can even be granted only for a predetermined time. When access is refused, the door remains locked and the attempted access is recorded. An access control system will also monitor doors and alarms should any access be forced open or held open too long after being unlocked.
Depending on a security guard to monitor your building is very costly and relies on human competencies. When using traditional locks and keys, only someone with a key can enter through the door. Mechanical locks and keys do not provide records of the key used on any specific door, and they do not allow restriction of the key holder to specific times or dates. Physical keys can easily be copied or transferred to an unauthorized person. When a mechanical key is lost or the key holder is no longer authorized to use the protected area, the locks must be re-keyed, a costly inconvenience. With an access control system, you simply change the individual’s code to unauthorized.
Maine Fire & Security’s access control systems also provide cloud storage to store all your access and surveillance information off-site. Utilizing cloud storage, firmware and software updates are done automatically so your equipment is never out of date and is operating in the best possible manner.