Access-control-systems are an essential tool in restricting and monitoring the movement of employees within the business facility. The systems use a variety of authentication mechanisms including keycards and biometrics to grant access to the different areas within the organization. Below is a look at some of the ways that these systems contribute to the overall security plan.
How Access Control Can Be Used To Enhance Security
1. 1. No worries about key duplication
Criminals have come up with ways to duplicate the physical keys or pick the regular mechanical door locks. With access control systems, this is very difficult since the systems make use of electronic keys that are difficult to duplicate. In addition, the systems are a bit sophisticated for the common criminal to crack.
2. 2. One key for all entry points
Access-control-systems eliminate the need to carry a unique key for every door or entry point. One electronic key is sufficient to allow access to any door that one is authorized to use.
3. 3. No need to change locks
The physical locks required organizations to change the locks regularly, especially in the event that a user's access to certain entry points or assets was revoked, for enhanced security. In addition, the locks had to be changed if any user lost or misplaced their keys, or if an employee left the organization but failed to hand in their keys. Access control systems have electronic user databases, which contain the list of users as well as their access rights. In the event that a user leaves the organization, or misplaces his/her keycard, the organization simply deletes that keycard from their database and issues him/her with a new keycard.
4. Centralized control
Electronic locks can be controlled from a central point. As such, business owners are able to grant or revoke access to users without leaving the comfort of their desks.
Apart from restricting access, the electronic locks can keep track of all the users coming in and going out. As such, business owners have a way of recording all movements in and out of their facility.