Why use Access Control Systems?
It’s a sad day when we have to worry about our kids’ safety at school. Or worrying about your next stint of jury duty, not because of the duty itself but rather being in a government building. Both of these concerns have been expressed to me in the last few months by several people around the Concho Valley. There are a few security solutions that would help with our peace of mind, and help protect those that we care for the most.
Access Control Systems (ACS) are a selective restriction to a place using both physical and information security. Basically through electrified locks, a card reader of some sort (keypad, proximity reader, biometric scanner, etc.) and a database the ACS can allow certain people (with the right credentials) to safely pass through a secure area, while leaving those unauthorized people outside the secure area. Think of it this way: imagine you are in charge of airport security. You would set up different parameters for different people (passengers, TSA employees), thus creating a working database. Certain users (passengers) could access a certain list of places (Dunkin Donuts). Other users (TSA employees) could access a different list of places (break rooms, etc.)
The need for an Access Control System is growing more and more prevalent. Not only can you limit the entry of unauthorized personnel, but you can protect your business against theft or damage and keep your employees from harm. It will minimize your long term door hardware costs. No more changing locks or having to cut another key once an employee leaves the company. With the click of a button they can be out of the system and not allowed back in your secure areas. You can keep a record of who is entering each access control door. Want to know who came in after hours? Want to know the first person to get to work in the mornings?
Don’t be sucked into the illusion that we are too far away from the big cities to have any issues out here in boring, old west Texas. A couple of weeks ago, school officials found a threatening letter on the Reagan County Elementary School campus. Luckily nothing happened; Reagan County ISD has a great security system and they were prepared for all scenarios. But let that incident stir some thought about where you live, where you work, where your kids go to school, and so on… Would you feel safe if an incident were to arise? If your answer is no, talk to us.