If your facility is looking for ways to upgrade building security or is hoping to move on from a troublesome key entry system, access control systems are a robust solution. Offering simple management that is flexible and scaleable, access control systems enable you to provide the right access to the right people and to the right areas of your facility, at any time. Here are just a few key benefits that access control systems can provide to your facility’s comprehensive security system:

01. Access Control Systems are Easy to Manage

Access control systems, in the form of keyless entry and card access systems, are an easy way to manage building security. Once your access control system is set up, you no longer have to worry about who needs what key to get into which building, labs, or offices. An access control system provides proper access to each employee in your facility, enabling them to easily enter the right buildings and offices, without concern of a security breach. 

02. Forget Hassle Associated with Traditional Keys

Key systems are problematic for effective security for a number of reasons. If an employee loses their key, for example, you have to at least make a new key. In many situations, especially high-security facilities, a lost key can mean that all corresponding locks need to be replaced. That means issuing all other employees new keys — all for one misplaced or lost key. 

With keyless entry and card access control systems, if someone loses their card, the operator can simply deactivate that card, and assign them a new one. There’s no need to make a new key or change locks. This eliminates a lot of the hassle that’s typically associated with restricted access areas and makes it easier for you to verify that your facility is always secure. 

03. Set Specific Access Dates and Times

With powerful scheduling features, an access control system allows you to grant access to certain people for specific days and times, as well as for specific doors and groups of doors in a facility. 

For example, say your facility is hosting a conference or is inviting stakeholders to visit your facility. You can grant access to those visitors just for the duration of their visit, and just to the conference rooms and offices they’ll need to access during their stay. With an access control system, you’re able to easily adjust access to accommodate new visitors, without affecting the overall security of your facility. 

04. Require Mandatory Credentials for Access

Depending on your industry or facility, there may be certain offices, laboratories, or production areas that require additional security, either because they are high-risk and require specific safety training, or because they contain sensitive information. 

An access control system allows you to require specific mandatory credentials from anyone attempting to enter that area. This ensures your facility’s safety and security requirements are met, without the hassle of traditional security systems.  

05. Keep Track of Who Comes and Goes

Another key benefit of access control systems is that you can keep track of who is coming and going. In the event of an accident or theft, you’ll be able to see exactly who accessed a specific area during the time of the incident. Beyond just security measures, this feature is also helpful for collecting data on who enters and exits specific buildings or offices, when, and how often. 

06. Improved Security that Works for You

The overarching benefit of any access control system is that you get all of the security your building needs, in a way that’s flexible enough to work for your company in the long-term. As your company or facility grows, you can simply add new access cards, update mandatory credentials for certain areas, and change access dates and times as necessary. As employees leave, are promoted, and change positions, you can easily restrict, add, or manage their access to certain buildings depending on their credentials and their current position. You no longer have to keep tabs on each individual key — simply update each employee’s access as it corresponds with their needs. 

Access control systems are a great way to implement another level of security in your facility without disrupting your facility’s flow of daily operations. If you’re interested in seeing how an access control system could work in your building or campus, get in touch with the team at Vanguard Fire & Security Systems. Give us a call at 800-444-8719 or contact us online today. 

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