Physical access control has always been a key component of a facility’s security strategy. In the past, this was achieved through mechanical means such as locks and keys. As technology has continuously evolved, new solutions have become available, offering more security and convenience. Building security has historically been focused on keeping unwanted people out. In most cases, internal building security was not even considered in the past. Nowadays, internal security is seen as equally important in protecting people, goods and confidential information. An effective access control system must allow freedom of movement to authorized personnel while barring entry to others. Also, it should meet owners’ requirements for economical cost of installation and flexibility in operation.
The size and type of the structure being secured helps us in selecting the appropriate product mix needed to secure a facility. When choosing an access control solution, it is important to know how the building will be used and how traffic will flow. The end user’s needs and requirements will have a direct impact on selecting the appropriate access control solution to secure a facility, whether it should be purely mechanical, mechanical and standalone electronic, virtual networked or wireless / hardwired. It is critical to determine, from the end user’s perspective, how people would flow through the facility and which areas these people should have access to and when. From mechanical keys to contact-less technologies and beyond, selecting the right platform can be a daunting task.
Wireless solutions have transformed electronic access control by reducing the deployment cost and thus increasing reach , enhancing security , convenience and efficiency. Access control technologies are no longer focused narrowly on protecting physical space. They are now capable of securing our physical safety, enhancing comfort and convenience , reducing energy consumption and delivering valuable usage and location data.The next generation wireless products equipped with near-field communication and Bluetooth technology , represent a quantum leap forward . This is a game-changing development because it extends monitoring and control capabilities to a far wider range of access points. When it comes to electronic access control , it starts by understanding the benefits , which include :