Integration Time Management and Access Control: How Far do you Go?

Usually reserved for public buildings, the access control system represents a significant security asset for a home. Provided of course to use the right formula and the right safe device.

Access control refers to any device for monitoring access to a building, especially the whereabouts of individuals. This security measure is widely used by large companies on sensitive sites, to limit or control the individuals authorized to enter at a specific time. To achieve this goal, the access control system consists essentially of two elements: an identification device for individuals and a device for monitoring the whereabouts of the monitored site. These components remain indispensable, even for the access controls of a dwelling house.

Although the basic concept of access control is unique, the designers have devised several systems that can fulfill this role to perfection for the safety of a home. The most “basic” electronic system currently remains the combination of a surveillance camera and a viewing screen inside the house. Ideally placed – above a door or a gate – the surveillance camera makes it possible to identify any visitor known or not posted in front of a residence, before authorizing him or denying him access to the house.

The biometric reader, a system long reserved for industrial, military or sensitive installations, is also beginning to interfere with access controls for residential homes. Specifically, it is an electronic device that relies on the analysis of a physical characteristic specific to each individual. These physical peculiarities – fingerprint, facial imprint, etc. – then serve as identification criteria to authorize or deny a person’s access to a locked residence. Biometric readers for housing are particularly on the new generation of electronic locks.

Badge readers or smart card readers are also among the existing electronic access controls in the residential version. They work similarly as electronic identification terminals in businesses or sensitive places. Only residents with a badge, barcode card or magnetic card may enter the gate or door locked by the access control system. The remote keypad – with individual code -, the electronic cylinder, the intercom, and the peephole are other possible access controls for a residence.

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Are there any real advantages in integrating access control and time management into a business?

The benefits of integrating these two characteristics can’t be denied, but they often remain unknown. If we dig a little, we come to know that the main data used by these applications are normal.

The question that should be put up is that is it possible to integrate access control and time management? The idea is, of course, to avoid putting these data in two places, with all the conclusions that one can assume, both in loss of quality of data and lost productivity, with risks on the level of security.

Let’s be more exact. What are these conclusions exactly?

Let us take the example of the “employee” form, which consists the employee’s identifying data such as his number, his name, his date of entry and departure from the company, and other data. If access control and time management are not integrated, a double entry will be made. In practice, time management data are often entered by the HR or payroll department, those of access control by the security department or even by the ISD.

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