It’s time to look at a major trend in physical security. An access control system (ACS) is an essential component for securing a large office building or a modern enterprise. Only the installation of an access control system can provide maximum protection of the object from the penetration of persons who have no right to do so.
An access control and management system is a combination of hardware and software, the purpose of which is to provide the opportunity to pass or drive to a certain territory or to certain premises only to those persons who have the appropriate permission.
Any enterprise would like to pay employees for the actual hours worked, and not for late arrivals, unauthorized absences and premature departures from work. It is equally important to control the work of an employee during the entire working time- timely arrival at work does not guarantee the conscientious performance of their duties.
The use of access control and management systems allows managers to solve these problems, create an evidence base in labor disputes and prevent the possibility of errors and abuse.
Electric locks or door openers are a wise investment to improve security and convenience in access control for businesses, neighborhood communities and single-family homes.
On the other hand, it is worth mentioning that one of the biggest trends in recent years is mobile access control, which consists of using a mobile device (a cell phone, a tablet or a smart watch) to access doors, gates, etc. networks, services and other restricted access spaces.
In addition to the use of mobile devices, which by their nature require at least one authentication factor, this modality represents the commitment to provide comfort and convenience for users , a fundamental pillar in today’s access control systems.
It is important to clarify that the application that supports a mobile credential must have cryptographic security, which also prevents an identification from being transferred to another device.
By the way, one of the most frequent questions related to this type of system is: what happens when the person loses or the mobile device is stolen?
Well, thanks to the system management software, the security chiefs can grant or overthrow the identities, in addition to controlling the doors by time, privileges, access level, etc.
When the system uses an extra identity management platform, the privileges of both platforms must be removed, although today the market offers cloud management software that can already link both platforms.
How to guarantee a long service life of access control systems?
Finally, when we talk about the useful life of access control, the most important thing is to regulate the voltage of an installation. Checking that the system has regulated energy is synonymous with guaranteeing a long useful life for the system.
That is why it is recommended to have voltage regulators, power supplies and backup batteries for the readers and the control panel: to withstand electrical faults and voltage spikes.
This is crucial when power returns after a fall, as it comes back with great force, and that’s when systems break down.
On the other hand there is the dust factor. The recommendation is to have control panels with perfectly sealed cabinets. In this way, the useful life of these equipment is also guaranteed.