Electronic access control uses various forms of credentials to allow people to open and close doors at their place of business whether through a network of buildings or at one location. These credentials are usually pieces of hardware such as cards, mobile devices, and fobs which are managed by software, configured to grant authorization based upon the employers guidelines. Authorization can be programmed based upon location (buildings, offices, etc.), employee designation, and time.
Aside from using a lock and key, there are two main approaches to access control: on-premise and cloud-based. We will break down the key differences to help you find the right system for your business.
On-Premise Access Control
As the name suggests, on-premise access systems are based at your location. The heart of these systems lies in an on-location server, operated and maintained by your in-house IT department. There are three main drawbacks to on-premise systems:
What is cloud computing anyway?
The Cloud as it is commonly called can mean many things, but as far as access control is concerned we need to focus on what is called Software as a Service or SaaS. Simply put, SaaS providers deliver their software applications through the internet instead of through local hardware. Oftentimes these applications run through your web browser (Chrome, Firefox etc.) so you don’t have to worry about updating hardware or software.
Today, cloud-based access control is the best option for most businesses. The unique combination of mobile usage, along with the added security benefits alone make it stand above the other options currently on the market.
Remote Access Controls
Use your mobile device to grant access, change permissions, and utilize video integration.
Make it easy for visitors or vendors to access your location quickly and easily. You can grant temporary access to your building to allow repair or delivery people access to your business without having to be onsite to let them in. If you have a video surveillance system, you can make sure that they are only accessing the area that they need to.
Secure your entire premises with a single tap. Lockdown enables your team to stop the movement of people and machines quickly.
Now your smartphone can replace fobs, keys, and keycards so you never have to worry about issuing or replacing new credentials if lost or if an employee leaves your company.
When choosing an access control system, it is critical that it is integrated with a video platform in order to truly experience the benefits of mobile functionality.
Not only does video integration allow you to get real-time access to your facility, but it enables you to record and review footage from your mobile device.
As the largest employee owned security integrator in the country, NAVCO provides world class expertise in access control. Whether you need to repair your existing system, add a new system, or integrate your whole electronic security platform, NAVCO is here to help with the best trained technicians and associates in the country.
This is not an empty promise, as we have a 99% customer retention rate which means that our clients love our work and are here to stay. Contact us today to learn more.