Maintain Security with Access Control Systems

Access control systems are being revolutionized as engineers constantly seek new ways to improve building security. First, there were locks and keys. Later, monitored alarm systems were the standard and allowed business owners to limit access by unauthorized persons to properties and secured assets. All of these systems were designed to increase security. Now, as technology has improved, access cards, door entry systems, and other access control systems are a staple for office and building security.

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Card Access Control Systems: The Next Frontier in Security

Card Access Control Systems, or ID card entry systems, are the next technological frontier and the culmination of locked, limited physical access, electronic monitoring, and the flexibility of programmable advanced solutions.

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What are Card Access Control Systems?

Card access control systems are secure, monitored solutions that decide who has physical access to various locations like school and business campuses, physical IT assets such as equipment storage, offices, and more. Access control utilizes tools like access cards, door entry systems, and turnstile gate tracking to monitor who comes and goes from these secure places.
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How Do I Know If Need a Security Access Control System?

Are you considering updating your system to include access cards or updating your system with other methods of access control installation? The quickest way to determine your access control needs is to take an overall evaluation of your organization from the administrative, asset control, on-site and physical security needs, as well as your current access control systems efficiency. Card Access Control Systems can also help manage common areas of concern such as energy usage, efficiency, and conservation.

What are the Benefits of Card Access Systems?

Access card control minimizes human error and increases both actual and perceived security. You can use it in tandem with existing door entry systems and monitoring systems. Card access control systems can also streamline processes and improve efficiency by creating a security standard to which all personnel must adhere. This takes away any inconsistencies about access permissions and who has physical access to different areas of the building.

Eliminate Lost Or Forgotten Passwords

Lost or forgotten passwords are another enormous security concern because many risks occur when workers do not remember their own passwords. This may force workers to write their passwords down, after which they may leave them in plain view. Card access control systems resolve many of these issues by keeping crucial doors locked to prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to company information.
Implementing this type of access control card system helps eliminate the human error involved in any security system because as long as the door remains shut, the system is completely secure. Take control of your security and make sure your Milwaukee business is protected.
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Reduce the Risk of Stolen Keys with an Access Control System

Access cards can also eliminate the potential for stolen keys. Keys can be lost and copied, increasing the risk of loss, damage, and break-ins. This leaves business owners with no choice but to purchase expensive replacement locks and keys. Access cards, on the other hand, can be activated and deactivated quickly, meaning that lost and stolen cards run no risk of security breaches.

Key Card Access Systems Help Improve Monitoring

Key card access systems can improve monitoring by giving you the ability to track and store time of entry and card user information. With traditional keys, it’s difficult to monitor when a key is used and impossible to know who the keyholder is. With access cards and door entry systems, you can monitor who has entered your building at any given time. This is especially helpful when and if criminal activity takes place. Additionally, you can monitor when and how employees and visitors enter your building with these access control systems.

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Flexible, Affordable Access Control Card Solutions

S-O-S Electronics of Milwaukee can design and install card access control security systems that manage security for an entire building, whether you employ hundreds of employees or only a few. These systems will also assist in monitoring staffing down to a single employee. You can even set the software to allow or deny someone access at a workstation.
If your business consists of multiple buildings or locations, S-O-S Electronics can design a system to handle that challenge as well.

Access control systems include the software to run the system, door controllers, card reader, and access cards. These card systems are not just limited to doors, however; they can be used in conjunction with turnstiles, gates, and other ingress/egress fixtures. These access card control systems are most effective and most often used as one aspect of an integrated, monitored security system, including video surveillance, closed circuit cameras, and other devices.

Types of Access Control Systems for Your Business

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One Door Stand-Alone Access Control System

This is usually a single door control where the cards are used the same way as a key. All of the cards entered into the reader will function 24/7. These systems usually do not provide any type of report.

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2 – 4 Door Entry Level Systems

This type has either a 2-door or 4-door access control panel and some may also be expanded to additional doors. Most of these systems connect to a PC or laptop for programming and then are disconnected. Usually, they do allow for various access levels to program when cards are available for use.

Mid to Large Enterprise Systems

This larger scale system is probably the most common access control system. The number of doors controlled is usually a multiple of 4 and they can be expanded to handle hundreds of doors, monitor alarms, and are capable of communications via a network or the internet to remote sites just about anywhere. In the case of larger systems, it is common to have a guard staff monitoring alarm points and card transactions. These systems can even be interfaced with video camera systems and in some cases the building automation systems. Some systems can pass different types of information back and forth as needed. Depending on the system software, it may also be interfaced with the system in HR for single point enrollment.

Contact us today to get a quote on an access control card entry system in Milwaukee, WI.