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How to Choose the Most Effective Access Control System for Your Business

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Whether you are running a small start-up or a multi-billion dollar firm, the fact of the matter is that your company is your livelihood.

So you want to keep it as protected and secure as possible. The same goes for business organizations all around the world, as they continuously ensure that they are utilizing the appropriate access control system for their security and protection needs.

Every company has different requirements; but your firm, for example, may need an access control system that is (or has):

  • Wireless
  • Stand-alone or network system
  • Free-exit system or control exit system
  • Keypad entry or access card entry
  • Phone or buzz-in entry
  • Hidden wireless surveillance cameras

With so many hidden wireless surveillance cameras and commercial access and alarm options on the market, it can feel overwhelming to know where to start. To help you out, here are four considerations to take into account when choosing the most effective access control system for your business.

Consideration #1: Your budget.

Just as with many things in life, your budget is going to dictate a lot of your access control system options.

As there are so many varieties of controls available, you will be able to find one that is as personalized for your firm as possible and one that is reasonably priced according to your budget.

You and your colleagues need to determine your budget for this kind of investment, before talking with potential suppliers.

Consideration #2: Your access points.

Once you have a better understanding of your budget, it is then time to evaluate the access points your commercial space or office has.

For example, while you may have a primary entrance, you may not be in control of providing it with security. On the other hand, perhaps you need fingerprint security at every door in the office.

It will depend on the niche your business operates in, as well as the layout and design of your office space.

  • Consider what locks will be necessary and if there will be specific more-restricted areas.
  • Figure out how you want employees to be able to enter and who will have access to which part of the security system.
  • Don’t forget to consider any system or location vulnerabilities and procedures that may transpire. For example, if your office is located in the middle of a downtown area or near a transportation hub, then you are inherently at higher risk of crime, and you may want to consider extra protection.
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Put it this way — it is far better to predict these issues now and build a plan for them, rather than being surprised later on.

Consideration #3: Necessary backup processes.

No system is one hundred percent foolproof, not even when it comes to access control systems.

For this reason, you may want to have multiple levels of security to ensure your firm has maximum protection. This will obviously depend on the niche your business belongs to. However, all business owners can sleep better at night knowing there is a reliable backup solution already waiting in the wings.

For example, this backup solution would kick in if your firm’s system were to fail or go down due to a malfunction or intruders. Having a reliable backup system will eliminate many unnecessary problems.

Consideration #4: How long it needs to last.

In a perfect world, everything you invest in would last forever. (In an ideal world you also wouldn’t need to be installing access controls anyway.)

However, this isn’t a perfect world. And for your security to be as robust and dependable as possible, you want to be reviewing it every three to five years.

And, by that point, there will probably be a whole new range of technology for you to try!

Final Thoughts

As you are probably aware by now, there are a lot of essential questions and factors to consider before diving headfirst into choosing an access control system.

Taking the time to thoroughly consider your firm’s needs, as well as any potential issues, will save you a lot of headaches in the future. Make your list of requirements in advance, so that you know what you are looking for in an access control system.

After all, with so many options it can be easy to get distracted by features. It pays to make careful considerations to identify the right choice — the security solution that is best suited for your firm.


Michael Dunne created Safecell Security Ltd in 2001 and acquired Authorized Access in 2013. He is now Managing Director of both companies and oversees the strategic development and day to day running of the businesses. Michael has spent over 20 years in the security industry and specialises in the Design, Installation, Maintenance and Commissioning of electrical security systems such as Intruder Alarms, Fire Alarms, CCTV, Warden Control and Access Control and all Physical security including Key Cutting, Safe & Lock Picking, Suited Key Systems, Automated Barriers & Gates and Shutters, throughout the North West of England.

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