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What to Consider Before Purchasing an Access Control System

An access control system can replace older, easily-defeated mechanical locks with an electronic system that offers greater flexibility, enhanced security, and improved monitoring capabilities. This allows your business to better protect its personnel, its property, and its sensitive data from external threats, while also making access more convenient for employees and visitors.

There are a wide variety of access control solutions available, and before your business makes a decision on which type to install, there are some important factors to consider.

At Allegiance Security Integration, we offer the latest access control solutions from our manufacturing partners, and we can work with your business to design and build a complete security solution that meets your needs and your budget. Contact our team at 703 349-6570 to learn more about our access control solutions and to schedule a consultation!

System Size

One of the most important considerations is the size of the system that you will need. This includes the number of buildings that will be secured with the system, the number of entry points or secure areas that will be covered, and the types of access controls required, such as door locks, gate controls, or workstation access points. Larger systems can even cover multiple sites, allowing a single point of control across a city or across a state.

System Access

How many people—employees and visitors alike—will be using the system? The number of people accessing your facility, and their individual levels of access, will be important factors in the type of system you will need. Be sure to choose one that can cover the amount of people in your organization, with room to grow, and that offers all the security features you need. For instance, tiered access is an important feature, with trusted personnel able to access all secure areas, regular personnel able to access a select few, and vendors or visitors restricted to public areas.

System Management

What features are available for management personnel? This can include setting security policy, granting and restricting access, and creating clearance levels. Choose a system that offers granular controls, such as the ability to set multiple clearance levels, the ability to restrict access to secure areas by employee, time, or date, and the ability to grant or revoke access at any time, even remotely. Also, consider a system that offers an internet-based interface for remote monitoring.

System Reporting

What level of detail does the system offer for reporting purposes? Better systems can generate reports of all entries and exits, according to the individual that was authorized and the area that was accessed by time, date, and other factors. They can also generate audit reports and help with incident investigations. Choose a system that offers the level of detail your business requires.

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With those factors in mind, you will have a better idea of the features that will be important when choosing an access control system for your business. Armed with that information, our team at Allegiance Security Integrations can work with your security personnel to create a comprehensive solution that meets all your needs, with features such as wireless or biometric authentication, video surveillance, and other tools. By working with our team at ASI, you can be sure that you receive the best possible system and the latest security technologies.

If you are ready to discuss the access control options for your business, contact ASI at 703-349-6570 to schedule a consultation!

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