Access control is just a fancy term for controlled access to certain areas. It’s not complicated at all. We need access control in our daily lives to maintain order and limit unwanted intruders to portions of our businesses, public areas and even in our homes. Go valet park; you’ll see roped off areas for the valet drivers to leave the cars. You’ll notice the same thing in movie theaters; the roped off areas designate “staff only” sections and off limit rooms. Will a simple rope prevent people from crossing it? No, but as civilized people and grown-ups, we already know that we are supposed to stay on our side of the rope. Visit grocery stores, convenience stores, government offices and even gas stations and you see locks on certain doors and signs pointing out that certain areas are for staff or loading or management and not the general public. These are all forms of access control. Visit a realtor’s open house sometime and you’ll see similar signs. Certain rooms, closets or bathrooms may be “off limits” to those visiting. This can be for privacy or security purposes.
Now you’ll see access control everywhere
Here at Quick Locksmith Hallandale Beach, we help provide various forms of access control in one form or another. Of course, you don’t have to live here in the Hallandale Beach, FL area to get or use access control. You can contact and work with a full service, established locksmith shop in your area and get good results. Now that you know a bit about access control, you’ll start noticing it everywhere you go. You’ll see it at work in schools, stores, medical facilities, retirement homes, high rise buildings, universities, sporting arenas and dozens more. In case you are wondering what access control has to do with locksmiths, here’s your answer. Many times ropes and signs are enough and locking mechanisms are needed to achieve high level access control. A good commercial locksmith will be able to advise you further on this and also be able to supply various forms of access control to help secure your property better and more effectively.
Better security with access control
Using access control systems can lead to enhanced security and safer environs at home or at your business. Take your front door lock for example. People know (or should know) to not walk into your home without first knocking and being invited inside. If they don’t, then the lock on the door prevents this action. Other forms of this can include flashing lights, signs, roped off sections, turnstiles, bolted doors, etc. Access control promotes better security and added privacy but it also helps maintain safety as children or untrained personnel may be at risk. This is why you can always find access control in schools, public parks, zoos, government buildings, national monuments, fast food outlets, shopping malls, hospitals, and other similar places where people and even animals can gather. An experienced and skilled locksmith will be able to advise you on getting and using access control and also in installing and using fingerprint locks, deadbolts, video surveillance, keypad devices, peepholes, panic bars, swipe cards, badge systems, mortise locks and many more.
Keypad devices are often used in access control settings in business and institutional locations. Keypads can have a key backup or they can be installed just as is and not use any keys. To use, simply enter a code or number sequence into the keypad and if the right one is entered, access to the room or area is granted. Many devices are built and installed to keep a record of the accessed codes and times when they were used. This is useful for management and security to keep track of. While you can see keypad used in banks, call centers and hotels, you can also find them installed on my residential garage doors. Keyless entry systems in cars use the same technology. Most systems can be locked if the wrong code or number sequence is entered too many times. Many can even call police or security as an added benefit if the user is entering the wrong numbers.
Panic bars are highly useful in access control systems. These horizontally installed, spring loaded bars allow a person or persons to exit a room or building without stopping to unlock a door, turn a knob or actually open the door. Instead, they simply push on the bar and all three actions occur at once. Also, since there are usually no door knobs or locks on the other side of the door, the traffic flow is one way (out) and those exiting don’t have to fight incoming traffic. All this saves time, effort and lives, so much so, that in many buildings and developments, panic bars are a requirement according to the building codes or fire department.
Swipe Cards and Badges
Swipe cars are very similar to keypad devices as they are extensively used in many of the same institutions like call centers, banks, hotels, government buildings, museums, universities, retail stores, apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, and other places where authentic access control is vital for security and order. In order for the badge or card to work properly, a bar code or magnetic chip is embedded in the card and when it is swiped or run through the scanner, it instantly recognizes who is authorized to enter and who is not. A record is kept along with time stamped info for management purposes. Many times these devices are backed up by video surveillance for added protection in case of badge theft or other types of fraud.
If you’d like to know more about access control or even implement it, try calling a local full service commercial locksmith in your area. You should be able to access a free consultation and some complimentary price quotes when doing so. Your locksmith should be able to assist you with product selection, installation, service and repair when needed.