Do you need to fit a door access control system?

Door access control systems are becoming increasingly utilised by a wide variety of businesses. Could they be right for yours too? We take a closer look at what you need to consider to help you decide whether or not to install them.

What is their purpose?

Door access control systems can have a variety of applications:

  • Securing high-value assets, such as server rooms or confidential information
  • Restricting unauthorised access either to the premises or to certain parts of the building
  • Securing goods and materials, for example in warehouses or storage units
  • Tracking employee time and attendance

Level of security

With different types of secure access, you can choose the right type depending on your needs.

  • Card readers are suitable for those looking for a high level of security. Typically used by banks, financial institutions, and property owners, card reader authentication requires no passwords or pin codes that can be stolen or altered and the cards themselves are difficult to counterfeit.
  • Keypads or the use of passwords and pin codes offer a lower level of security for businesses, warehouses, or storage units.
  • Biometrics are the option for those seeking the highest levels of security. The expense associated with them, however, can be prohibitive and realistically they are only necessary for high-risk or high-security premises.

Locking mechanisms

The most commonly used mechanisms are electromagnetic systems. They can be surface mounted and will therefore work on most aluminium and wooden doors. Being popular, they are also cost-effective solutions that will suit almost any budget. There are two types:

  • Fail-safe. These work by relying on an uninterrupted electricity supply. In the event of a power cut, they will unlock, making them ideally suited for use in fire-safety doors as they will allow people to get out in an emergency while still slowing down a fire by isolating spaces.
  • Fail-secure. Unlike fail-safe mechanisms, they will not unlock if there is a power failure and can only be opened manually. This makes them suitable for those spaces that require restricted access.

Wired or wireless connections

As with many systems, there are wired and wireless options. Wired door access options enable greater coverage over a number of zones, larger area, and even over multiple floors – all connected to a central power source. In this way they can also be linked to your alarm system, which can be linked to go off should unauthorised entry occur, or your employee monitoring system should you wish to keep track of attendance for business reasons.

Wireless is a cheaper option, however, its cover is not as extensive. It does make them a much more affordable option for small businesses and retail premises. Do keep in mind though that you will need to keep on top of software updates which could add to the overall cost.

If you would like to find out more about door access systems and determine whether they are right for your business, get in touch with us at DNA Security by calling us on 01424 718 844 for a chat or to make an appointment.