Access control systems have a lot of different functions these days, with many people saying that the current systems are only the beginning to access control. Buildings are only going to become ‘smarter,’ with more systems working together and integrating on a deeper level.
As it stands, access control systems work well with other systems in a way that can ultimately save a lot of time, money, and frustration. Saving a few seconds during an emergency situation can truly make a lot of difference in the world. People could say that the new access control equipment, and the integration of access control systems with other security systems, can save lives in a meaningful way.
The Integration Of Access Control And Other Systems
Access Control and CCTV
The installation of CCTV systems can ensure that a business runs smoothly as the premises is being monitored 24/7 to ensure that crime doesn’t occur. CCTV cameras today are very high quality, and the image quality is great enough to provide more than enough evidence, when needed. But what’s even better is that CCTV cameras can integrate with access control systems to create a more secure access point.
CCTV systems and systems of access control work together to ensure that only the people who are authorised will be able to gain access to a building. Because people are being recorded from CCTV footage, it is possible to only let the right people into the building with just the press of a button. This eliminates a lot of the frustrations which are involved with giving employees card keys which they might lose. As well as that, security guards will have time to focus on other ways of eliminating the occurrence of crime, as CCTV systems will be doing part of the job for them. In fact, many companies will not need as many security guards thanks to the installation of security cameras.
Being able to get a sense of who has opened the door and when, can make all the difference in the world from a security standpoint. Cameras can more or less start recording everything the moment that someone unlocks or operates a door in the first place. There should therefore be a sort of solid record of who has tried to gain entry into the building.
Access Control and Intruder Alarms
In general, it is a lot easier to integrate access control systems with intruder alarms. Intruder alarms are systems designed to detect the intrusion of unauthorised entry into a building.
By integrating these two systems together, it gives certain people much more control over the intruder alarm systems. For the most part, as important as intruder alarms are, they are going to get set off by accident. Being able to access these intruder alarms remotely, and having that sort of related control can make everything much easier for everyone involved within the business premises They will have the opportunity to really be able to control who gains access to the building and when they are able to gain access to it.
When intruder alarms go off at corporate buildings, there is always going to be some indecision related to whether or not people should do something immediately, whether everything should freeze as the people in charge try to address the problem, or whether people should do something else in order to get everything back in proper working order. Access control allows people to really get everything back in order much more easily, putting the control back in the hands of the people working there, at least to a certain extent.
Access Control Systems and Fire Alarms
Thanks to the integration of fire alarms, the fire alarm system is capable of signalling to the access control that all of the doors need to be unlocked. Fire marshals will be able to gain access to a roll call much more easily as well, and this means that they are going to know exactly who will be left in the building.
Wireless fire alarm systems and radio frequency fire alarm systems allow the main control panel, smoke detectors, and sounders to work together without any cables. As such, the installation time is less of a problem. Running cables can be hazards in their own right, or they can fail in a way that radio frequency fire alarms never will.
Access control systems have been very useful from a security standpoint. This is certainly the case when it comes to fire alarms. During emergency situations, locked doors throughout business premises have been additional hazards for a lot of people to overcome. Access control systems integrated with fire alarms can create perfect circumstances for those who are trying to escape from a building that’s on fire. As such, these access control systems can truly prevent a lot of accidents, saving lives in the process.
It’s also possible that the access control systems and their integration with the fire alarms can stop the fires from spreading more easily. These systems are more comprehensive. As a result of these highly integrated systems, it should be that much easier for everyone involved to actually contain the spread of the fires. Fewer accidents will occur. The damage to the business buildings should be reduced in the process. These integrated systems should really give people the opportunity to contain some of the damage while also allowing them to respond to the damage much more effectively at the same time.
Building Management Systems
In an age of access control systems, it is becoming very clear that people have wasted a lot of money over the years just on leaving the lights and air conditioning on at night by accident at business buildings. This is the sort of thing that is no longer as much of a problem in the new age of building management systems. While these systems are capable of malfunctioning, this won’t happen all that often. Relying on people to turn everything off every single evening has had far worse consequences over the years, and this is no longer a problem in the context of twenty-first century business buildings today.
The air conditioning, heating, lighting, and almost everything else can turn on immediately the second that people enter the building. All of these internal systems can automatically turn off just as well the moment that people leave the building. As such, there won’t be any more money wasted on heating or cooling down a building that people are not currently using.
Access control systems truly give people the opportunity to use twenty-first century technology to their advantage, in contexts that a lot of people would never expect. An access control system can truly make a business building seem like a well-oiled machine in a way that would never have been possible previously.
Access control equipment is relatively inexpensive, especially compared to many of the other types of equipment that people have used for the very same purpose. The fact that it is possible to get this equipment integrated in the right way can really allow people to save money on a lot of different levels. Access control systems are interdependent, and combine resources today.