In the current security landscape, industries that haven''t previously been mandated to maintain a security system are now tasked to meet compliance standards requiring the implementation of an electronic access control system.
This may sound daunting; however, upgrading a mechanical lock system with access control can be a very easy and budget-friendly process.
Access control allows a company or facility to dial up the level of protection commensurate with the level of threat or risk that various parts of a facility must be prepared to address.
A trained security professional can essentially tailor systems to incorporate everything a facility needs to meet that required level of accountability currently put forth by government regulations or other industry-specific requirements.
These individuals can look at what level of security a company needs throughout their facility and put together solutions that enable customers to go at their own pace and add solutions on to pre-existing security systems or upgrade simple mechanical locks.
Assessing Access Control
When looking at access control on a sliding scale, there are numerous solutions to fit the security needs of any type of facility.
For example, cylinders can be a lower cost option that records data and only transmits the information when the cylinder is audited in the field or when the key is returned.
A security technology continuum best illustrates this full range of options, from key systems to full-featured, online integrated locksets with many options in between.
Choosing an access control solution often depends on what infrastructure an organization already has in place.
This is especially true in the case of wireless solutions, which are extremely effective for medium security openings.
If a facility already has wireless fidelity (WiFi) in place, there are some solutions that are more cost effective because they require no additional infrastructure.
If a facility already has a security system in place, technology with wireless capabilities would make the most sense to take full advantage of existing access control infrastructure.
In addition to existing infrastructure, the security requirements of each opening are, of course, an essential consideration.
Most WiFi products communicate at a frequency specified by the user or security manager to download a current user database and upload the audit trail from the lock.
If that lock is forced open or a door left ajar, the lock will communicate back to the host immediately, providing information in real time in the event of an alarm.
Wireless technology allows the installer to deploy a wide array of form factors, addressing everything from traditional doors and locks to storefronts and cabinets.
The lock information is transmitted wirelessly to a hub or interface module that is connected to an access control system, offering instant communication at each transaction.
With every access control system installed, you must be able to select just how online you want and need to be, what level of protection you want to put in place and how much infrastructure you want to be responsible for.
Even now that we''re moving to an electronic and electromechanical world, locks that have been market leaders for decades are still based on the same strong cores that helped solidify them as pioneers.
Reliable companies have revved up to twenty-first century technology but have maintained the same core platforms that ensure the highest standard of quality and durability with features like tamper resistance and the ability to withstand millions of cycles.
Peter Boriskin is the director of product management for electronic access control at ASSA ABLOY. A global leader in door opening solutions, ASSA ABLOY is dedicated to satisfying end user demands for security, safety and convenience. For more information visit www.ASSAABLOY.com.