Access control in essence is a way of controlling who can access a specific location and when. This could include a tenant, an employee, a contractor or a visitor, whether on foot or even driving a vehicle. The location for example could be an office, an airport, a holiday let, a flat, a hotel, or a hospital.
Commonly referred to as physical access control to differentiate it from virtual access control as this prevents people from accessing virtual spaces such as a network or online database. Access control offers certain advantages over traditional systems such as improved efficiency, easier administration and detailed analytics.
Access Control Systems consist of a series of electronic devices typically fitted to doors, gates and barriers that control who and when someone can access a building or secure environment.
Systems are typically managed using a central control hub using either software or an app allowing a building owner or facilities manager complete control over who and when someone can access their premises. A user can then gain authorised access by using a physical credential in the form of a card or fob or a digital credential such as a mobile app.
Access Control systems feature many distinct advantages over traditional mechanical systems and are particularly useful as an organisation gets bigger and its needs become more complex.
At DOM we specialise in high-security mechanical key systems, this traditional approach is well suited to organisations of a small/medium size. As an organisation gets larger and more complex it may be more suited to access control. Some of the limitations of mechanical systems are as follows:
DOM Access Control Systems can be split into three categories:
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A variety of credentials can be used to gain access to an access control system. The most common are access cards and fobs, stored safely by a relevant person, and then presented to a reader, these tell the system if the card being presented has the required credentials for that person to gain access.
Different types of credentials available are:
When specifying a system it's worth considering that specific instance and the most secure method which should be used, for example, if the building contains external doors it may require a higher security solution. It's also common for two credential types to be used at once. For example, an access card or fob to gain entry from the outside then a fingerprint or pin to enter through a turnstile.
In a large organisation often existing systems may already be in place. For example, a hotel may already use a pre-existing customer management /check-in system. DOM Connect allows software partners to link DOM access control products with a project's existing system. This not only streamlines the system making it more efficient but also increases security as access rights can be controlled from one central location.
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