Networked Access Control – 5 Things you Need to Know

Networked Access Control

Networked Access Control – 5 Things you Need to Know

How Accessible is Your Networked Access Control?

Access control has historically been confined to securing doors and gates. However, times and technology are changing toward complete networked access control solutions. Complex, labor-intensive installations have traditionally limited the use of access control to core building infrastructure despite the benefits of improved physical security. Just as we have witnessed with video surveillance over the past ten years, the access control industry is now a flurry of rapid change.

In a recent article by Axis Communications, Beyond the Door, “Access control is expanding beyond securely providing a passage through an exterior door. Access control systems both simplify and enhance day-to-day activities by expanding their reach beyond the door and connecting to other third-party systems.”  With this expansion, comes further opportunity to secure every aspect of your organization.

Attend any security specific trade show or open any industry focused magazine and you will be met with a long line of access control manufacturers, technologies, and new whiz-bang features. With the adoption of Ethernet-based architecture into access control, the industry has finally stepped into the 21st century, helping to make networked access control accessible for non-traditional applications.

These advancements in technology have fueled manufacturer competition, development of new technologies and feature sets designed around the end user and network-driven access control. Features and offerings like wireless locks designed for cabinets and other non-traditional applications, all-in-one integrated reader/controllers, mobile credentials, and cloud-based solutions are all designed to:

  • Expand the Reach of Traditional Access Control
  • Simplify Installation
  • Improve System Usability
  • Reduce Dependency on User Training
  • Ultimately Lower the Overall Cost of Ownership

Knowing that many of today’s newer access control solutions are designed around secure control through a single network connection, it’s easy to envision doors and gates as nothing more than a starting point for how you can leverage access control.

In an article, High Expectations of Modern Access Control Systems, we note: “Access control systems have changed dramatically over the years to accommodate the end-user. Convenience, performance, and security are all expectations of the system, and if these expectations are accomplished the access control system will provide a safe environment for everyone.” Picture an environment where you, your assets and your employees are safe.

Examples of Where Access Control Can Improve Safety and Security:

  • Eliminate keys and cores by leveraging access control for your retail store front.
  • Secure cabinets and track access to controlled substances in Pharmacies.
  • Control access to data racks/cabinets.
  • Control access to valuable or sensitive products.
  • Manage access to your entire fleet of vehicles.

Now is a great time to re-evaluate the feasibility of leveraging these new and improved access control technologies as a part of your loss prevention protocol.

Check out how Comm-Works’ physical security solutions provide extensive networked access control, along with additional resources to deliver a safe and secure environment for your customers, employees, and assets.

John Ringis

Vice President of IP Video and Security at Comm-Works

John currently serves as the VP of IP Video and Security for Comm-Works. He is a proven leader with experience in the physical security and operational space, and has worked in a variety of fields including information technology and digital operations. Over 20 years of real world experience in management and leadership has allowed him to create and develop highly regarded organizations. John has a keen ability to spot future trends and opportunities for improvement with business, employee processes and procedures.

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