Access Control System

Description and Purpose

Figure 1: Manipulating door access capabilities

Access Control systems allow people to enter certain departments during a scheduled time frame. You can control one or more door controllers in a system. It provides a range of system authority for users.

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The maximum number of doors on the system depends on the control panel you choose.

By issuing an identification device to each person in the facility, you can use the system to limit access into certain departments or rooms to authorized people. By integrating the access system with CCTV Cameras, you can view activity as users disarm and gain access to departments in the facility.

Door access can depend on the userís classification, the time of day, which door is being approached, and the armed state of a department. In addition, changes to the status of a zone can either cause a door to unlock, or cause the door to lock. By using one or more of these attributes, you can create access control policies that are extremely flexible yet secure. By using an access control system, you can separate the general public and unauthorized users from authorized users.


Figure 2: Typical Access Control System.

You can use the system to conditionally unlock any door in the facility. Typically, access systems cover all perimeter doors and interior doors that lead into high-security rooms or departments.


Figure 3: Access Door Components

Solving Access Control Issues

A facility's staff changes frequently. Lost keys and keys of employees who fail to return them at termination, dramatically reduce the effective security of door locks. By assigning each person an electronic identification device, such as a proximity card or key fob, the identification device can be removed from the system, disabling it from being used. In this case, human resources would simply replace the identification device instead of changing the locks on the related door in the facility.

Many facilities require that a supervisor be on site prior to allowing other personnel into the building. The system can be configured so only supervisors can disarm an alarm and enable access to doors by other personnel.

Different departments operate according to various schedules for different doors. The system allows you to individually schedule doors to allow access to personnel based on the userís authority in the department.

Keeping the general public outside restricted areas is a challenge, especially through doors that employees must frequently use. The system is the most flexible way to achieve this goal. Automatically locking and unlocking lobby doors can increase safety outside of normal business hours. This can also minimize overtime costs related to last-minute customers. The system can hold a door open, or lock it according to a schedule.

The cost of a guard service is significant. By using access control, intercoms, and cameras, you can minimize the manpower requirements and quickly reduce the high cost of guard service.