Access Control

Locks and keys are a great way to ensure your building is secure. Until you lose the key or a member of your staff loses the key, or someone picks the lock and breaks in. Keys can also be stolen and copied. There are many positives to locks and keys, but it may be time to upgrade your building’s access!

All businesses whether small medium or large have assets, staff and property that need to be protected. There have been so many times that doors are left unlocked, which opens up the possibility of opportunist theft and malicious damage.

Enter, electronic Access Control! The most efficient and convenient way to secure your building and protect your assets.

How does it work?

It is likely that you have come across such systems before, but for those of you who haven’t, a computerised handle or locking device is attached to doors of your choosing. These doors can either be fitted with the pin type device, a token type device or with a biometric entry system.

Once someone has gone through the door, it will automatically lock behind them so that anyone without the correct token, pin or “body part” is unable to enter.

Additionally, you are also able to set the doors to provide access at certain times of the day, yet restrict it at others.

Why do businesses use Access Control?

Most businesses do tend to have a specific reason for choosing access control, here are the most common:

  • Are you unsure if your staff are performing their required hours? E.g. Arriving late? Leaving early?
  • Are your staff taking excessive breaks such as smoke breaks or snack breaks?
  • Is your reception sometimes unmanned and thus allowing for visitors to wander in?
  • Are you experiencing theft within your business?
  • Do you store sensitive data, in paper or electronic form?
  • Do you store medicines or chemicals?
  • Do you store weapons?
  • Does your business operate at night and you want to protect your staff from unauthorised people entering the office?

Access control offers a secure, convenient, flexible and cost-effective way of controlling who has access to your building, when that access is allowed and where. It provides an extra level of security and peace of mind that locks and keys just can’t.

Standard Access Control

Standard access control relates to the security measure in place to restrict access to a location. Standard access control is usually; pin codes, access pass/fob, mobile or an intercom.

There will be a list of authorised persons with the relevant access and each device will only allow certain people through to the secure location.

One of the main aspects of standard access control is that they are not unique to the user and they could be lost, stolen or shared.

Different types of Standard Access Control scanner

Pin Code

The simplest form of access control as it is a simple code which the users memorise and will only allow them to areas where they are permitted entry.

It’s more cost-effective than the pass or fob but it does rely on people’s memory.

Additionally, someone with a PIN can easily share their code with another.

Ideal for: Small, medium, large businesses across all sectors; Financial, Healthcare, Manufacturing etc

Access Pass or Fob

One of the most common access control scanners; a pass or fob allows quick access but can be programmed so it still restricts access to certain locations for different individuals however the physical pass can be standardised across the whole business so that everyone looks the same.

A couple of flaws of the access pass are that they are used continuously so they can be subject to wear and tear and they can be cloned, lost, stolen or shared.

Ideal for: Small, medium, large businesses across all sectors; Financial, Healthcare, Manufacturing etc


Fairly new technology but it is fast becoming popular as the mobile is carried constantly so it is easy to have it operate as an access pass.

As it is still fairly new, you may run into compatibility issues and of course, mobiles can be lost, stolen or shared.

Ideal for: Small, medium, large businesses across all sectors; Financial, Healthcare, Manufacturing etc


A very common piece of access control technology – the voice intercom has been around for many years but the video intercom has been building in popularity.

When someone buzzes intercom to the building, they can identify who they are verbally and you can double check with a visual.

Ideal for: All businesses but Government, Police and Pharmaceuticals particularly would benefit.

Biometric Access Control

Biometric access control is a security device that allows you access to a secure location using unique characteristics of a person such as voice, face, eye, fingerprint or signature.

The system itself will have a list of authorised persons and it will match the characteristic with what is recorded on file.

It is very difficult to fool a biometric system because a unique characteristic is hard to duplicate.

Different types of Biometric Access Control scanner

Face recognition

Commonly referred to as the Future of Access Control, it is one of the most flexible forms of access control as it works quickly and identifies you by numerous characteristics such as the distance between eyes, the shape of lips, cheekbones etc.

Ideal for: Airports, Police, Manufacturing, Government, Healthcare


Fingerprints are truly unique as no two fingerprints are the same.

One of the flaws of certain fingerprint scanners is that it does rely on the right angle of print. (We do not install these types of scanners!)

Ideal for: Healthcare, Schools, Nurseries, Financial industry, Manufacturing and office buildings

Eye Retina

You can’t replicate a retina as the blood vessels at the back of the eye are unique and do not change.

It can take longer than the other biometric scanners to get a read, so may not be suitable if you need to access a location immediately.

Ideal for: Government and Defence buildings, Laboratories.

Eye Iris

It is difficult to replicate an iris. Likewise, it can be difficult to record the scan initially which is worth noting if you have several people to scan.

Ideal for: Government and Defence buildings, Laboratories.


Possibly one of the least reliable methods of biometric access control as although a signature is unique, it can still be forged.

Ideal for: Most businesses that require minimal security


Not quite as reliable as the likes of eye scanners because some scanners are fooled by the likes of a tape recording.

Ideal for: Most businesses that require minimal security

Hybrid Access Control Systems

You don’t need to restrict yourself to one type of Access Control.

Many businesses decide to have a mixture of different types of access control. For instance, some Hospitals have PIN code entry to standard document storage, swipe cards for doors and fingerprint scanners for medicine storage cupboards.

In fact, some businesses have a series of access control in place before someone can gain access, for example; in a Government / Defence building you may have to use a PIN code and fingerprint scanner for entry into certain areas.

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