An effective door access control system is critical to keep your property and employees safe. Door access controls ensure unauthorized individuals stay out, and they can give people peace of mind that the building is secure. Before purchasing an access control system, make sure you know what features to look for and what type of system would best suit your needs.
How Many Doors Do You Need to Secure?
A determining factor for what type of system you need can come down to the number of doors you need access control for. If your business only has a front and back door, you likely don’t need an 8-door networked system. Rather, you can control each door with a standalone access control setup. However, having individual controls for each entry can quickly become a pain if you have several doors to monitor.
If you have more than a couple of doors that need access security, it’s worth centralizing your system. One way to do this is to use a wireless connection and sync them up on the same network. If you have multiple buildings to monitor, you can link them up on one system.
What Type of Door Access Control Systems Do You Want?
There are a few types of door access control systems to consider. Each has unique benefits and limitations.
On-Site Vs. Cloud-Based Systems
Another crossroad in the world of door access control systems is keeping your server on-site or making it cloud-based. The two main factors to consider are maintenance and cost.
Cost may be the biggest factor for businesses debating between an on-premises or cloud-based access control system. When you opt for a cloud-based system, you will likely be able to pay as you go. This can be a big draw compared to paying up-front for servers at your facility.
What Features Do You Need?
Whatever type of door access control system you go for, make sure it has the features you need. Some of the most sought-after features include the following:
- Audit reports: Being able to export a list of recent activities.
- Accessing real-time data: Being able to receive alerts of activity in your facility.
- Customizable dashboards: Having the option to set up your interface with the data and controls you use most can save a lot of time.
Consider Top Door Access Control Manufacturers
It can be helpful to start your research with some of the established access control companies in the industry.
Keyscan Access Control
Dormakaba’s Keyscan CA series of door controllers can be used to monitor and regulate access at both interior and exterior doors. Readers, door contacts, and locking devices can all be easily added to fit your business’s needs. The Keyscan EC series of elevator floor controls keep office floors secure by requiring credentials to use the elevator. Keyscan door and elevator controls utilize the same Aurora software, making it easy to combine controls and create the perfect access control system for your business. Keyscan systems are easily added to and can even utilize existing access control infrastructure.
Verkada Access Control
Verkada door controllers offer enterprise grade access control with ease. Their AC41 can allow cloud-based access to an unlimited number of doors across your company, all while using existing door hardware and card readers.
PDK ProdataKey Products
ProdataKey readers, controllers, and credentials paired with their cloud-based software platform can offer an easy to use, scalable, and affordable option in high-security access control.
AXIS Access Control Systems
Unlike many other access control systems, Axis is designed to be used for any need, large or small. Using Axis software and products can help ensure you get the best solution for your business, all while allowing for growth whenever it comes.
Consult with the Access Control Experts
VTS doesn’t just install access control systems; we also help you find the best solution for your business’s needs. To get in touch with us, give us a call or send us a message.