Most Common Applications of Access Control Systems

Enterprise Security Magazine | Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Security is a top responsibility for businesses of all sizes and sectors. Access control solutions can help firms save money by simplifying employee access and ensuring a secure workplace.

FREMONT, CA: Access control is a type of security that regulates who has access to or uses resources—thereby minimizing a business's potential risk. Systems are classified into two broad categories: logical and physical.

Physical access control systems restrict access to buildings, rooms, campuses, and other tangible real estates. On the other hand, logical access control systems limit access to system files, data, and computer networks.

Numerous organizations employ e-systems that grant or deny access based on the user's credentials. These systems include card readers, auditing capabilities, access control panels for limiting access, and even lockdown and alarm features.

Access control systems authorize and authenticate users by using a variety of credentials, including passwords, PINs, security tokens, and biometric scans. Frequently, systems employ multi-factor authentication (MFA), which requires two or more authentication elements.

Access control systems are a necessary component of almost every industry. The following are a few of the most frequently seen uses for access control systems.

Commercial Rental Property: As offices continue to offer more flexible work schedules, firms' security solutions for commercial buildings must have rapid and dependable access management. Additionally, they must be able to connect to programs such as Slack.

Wide-Range Retailing: Shrinkage can be minimized by implementing a system that facilitates staff entry and exit while simultaneously recording and reporting on that data. Due to the constant turnover in retail, reasonable access control should allow employees to be automatically added or removed from the directory.

Education: Any educational setting should place a high value on safeguarding its students and faculty members. Schools can be friendly and safe at the same time when using mobile credentials. It is also possible to fulfill attendance quotas by using an access control system.

Sporting and Entertainment Event Venues: Stadiums hold large crowds, making them a popular location for acts of violence against the public. Fans' safety shouldn't be sacrificed for the sake of security, which is why access control solutions might be helpful. Then there's the fact that the media, vendors, and athletes can access separate rooms—each with different security standards.

Healthcare: With the help of access control systems, shift changes and departmental access may be seamlessly integrated into the system. They can restrict access to certain medications, medical records, or narcotics to only authorized people who have them.

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