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Question: What is Access Control?

Access control is a way of monitoring and controlling who can enter a given location. There are several ways in which this can be achieved. The first is a standalone system, which will use something like a fob, card or code to allow employees to enter and leave premises freely providing they have their ‘key’. This will ensure that nobody unauthorised can enter unless they’re accompanying someone with access.  The second is a computer controlled system which can grant remote access. This method is regarded as more secure as it allows you or your colleagues to see the person that is requesting access via CCTV or intercom, and choose whether or not to grant them access from a remote location. This saves time and resources and can keep your premises incredibly secure. Some busy warehouses, for example, might even use a combination of the two access control methods outlined above to optimise their security. Key cards and fobs are very useful for individual rooms and offices with sensitive information stored in them, whereas remote access with CCTV or intercom is more useful for general access to premises.

Of course, any combination of systems can be utilised together in order to give you total control on all those entering and leaving your premises. Such a multi-layered system may seem excessive, but if you have sensitive information or facilities that need guarding, you can’t afford to take any chances.

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