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Access Control

Gain control of who enters your space with an access control system. Access control can be a great tool for you and your team.  It can be as simple as a door buzzer with intercom system, allowing you to screen who enters your building or as intricate as fingerprint access by area and time of day only.

Whether you are looking for employee or customer restriction, convenient employee access, inventory control or isolation from sensitive or dangerous spaces; S3’s experience designing access control systems for organizations of all sizes will benefit your bottom line.

It all starts with an audit and a friendly “discovery” conversation to understand your objectives and the level of security you’re looking for. Contact us for a free Access Control Audit.

Below are a few popular access control systems; which can be used individually or in combination depending on the level of sensitivity and control preference.

Intercom Systems – Door buzzer, with or without video, that notifies when someone is at the door and the person can let be allowed in remotely with a touch of a button.

Keypad –  Obtain access using a code into the keypad, or select a system which gives the option to use an access card and/or keypad.

Key Card or Fob Proximity – A “contactless” card which can be read without insertion into a reader device.  These devices work on RFID technology and are encrypted. Cards are typically considered active or passive. Active cards (containing a small battery) or “passive” (relying on the reader to read the card). When the card is within a certain distance of the radio receiver, the system reads and authenticates the card, which provides or denies access to the room/building.

Biometrics – Cutting-edge systems which use fingerprint readers, retinal eye scanners or hand geometry readers to enter an area. This type of access control provides a high level of security since access cannot be transferred.

Areas to Consider Access Control

Lobbies – Control public access with an intercom or provide access to office employees via key card access.

Schools/Institutions – Schools use access control in many ways. In today’s environment, most schools use an intercom system to screen visitors’ access. In addition, an access control system allows the school to control who can access the buildings after hours.  A perfect example is for student athletics. You could restrict a coach or volunteer’s access to certain hours of the day and once the season is over, simply modify their card or fob.  This eliminates a community of coaches and volunteers with keys to the building, the hassle of limited persons with access, or someone leaving a door unlocked for convenience.

High-Value Inventory – If you have a room with valuable inventory or sensitive documents, an access control system allows you to know who entered when, restrict individuals, and know if a door was forced open or held open too long.  All valuable information to control inventory expenses or isolate information access.

Restaurants/Retail – With high turnover in these industries, the ability to immediately restrict a person’s access to a building not only ensures that your property and inventory are protected but also protects your employees and patrons.