Access control systems offer a variety of solutions to allow the free flow of authorised personnel through secured premises while denying entry to unauthorised persons. Obviously being able to control who enter a building through either main access and egress routes is essential, however this is a very small part of the huge potential offered by access control systems offer.
For example, any prohibited areas such as a Director’s office, stock room or IT server room may require increased security, in addition to protecting staff from unwanted visitors. However, more sophisticated systems are now common place which allow access control systems to integrate seamlessly into time and attendance systems, or even into on-site vending machines and cafeterias!
Access Control solutions can be either standalone or PC-based, the latter giving you centralised administration and real-time control of your security function.
Access Control Systems
Modern Access Control solutions, such as Paxton’s excellent Net2 product, offer not only control of entry and exit points in your building, but they can also be used for the following:
- Time and attendance
- Intruder alarm integration (the alarm automatically unsets upon presentation of specific cards/fobs)
- View IP camera images
- Control lighting and heating – reducing your carbon footprint and energy usage)
- Lift control
- Use site graphics to view plans of your buildings with real time information on door status
- Open doors remotely
- Connect multiple buildings and remote sites to centralised systems, making management far simpler
- Create roll call and muster points to improve health and safety
Paxton Access Control
JNCS – Beyond Security have extensive experience at installing and maintaining Paxton access control solutions. We have installed Paxton Net2 into many sites throughout South Africa & Africa, whether for multi-site organisations with centralised control, single buildings with dozens of doors, or less complex requirements.
As well as standalone access control for single door applications, we install PC-based networked systems to control multiple doors (across multiple sites if required). In this way, access can be granted by numeric code, proximity card/fob, hands-free tokens, or biometrics.
A key benefit of Paxton’s Net2 solution is that tokens or users can be barred instantly, or access to specific doors can be amended as required. Furthermore, different access rights can be created for different groups or departments, making the Net2 system easy to manage and control access throughout the building.
As well as strong reporting, roll call and time and attendance benefits, Paxton access control also integrates into fire systems, security, or even lighting, heating and power to seamlessly manage your building and save money on energy usage.
Types of Access Control
A typical system is a keypad access control system used in conjunction with a regular lock and key. This generally has a numeric terminal or keypad connected to the lock release mechanism through a control unit.
More commonly referred to as Swipe Cards, these systems allow entry and exit once a card comes into contact with a card reader.
Proximity systems are a more effective method of enabling access control as there are contactless. This means that the card itself does not have to come into physical contact with the reader, reducing wear and tear as well as speeding up the process.
Smartcards and readers have the advantage of being able to store additional information which can be used for other services, such as school library membership, cashless vending, or storing other individual data. Smartcards can be either contactless (proximity systems) or alternatively a contact chip system which will require the card to be manually inserted.
The most sophisticated types of reader permit entry only if the authorised user’s unique human characteristics are recognised. This raises the security level significantly as such unique identifiers as fingerprint, hand, retinal or facial patterns are used by biometric readers.
Hands Free Readers:
Using active cards which transmit a signal, you can automatically unlock or open a door when the receiver detects the card. This makes it ideal in respect of the Disability Discrimination ACT (DDA), as no action is required by the card bearer.
Access Control Maintenance
JNCS – Beyond Security maintain and repair access control system throughout South Africa & Africa. Although access control does not require a huge amount of servicing or maintenance, we recommend that the following is carried out:
- Check cables for wear and tear.
- Ensure that cables are dressed properly.
- Ensure no loose wiring at connectors and cable entry points.
- Check all glands, seals and connectors on external equipment.
- Ensure that system provides adequate protection (i.e. PIN numbers changed, obsolete users deactivated, etc.).
- Check reader timings.
- Check door magnets and closers and adjust if necessary.
- Check integration with other systems and triggering of fire alarm.
- Replace scratch reader covers.
- Check software operation.
- Ensure that premises are appropriately protected and existing door access controls are sufficient.
Whatever type of system you require, whether you need a consultation and advice on access control at the design stage, or effective solutions to an existing security problem, JNCS – Beyond Security will put our expertise at your disposal to ensure that you get the right system for your requirements and budgetary constraints.
Contact us today to arrange a Free Demonstration of the NET2 Access Control System