Commercial Security Access Control Overview – What Is Security Access Control?

Generally speaking, access control is any means used to control passage, into or out of an area through designated doors, elevators and even gates for specific people at specific times. In almost all situations, security would be the reason for the control. While it could also be used internally to building energy management control (tracking the number of persons in various work spaces), even this would typically be done in conjunction with some security need.

We’ve come a long way since the door bolt!

The simplest form of access control can be just a fence or a door with a lock and key. As technology has advanced, so have access control systems. Today’s systems most commonly refer to a computer based system paired with card readers, radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, or biometric scanners. An access control security system is the most efficient way to ensure that authorized personnel are granted quick and easy access to restricted areas, while simultaneously, restricting access to unauthorized personnel.

Applying Access Control Security Systems to Your Business or Institution

Vandalism, theft, assault, and even terrorism (in industries such as aviation and shipping), are a constant threat to commercial, government, and institutional facilities. Besides the obvious losses that can occur to your operation, there are also issues concerning liability for your employees, customers, students, or others whom your business serves. It is unfortunate, but in our litigious society, you are as likely to suffer loss of time and money from lawsuits where you are found not to provide adequate security.

Without the proper security measures put in place, a business is much more vulnerable, as criminals tend to “look” for facilities that seem to be an “easy target”. A commercial access control security system will keep unwelcome individuals from entering the facility, greatly decrease the risk of vandalism, theft, and assault, as well as other crimes that harm or interrupt a business.

Commercial Access Control Devices Increase System Flexibility

There are a large number of devices that can be added to a “generic” system to make it suitable to the specific needs of a particular industry or business.

Security System Integration: Putting It All Together

When it comes to security, one system does not fit all. Commercial security requirements vary greatly by industry type, not just because the operations differ, but also because they serve different user groups (customers, staff, visitors, patients, students, etc.), different access requirements (24 hour, etc.), and varying risk levels (ice cream parlor vs. nuclear plant).

Finding the best commercial security system solution usually involves making various vendor systems work together. One system, or part of a system may suit a specific need better than another, and/or where you may be adding to an existing legacy security system. In either case, it is essential that your security systems provider have the broad industry knowledge to select the right systems combinations for you, and be able integrate them for your use and management.

Contact Koetter for your Security Access Control System Needs. Understanding the business environment where our security access control solutions will be used is crucial to ensuring that it fits your needs. Companies like yours count on Koetter to protect their brand and drive business growth; we can do it for your company too! Our Corporate office is in the heart of Dallas, Texas, with local capabilities that are extended by our other Texas offices in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Longview, Corpus Christi, Abilene and Lubbock. Call Koetter and let’s discuss an security access control plan for your company today.