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It used to be that the most common method of security used by businesses was the traditional lock and key. As technology has advanced, however, more convenient and secure options have become available. Today, one of the most common types of security is the access control system. Access control systems can come in different forms, but the setup most frequently used involves securing buildings with proximity readers that only allow an individual access if they have a company-issued business access card that has been programmed into the company’s access control system. What is novel about this security method is that, unlike the outdated lock and key setup, access control systems can be used to secure all types of valuable items, from doors and gates to equipment and even intellectual property. Moreover, each business access card can be readily programmed with different clearance levels to vary access among employees. Here are four of the best types of places to install access control readers:
Access control systems should, at the bare minimum, secure the physical entrances and exits of the building in question. If you run a company, installing access control readers at these points ensures that only employees with valid business access cards can enter the building. Access control readers can be installed at various entrance points within the building as well to establish different levels of clearance (for example, a receptionist at a hospital will have access to the front lobby area, but will likely not have access to the MRI room). Additionally, access control readers can be installed at the entrances to employee parking lots as well in tandem with an automated gate or other form of entrance control.
Rooms that contain sensitive information should also be secured with an access control system. Furthermore, if you run a business with confidential customer information (e.g., a hospital, doctor’s office, insurance company, etc.), you are required by law to secure the rooms where this information is kept; only business access cards with higher level clearance should be programmed with access to these locations.
If your building has private rooms (e.g., employee break rooms, private offices, hotel rooms/apartments, etc.), then you should also be sure to secure these rooms with access control readers; only certain individuals should have business access cards programmed to these rooms (you wouldn’t want, for example, an intern to have open access to the CEO’s office).
Lastly, one of the most innovative uses of access control systems is to secure equipment and even intellectual property (a special type of access control called logical access control). In particular, you can require employees to scan their business access cards before accessing company computers or before operating other equipment like elevators, etc. Securing business laptops and servers with access control readers and the relevant software is also a very effective way to protect the company’s intellectual property.