Access control systems are the new wave of the future when it comes to building safety. Now more than ever, a variety of access control technologies can work together so that hospital, school and university protection professionals, together with administrators, can more easily manage the data coming in from those systems and develop improved situational awareness during an emergency situation. New access control systems can also help campuses manage the many forms of mass notification used by your institution if a crisis occurs. (more…)
What is at the point of entry?
An access control point, which can be a door, turnstile, parking gate, elevator, or other physical barrier, where granting access can be electronically controlled. Typically, the access point is a door. A reader is placed on the non-secure side of the door. Readers do not usually make an access decision, but send a card number to an access control panel that verifies the number against an access list. To monitor the door position, a magnetic door switch can be used to generate alarm conditions when a door is propped open for an extended period of time or if a door is opened without using a valid access granted by the system. (more…)
It’s common for property management companies to have someone on call around the clock to deal with various property issues. Late night and weekend phone calls are routine for property managers. Some of these calls relate to maintenance issues… power outages, plumbing problems, or heating. But the most frequent calls property managers receive are from tenants who lock themselves out of their residential space or commercial suite. This requires the property management representative to meet the locked-out tenant at the site to unlock the door. If ever there was a golden opportunity for managed access control, this is it. (more…)