February 24, 2023

What Is An Access Control System?

Access control security systems are an important component of physical security, helping businesses and organisations to secure their premises and ensure the safety and security of their employees, customers and assets. There are many access control systems on the market today, all of which offer their own sets of strengths and weaknesses. Unfortunately, these systems can be very expensive to install or replace, which is why it is so important for business owners to make the right choice from the get go. If you are considering implementing a security access system to strengthen your business’ existing security strategy, but are trying to minimise unnecessary risks and costs associated with choosing the wrong system, look no further. 

In this blog, we share exactly what to look out for when choosing the best security access systems to safeguard your business. Read on to find out more. 


What Is A Security Access System?

Before we dive into what to look for in a security access system for your business, let’s take a few minutes to understand exactly what this type of system is in the first place. Access and control security systems are a system that manages and controls the entry of individuals into a building or area. This system facilitates the automated approval for authorised personnel to enter through a security portal without the need for a physical security guard or officer to review and validate the authorisation. A simple example of this can be seen in many apartment buildings, where residents are required to scan an access card or key fob to enter the building. 

Access control systems can vary in complexity, from simple keyless entry systems to sophisticated biometric systems that use advanced technologies such as facial recognition, retinal scans or fingerprint scanning. The type of system used will depend on the level of security that is required and the specific needs of a business or organisation. 


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What To Look For In Security Access Systems

Now that we have a basic understanding of the role a security access system plays in safeguarding your business, let’s have a look at some must-have features to look out for when choosing your ideal access control system.


  1. User-Friendly Experience 

    The best security access system for your business is ultimately one that is user-friendly and doesn’t require advanced technical knowledge to operate. Generally, when choosing the best access control system for your business, you’ll want to opt for a system that your employees and management can easily use, without the need for expensive and time-consuming training. Thankfully, ESS security systems and technologies are scaled to meet the needs and experience of the operator (ie, you). Our software is very user-friendly, and our in-field technicians and SOC operators offer 24/7 technical support so you can rest easy.

  2. Automatic Door Management 

    Automatic door management throughout different times of the day is a fundamental component of any quality security access system. This feature is especially important if your business or organisation is open to members of the public during the day and closed at night. The ideal security access system will enable you to temporarily lock or unlock doors and entrances during certain time periods throughout the day, to ensure that unauthorised personnel do not gain access to your site. 

  3. Real Time Data & Notifications 

    Knowing what is happening at your business premises, organisation or facility, when it’s happening, is key to improving security and reducing response time to emergencies or incidents. With this in mind, real time date and notifications is a feature that we always recommend prioritising when choosing a security access system. Your control dashboard should be able to show you all access events in real time, and be able to send alerts automatically to notify your admins of any issues. 

  4. Remote Management 

    Remote management is a feature which allows admins to access the system from anywhere, effectively centralising your operations. This feature enables admins to remotely unlock doors, respond to visitor requests, issue and revoke access, change user schedules, and see what is happening in real-time, without ever having to physically be at the premises. This is a fantastic feature that allows you to manage and restrict access over a number of different premises, especially if you are a large enterprise with various outlets or locations. Moreover, remote management can effectively reduce your overhead and save you money over time, too. 

  5. Built-In Video Capabilities 

    You know what they say — seeing is believing. As effective as keyless entries may be, ensuring that your access system offers built-in video capabilities is yet another feature that will help to enhance your organisation’s overall safety. With video capabilities, admins are able to monitor and control visitors with visual verification of every access event, right where it’s happening. Whether it’s following verified visitors or monitoring employees, customers or residents during an emergency evacuation, you can be sure of the numbers of people, their locations, and other critical information by integrating video surveillance with access control.

  6. Easy Integration With Other Services 

    Lastly, it is important to assess the services and apps you use on a daily basis to run your business, and make sure your access control system supports a seamless integration. In an increasingly internet of things-connected world, native integrations are an essential feature of the best access control systems. Thankfully, at ESS, our security access systems are designed to easily integrate with other applications and services for your ease and convenience.


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Need an access control system?

At ESS, we design and install electronic security systems for commercial use across a range of sectors and industries, anywhere in Australia. Our experienced electronic security specialists will assess your site and recommend a tailored access security system to meet your specific business requirements. We are committed to operating with agility, keeping ahead of security trends and integrating technology in order to provide more innovative and efficient solutions for all our clients. 


If you are interested to learn more about how our security access systems can help safeguard your business, do not hesitate to call us at 1300 20 22 24 today. 

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