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Prioritizing Physical Security | What You Need to Know About Access Control

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As one of the leaders in commercial access control in Houston, we at ASI see a wide range of businesses with questions about what technologies they should consider when protecting their businesses and assets. One of the most valuable technologies we recommend is access control.  

What is a Physical Access Control System? 

Access control installations are an arrangement of controllers, readers, user credentials, door hardware, and software used to control and regulate levels of access to controlled areas. The access control systems identify users via PINs, badges, biometric data, or a combination of these to control access to a physical space. 

Access Control Is for More Than Security

In addition to providing increased levels of security, access control provides additional advantages. For example, access control systems could provide an audit of who was last to access a certain area to help verify events or can provide insight into how the building traffic flows, or highlight underutilized spaces. 

Access Control Systems Can be Customized

Every business is unique, so every access control system should also be unique and fit specifically to the facility’s needs. Professional access control systems are custom-built to protect the business’s assets and should employ the appropriate levels of authentication.

Cloud-Based Systems Offer Unprecedented Advantage

Self-managed access control systems require the business operator to manually manage and update each element of their access control system. Not only is this a huge investment of time, but it is also complex and incredibly challenging to change or add security elements to the system. This causes significantly underutilized or even malfunctioning systems. 

Cloud-based access control systems eliminate the problems. Updates and maintenance to all elements of the access control system can be done simultaneously and automatically across the network, which can expedite the process of adding features or making changes. Regular maintenance is handled automatically and in the cloud. System owners can rest assured that their system is always running optimally. 

Top Benefits of Cloud-Based Access Control Systems

With traditional systems, organizations must run and manage their access control system on a physical computer that is housed within the building. Cloud-based systems allow system managers to manage access and control all the doors and manage users anytime, from anywhere. 

  • Maintain security across multiple doors and sites
  • Provide a record of all activity
  • Reduce risk 
  • Avoid re-keying when keys are lost or change of employees
  • Reduce security costs
  • Access and control from anywhere
  • No need for a local server
  • Automatic updates

Access Control Near Me | Prioritizing Physical Security

Serving Houston and surrounding areas since 1992, Advantage Security Integration. We combine the sophisticated technologies you expect with the customer service you deserve. To learn more about cloud-based access control or any other physical security solution, call ASI Houston today at  713-490-2020. 

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