Access Control Systems
Access control systems are not only the front line of physical business defence, but they also play a part in optimising the day to day activity in your company.
Some of the main benefits to the security set up at your business include:
- Ease of access around your premises for authorised personnel
- Control of who comes in and out of the perimeter and specific security areas
- Knowledge of who is in the building and when
- Stop the entry of unwanted vehicles
- Door entry systems that keep employees and customers safe from intruders
- Something missing? Track who went into that room last
- Control of personnel and premises when fire alarm systems ring out
From our base in Southend-on-Sea, our access control installers are able to help with door entry system installations and maintenance for business premises across Essex.
We can also integrate your access control with an existing security system like intruder alarm or CCTV.
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Access Control Essex
There are lots of different types of access control system. Eastern Security Ltd has a long track record as access control installers in Southend-on-Sea and Essex.
Our engineers will hand pick the best control system for your commercial premises depending on your specific day to day security needs.
You can choose from:
- A door access system with audio
- A door access system with video
- An automated door code with fobs, keypads or swipe card systems
- Control systems from a central computer
- Biometric access control security systems
- Automatic bollards
- Electric barriers
- Automatic gates
- Roller shutter doors
- Links to Payroll
- Links to Fire Roll Call
- Access control system that releases fire doors and alerts the appropriate personnel when a fire alarm has been triggered
- Security systems that work with your fire alarm system to ensure only authorised personnel have access to the premises in an emergency situation
Audio Door Intercom Systems – Hear
These audio-only access control systems allow your staff to hear the visitor through a door intercom system so that their identity can be verified and entry to your business permitted with the press of a button.
Video Door Entry System – Access Control That Allows You To Hear and See
With the ability to both see and hear your visitor, the video entry system takes the access control part of your business security solutions to the next level. Especially useful for verifying ID badges before answering to delivery drivers and gas engineers, these door entry systems can help prevent your staff from becoming the victims of a distraction burglary. Eastern’s engineers will help you choose the right access control system – whether it’s a head office, an apartment block or a retail shop that requires a door code or two.
Automated Fob / Code / Swipecard Systems
Authorised personnel can be given fobs or swipecards that can be individually coded for access to specific areas at specific times. If a fob or swipecard is lost or an employee stops working for you, they can be denied access by deleting them off of the system. These are simple to set up for both new members of staff or authorised visitors. Each piece of equipment can also be linked to Payroll or to Fire Roll Call so you always know who is in the building.
Biometric Access Control
Biometric authentication is a new form of access control using human characteristics for identification. It is particularly suitable for buildings with high volumes of traffic and where high security is paramount. These can be added and adapted to any access control system.
Proximity Reading for Access Control
A proximity card or prox card is a “contactless” smart card which can be read without inserting it into a reader device, as required by earlier magnetic stripe cards such as credit cards and “contact” type smart cards.
The proximity cards are part of the contactless card technologies. Held near an electronic reader for a moment, they enable the identification of an encoded number. The reader usually produces a beep or other sound to indicate the card has been read. Proximity cards typically have a read range up to 50 cm. The card can often be left in a wallet or purse and read by simply holding the wallet or purse near the reader.
Video can be integrated into all access control systems such as day, night and infrared. High Definition quality images are displayed which allows you to view your visitors before granting them access to your building.
Again, personalised swipecards or fobs can be used in conjunction with a turnstile to permit entry or exit from your premises. This precludes the need for walls and doors in your open plan environment.
Eastern Security have successfully installed turnstiles to provide access control for a number of commercial retailers.
Automatic Gates & Barriers
Automatic gates and barriers provide a wealth of security solutions for unauthorised vehicles and personnel.
- Offices and retail – control parking, allow essential workers in, easy access for deliveries – provide a code so no need to rely on others closing up after they leave. Your gates will automatically close.
- Schools – control car parking so staff can get a parking spot; safeguard children by keeping unauthorised vehicles and their occupants out!
By issuing your code or fob to the relevant people, there’s no need to open up when a courier arrives out of hours.
Also, if a member of staff leaves under a cloud, access control systems can avoid the expense of changing all the locks. Delete their fob from the system or simply create a new code and your ex-employee is immediately denied entry!
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Discretionary Access Control?
Discretionary Access Control or DAC are security solutions that grant access rights to individual users, who only have to have the code, card or fob to get in or out. The downside of this type of access control system is you cannot stop users from telling others the code or lending their card or fob to other people.
What is Role-Based Access Control?
Role Based Access Control (RBAC) grants access rights based on the roles of individual users. It’s more secure than DAC because it can be customised so only authorized people are allowed to enter and exit a commercial premises.
This can be useful for both homes and businesses. One of the most common examples is to allow cleaners to enter specific areas of your domestic or commercial property at specific times.
What is Mandatory Access Control?
Mandatory (MAC) is the most secure of the three types of Access Control. It is the preferred option for organisations that have highly sensitive information, like Data Centers or server rooms. And want to ensure that only those with the necessary clearance are able to enter or exit the building or a particular area of a building.
The only person who can manage the system is the system manager – this could be the business owner or a higher level member of staff. The system manager is able to control the level of access for every individual member of staff.
What type of access control system should be used to protect my premises?
When addressing the thorny question of what type of access control Essex-based businesses require… You need to remember that it depends on your premises and the level of protection you are trying to achieve. Generally, an effective access control system consists of security solutions that include physical barriers, door entry systems with access cards or keypad codes and surveillance cameras.
Physical barriers help to limit entry points into the building and can also deter unauthorized intrusion.
Access cards or keypad codes provide a secure way for authorised personnel to enter and exit the premises.
Finally, surveillance cameras allow for monitoring of activity throughout the building and can help detect any suspicious activities.
There are also three different levels of access control solutions – Discretionary, Role-Based and Mandatory. See the sections on these above.
We can also integrate your access control with an existing security system like intruder alarm or CCTV
How do I set up different levels of clearance for different people in order to limit access?
There are three different levels of access control solutions – Discretionary, Mandatory and Role-Based. See the sections above.
Security systems with different levels of clearance can be set up to limit access by using cards or keypads with different codes assigned to each level of clearance. Access cards can also allow for access to only certain areas within the premises and can be programmed with a range of restrictions and expiration dates.
Additionally, security cameras can be used to monitor activity and ensure that those with higher-level clearances are the only ones allowed into certain restricted areas.
We can also integrate your access control system with an existing security system like intruder alarm or CCTV
Do you offer a maintenance service for access control systems?
Yes, we offer a comprehensive maintenance service for all our commercial access control systems. Our team of experienced engineers is on hand to deal with any technical issues you may have with your access control system. And we’ll try to fix them on the same day. If humanly possible, we will! We also offer a 24/7 monitoring service so you can be confident that your business is protected around the clock.
Do you offer a warranty on access control systems?
Yes, we offer a 12-month warranty on all our commercial access control systems. This covers all parts and labour, so you can be confident that your system is protected.
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Eastern Security: making Southend and the whole of Essex a safer place to live
Eastern Security serves the whole of Essex (and parts of London) from their HQ in Southend-on-Sea, the home of the longest pier in the world!
This includes Colchester (the oldest town in Britain), Chelmsford (our county town), Basildon (one of the early new towns built in 1949), Rayleigh (with its traditional high street) and Grays (home to Tilbury Docks a major hub for shipping).
But also prosperous Brentwood, seaside town Clacton on Sea (with a shorter pier) and Canvey Island… the largest island in Essex!
Essex Police Police have their work cut out…
…to cover the 1,404 square miles of Essex county. Because the Crimerate website says Essex is the 20th most criminal county in England, Wales & Northern Ireland!
Basildon suffers the most crime. With Clacton-on-Sea and Harlow following. While Billericay ranks as the safest town followed by Rayleigh then Wickford.
Isn’t it time you took steps to improve the security of your home or business premises?
Contact Eastern for a free site survey and tailored security solution to solve your business security and access control issues… within your budget!
Covering the whole of Essex… and beyond!
Why you should choose Eastern Security Ltd to install your access control systems
Over the last two decades, we’ve built great relationships with our customers by continuing to provide an expert service that’s competitively priced.
- Up to date, industry-approved technology
- Local company with over 25 years of experience
- Versatile access control and security systems designed to grow with your business
- No mess installation
- We offer a 12 month full warranty on parts and labour
- Key holder service available
- We offer maintenance contracts for access control and security systems that give you peace of mind, knowing that an engineer is only ever a phone call away.
To find out how access control could improve security at your business premises, please complete the form to book your free site survey