Implementing a commercial access control system is critical to the security of your employees, properties and customers. Commercial access control systems allow / restrictively select and manage the ability to enter or exit certain areas in and around your commercial property. These areas may include rooms, buildings or other areas that are accessible only to authorized persons.
There are different types of commercial access control systems on the market that vary in complexity and features. However, it is important to find one that best suits your organizational requirements. An appropriate commercial access control system can help organizations streamline access to authorized persons while restricting others.
Types of commercial access control systems
You will mainly find three types of access control systems on the market based on functionality. These include:
Independent network access control systems
Standalone network access control systems are also called “traditional” access control systems. Smaller organizations with fewer employees typically used these commercial access control systems. The entire system is managed by a primary or central access control panel. This panel is connected to various cameras, electronic door locks and readers and with communication cables and power.
IP network access control systems
In IT network access control systems, the most important access control components are directly connected to a network via an Ethernet or wireless connection. These commercial access control systems are extremely suitable for auditing, tracking and user management purposes as they process information in real time.
Zero-Touch access control systems
Zero-touch access control systems are built to give organizations the convenience of contactless access control, especially in the current COVID-19 pandemic scenario. People will no longer touch door handles and buttons or press buttons. They prefer everything contactless. With zero touch access control systems, physical contact is completely eliminated. Your visitors and employees can use handheld technology, face recognition and their smartphones to get into your business property.
Commercial access control systems can also be classified based on access control permits such as:
Mandatory access control (MAC)
Mandatory access control is extremely restrictive. In this system, the administrator assigns a tag to each user. The label is based on the access control guidelines or the organization’s policies. Any action taken by the authorized users is examined in relation to the organization’s access control guidelines or policies to verify that the action is permitted.
Mandatory access control systems are used by organizations that focus on confidentiality and thorough classification.
Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
Role-based access control systems are the most common commercial access control systems. They make it extremely convenient to manage user rights. With these control systems, permissions are given to specific roles, and then the roles are assigned to the allowed users. Access control in the case of role-based access control systems is typically based on job profiles and resource requirements.
Role-based access control systems are designed to give users access to areas and buildings required for their jobs. Therefore, users do not have access to areas or information that are not covered by their job profile. These systems can be useful when working with large companies, third party companies and contractors.
Discretionary Access Control (DAC)
Discretionary access control involves minimum restrictions. In the case of this system, the administrator decides which people have access to which sites. These commercial access control systems give individuals complete ownership of various areas in and around your commercial property.
How Commercial Access Control Systems Can Help
Different organizations and industries have different requirements for access control. But here are some important ways in which almost all the commercial access control systems on the market can help your organization:
- Define security requirements to restrict access to various areas in and around your commercial property.
- Determine permission at the individual level.
- Allow user access based on days and times.
- Monitor which users have access to which areas in and around your commercial property.
- Trigger alarms in case of suspicious activity.
- Remotely manage access control with a smartphone or Internet connection.
- Integrate with other components of your commercial security system, e.g. biometric access control and security cameras.
If you can not find a suitable commercial access control system for your organization, do not be bothered. Fortunately, most access control systems can be customized to provide you with state-of-the-art access control features.
At ProTech Security, we can help you create customized commercial access control systems for your organization that can integrate the most advanced security technologies with innovative networking features.
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