An access control system is just fancy words for a lock and key combination that allows a single user or multiple users to access specific areas of the building. These systems can be mechanical, as in a master key system or electronic managed door controls, with the ability to also have a schedule, date and times of access with an audit trail.
As you can imagine, with multiple users and multiple options, access control becomes a complex system that is most effective when it is designed properly for the client.
To make it simple, we break down access control systems into four categories:
Master Key Systems
Master key systems are manual entry key systems that allow three levels of access; all access, limited access and restricted access. Duplication of this key type is prohibited and difficult but not impossible. You can use a restricted key to make duplication impossible. Master key systems are popular for exterior doors on locally managed properties. Property owners that use a master key system are often in need of rekeying services.
Electronic deadbolts are a standalone lock that is battery operated and has a combination that allows the owner to change the access code, thus, restricting access without having to rekey the lock. Electronic deadbolts are very popular for residential houses.
Electronic Keypad Entry
An electronic keypad entry is a commercial door entry system that works with a magnetic lock or electric strike independently of the door lockset. Similar to the electronic cylindrical lockset, the keypad entry system allows up to 2,000 users with the option of master key style restriction. The keypad entry systems that we install allow remote control and an integrated audit trail of who’s coming and going.
Electronic Locksets are stand-alone cylindrical locksets that have the ability to have a schedule, date, day and time of access with audit trail. These locksets also have the option to be remote-controlled from offsite through a WiFi system.