How Access Control Systems Work?
Access Control Systems enable an individual or group to control access to certain areas within a facility or computer information system. In physical security there are several components related to this type of system that I will be covering in this article.
Access control points can be a door, turnstile, elevator, parking gate, or any other barrier where access can be granted or denied. Most access points are doors and these points can be controlled by electric locks. Rather than requiring a human operator to control the locks, an electronic reader is used to determine the level of accessability that is to be granted to incoming traffic.
Types of Readers
There are many different kinds of readers that are used to control entry points. Readers can use biometrics to scan finger or hand prints, they can be keypads that require a key code, and they can also be used to read keycards. Advances in network technology over the past decade have led to the increased use of IP readers. These readers are often PoE enabled which allow them to be easily integrated with battery backups. This means that in the event of a power failure, the control system will still operate properly. Control readers do not usually make the decision, but instead pass the information along to a control panel that verifies the proper access level.
Cost and Benefit
Access control systems are extremely affordable these days and can easily be installed into any size facility. In addition to affordability, the benefits of having a control system far out-weight the cost incurred.
Top 3 benefits of using Access Control Systems:
- Authorization – granting only authorized users entry to doors or systems
- Accountability – logs and records that can account for an individual’s actions
- Identification – verifying an individual’s identify and level of accessability
Setting Up a Free Video Conference
When renting an external meeting room for your business the choice you make has a direct impact on the impression your business portrays to its partners and clients. It is therefore imperative that your chosen venue meets your expectations, providing exceptional facilities and business services to ensure your business meeting runs smoothly.
So what factors do you need to consider when selecting an external meeting room?
First impressions count and the decor of a meeting space are the first thing partners and clients will see on arrival to your business meeting. Selecting a venue that portrays a professional image automatically puts your organisation in a positive light, reinforcing your expertise and skill within your chosen industry.
Ideally you will want your chosen meeting venue to be well maintained both inside and out, including the approach to the building. Decor should be fresh and inviting with no chipped paint or ripped carpets in sight. Meeting rooms should be clean and tidy with no rubbish on show or no bad food smells left over from a previous booking.
Operators like Avanta Managed Offices will offer the above meeting room equipment as standard, so there is no extra cost to your business. They also offer free Wi-Fi enabled meeting rooms and free IP to IP calls when using AV equipment.
Video conferencing is another service offered by external meeting room providers. It offers a cost effective alternative for many businesses which operate around the globe, something to consider when choosing a meeting venue.
Look out for part 2 of this informative article, where we look into additional factors such as cost, location and services and how they impact your choice of meeting venue.
Function of Control Systems
A lot of people know about video conferencing, the idea of video conferencing is that you can see someone at the other end; you've got all the body language and all the information they're trying to impart to you but that's as far as it goes. If you now think of yourself as being in a meeting and you've got flip charts all round the room but you've also got offices in Tokyo and New York, you need to get those people involved. They could fly across but this can be expensive and time consuming, or you could have an audio or video conference, but the can't really share on the information. New audio visual (AV) technology means that you have electronic flip charts that you'd have around your meeting room, and those people in Tokyo or New York can access those electronic flip charts. They can feel and can see exactly what's going on and they're just as involved as the people who are physically sat round the table.
A control system can help you manage this technology. In your home, you may have several pieces of media technology each with their own remote control, leaving you trying to turn the television volume down with the remote control for the CD player, In the early days, control systems were high end and state of the art, but like most technology, as it's evolved and become more sophisticated. If you're in a board room you may have a projector and a display, you could also have air conditioning and blinds all with different remotes, control systems take all that away, and you have one system which does it all for you. You can control everything in you room at the touch of a button.
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