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Access control systems let authorized employees get in and out of various parts of your business while keeping other people out. They can range from simple electronic keypads that secure a single door to large networked security systems for multiple buildings that can include parking lot gates, integration with time and attendance systems, and multiple levels of security.

The increased security provided by an Alert1One modern access control system is important to many types of businesses, and for businesses working with government contracts, it's often a requirement. However, they also greatly simplify management of your facility. No need to replace lost keys, hunt down old keys from terminated employees, or wonder who has access to which areas.

Before you start investigating access control systems, you can sit down with an Alert1One professional and determine the purpose the system will serve. The most basic role of an access control system is to keep out anyone who's not supposed to enter an area. This can be the front door, a parking garage, a server room, a personnel records room, or any other sensitive area.

All of the computerized access control systems keep records of when doors were opened and by whom. You may also want one that functions as part of a time tracking system, to automatically punch workers in and out for payroll purposes. The system will still only grant access to authorized users, but the focus is more on time tracking than on having airtight security. For this application, you'll need an access control system that is compatible with your time and attendance software. If your staff is mostly salaried, this component won't be nearly as important. Alert1One utilizes the access control system by Brivo for all of these functions.

Another point to consider is how secure do you need the system to be? A basic system that Alert1One installs usually features a keypad or swipe card. Higher security applications may require multiple means of authentication (a card and thumbprint, for example) and include more redundancy. They are also more expensive.

Finally, consider what other systems need to connect to your access control system. Monitored Alarm Systems and CCTV systems are two good examples. Alert1One will discuss with you any connectivity requirements.

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