It should come as no surprise to anyone in the know or anyone with a CCTV security system that access control is probably the most important element of the system. But those new to CCTV solutions may be wondering just what access control is. As we’ve discussed in a previous article, access control determines who’s allowed ‘access’ to your business and what they’re allowed to do. And that’s an important point, it’s not just about who can enter your building, it also allows you to decide who can enter a specific room or office, or even computer terminal.
There are a variety of types of access control including intercom systems, swipe cards and even biometric scanners. Some can be controlled remotely from a web browser or a smartphone. The type you choose depends on the level of security you need.
So Who Does Needs Integrated Access Control?
You may be wondering what types of businesses need integrated access control with their CCTV security system. Or, you may be asking yourself if you need it. To get a better understanding of what these systems offer, we cover that in a previous blog ‘Access Control: Integrating with CCTV’.
Now let’s look at the types of businesses that would benefit from this kind of integration. Basically, an access control system is essential for any business that:
Deals with sensitive or private information
Manufactures dangerous materials including chemicals or equipment
Sells any type of pharmaceuticals
Houses dangerous materials
Needs to protect an proprietary materials
Here is our list of the top five businesses that need integrated access control within their CCTV solution.
Law Firms or Investment Firms
These types of businesses house sensitive and private information. Personal and Financial information about their clients. They may not choose to install access control at the entrance to their building as clients will come and go, but most definitely may choose to only allow certain employees into offices or rooms that hold client files, etc. In addition, they may choose to use access control on certain computer terminals.
Law Enforcement Facilities
Obviously, any law enforcement office or facility will hold weapons of various types and sizes including hand guns, shotguns and even tasers. This would be another example of using access control for certain rooms or offices.
Hospitals, Clinics, Pharmacies
This category encompasses a broad range of businesses. First, they all house drugs of many types, some highly dangerous if put into the wrong hands. Hospitals and clinics also have a vast amount of electrical machinery in places as well as sterile areas and areas of quarantine. Access control is a business such as this is a no brainer. And most access control systems can be easily changed to add or remove employees on a regular basis. For example, different doctors or nurses on different days.
In this category we include businesses that manufacture dangerous chemicals, or that have heavy machinery on the grounds. You could also include businesses that are inventing proprietary items. This is an example of a business where we would recommend access control at the entrance so everyone entering the building is validated and supposed to be there. Especially in the case of larger industrial businesses with hundreds of employees.
Years ago we probably would not have included schools on this list, unfortunately, in today’s world these institutions are becoming more and more of a target. Access control integration in a CCTV system could help protect both student and faculty.
Four Walls Security: The Experts on CCTV Access Control
Let’s face it, in today’s world, security is not an option. Fortunately, it’s what we do. If you’re interested in discussing access control integration into a new or existing CCTV system, Four Walls Security is here to help. Contact us for a free, no obligation quote today.