Whether your small business is new or you have had it for a long time, there is a possibility that you have never even considered an electronic access control system. You might not have the first idea how to use an access control system for a small business. Is an access control system a good investment for a small business? In many cases, the answer is a resounding “yes.”
What Is an Access Control System?
An access control system is the modern replacement for the old lock-and-key system for gaining entry. With the system in place, you can lock any door so that only those with the proper access control device can pass through. This device can take a number of different forms. It can be a card you swipe or pass over the access reader, it can be a fob that the person wishing to gain entry carries on their person, which is then read by the reader, or it can even be a biometric reader that scans a fingerprint or the retina.
You can set the system so certain people may have access to some areas but not others, you can change who has what access in the system, and the system can establish a record of exactly who attempts to access any area and at what time.
Do Small Businesses Need Access Control Systems?
Now that you know what an access control system is, you may wonder if you really need it. Perhaps access control seems like the province of giant banks with fortunes to protect or government buildings with state secrets hidden behind their doors. The fact is, however, that more and more businesses of all sizes are taking advantage of access control technology.
If you’re a small business that’s just starting up, you’re not in a position where you can take a lot of theft losses. Unfortunately, you probably also have a lot of new employees, and unless they are all members of your family, you cannot yet be 100 percent sure whether or not they are trustworthy.
With a good access control system, you can tailor your security to the level of trust you have in your employees, allowing your more trusted employees full or slightly limited access while restricting the access of the new employees to just the areas where they need to work.
Can a Small Business Afford an Access Control System?
The other reason why many small businesses are looking into access control systems is that they can be quite affordable. Security technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the last few decades, and you can benefit with an access control and security system that is both functional and affordable.
Your alarm company can tailor your system to come up with something that both protects you and fits into your budget. Such an access control system can easily pay for itself in the first year with the theft it deters.
Learn More About Electronic Access Control Systems Today With Wayne Alarm Systems
If your small business is located in Massachusetts or the greater New England area, we can talk to you about setting up an access control system that fits the needs of your business today. At Wayne Alarm, our system not only allows you to completely control access for all your employees anywhere in your facility, but also links your access control system to your video surveillance system. This way, you can see who is attempting access at any time for heightened security.
We can even help you create a digital map containing icons to show you what level of access each door has been set to and who is passing through those doors at any given time. Anytime you need to, you can create a custom report that gives you a complete breakdown of who has been where and when — even when you are not around.
Security is important for all businesses, and perhaps even more important for small businesses that have more to lose than the big companies. Access control is not a far-off trend of the future, either — it is a modern security solution you can and should take advantage of as a small business owner.
Let us work with you to design the perfect access control system and other security measures to meet your needs today. Give us a call at 781-595-000 or contact us online now to get started.