Access control to buildings are more and more common every day, and we find them in almost every space, either in government buildings, hospitals, sport centres, congresses, or at the office buildings and headquarters of a business.

The main interest of betting on the installation of access control systems is the one regarding safety and security, both of people and the building itself. In a technological world as today’s, security systems evolve quickly and offer more functions and higher level of integration. In fact, different security systems and subsystems work better if they behave as one single system able to respond to all the concrete risks of a facility and almost any sort of attack.

Besides limiting considerably the possibility of suffering some kind of intrusion, access control system are helpful when controlling the capacity of buildings, enhancing the experience and safety of all users and increasing the global security of the building. We must not forget that these modern accesses guarantee People with Reduced Mobility (PRM) free passage, since they are elements which erase the barriers.

Benefits of access control systems

Access control systems provide a wide set of added advantages to the company, which include:

  • The installation of access control systems prevents personnel and/or non-authorised vehicles from accessing areas exclusively designated for the company’s personnel, which is to say that anti-intrusion security is increased. However, it is possible to go further since, whether it is necessary, they allow the demarcation or restriction of access to a number of organisation members themselves, through the use of fingerprint or card readers. As a matter of fact, many are the companies that have incorporated fingerprint readers in their facilities, gathering in this way information in real time on their employees’ entry and exit time, as well as data regarding their access to demarcated and controlled areas, such as warehouses or offices.
  • Capacity control. Thanks to the installation of access control systems at the entrance of buildings, it is possible to have higher control over both personnel and clients’ entries and exits. This way, the real capacity of centres can be complied with, and we are helping security personnel facing possible robberies or issues. On the other hand, count systems that can be installed, besides ensuring security, will help companies at the fulfilling of a more exact calculation of the volume of clients and average spending they carry out, according to the time they remain within the establishment.
  • Higher safety in case of emergency. Possessing exact information and in real time on the number of people that remain within the facility when facing an emergency is vitally important for the management of a possible evacuation.
  • Increased productivity. Having real information on the employees’ activity (precise entry and exit time, breaks, average time of permanence in warehouses, etc.), more corrective and serious measures can be taken in case it becomes necessary.
  • Competitiveness and image. Thanks to access control systems, time devoted to capacity and security management is reduced. Also, more precise information on employees and clients can be gathered, which can give rise to the enhancement of quality in the provision of services. Besides, the installation of such access systems provide as an added value for the company a touch of sophistication, modernity and safety.

Models of access controls

There is a variety of models with regard to access control:

Access control corridors with concealed panels (Express Gate). They are composed of an elegant piece of furniture which acts as a bracket for the sliding glass panels, safety photoelectric cells, access control readers, as well as Manusa exclusive system for panel opening.

Access control corridors with swing panels (Slim Gate). Glass panels are swing panels, which implies space-saving in the composition of the supporting furniture. They stand out for their security, high comfort level and strictest design.

Turnstiles (Trio Gate). They are the safest and most classical form of protecting restricted access areas. They are composed of rotating blades anchored in furniture.

Swing Gate. They can be combined with other devices such as turnstiles and passageways in order to provide the facility with an access adapted to special needs.

– Rotor turnstiles (Spin Gate), with several heights, as it goes for the rest of systems, and with the possibility of being equipped with fingerprint or card readers, amongst others, as well as they can be equipped with monitoring systems aimed to gather data in real time on accesses and capacity in case it was required.

In the end, access control systems in a company might increase notably its benefit and reputation margins. But it is no doubt that one of the highest advantages these installations offer is the help and support when carrying out the tracking of one or different zones, demarcating its use to anyone who has no authorisation to that effect, as well as increasing notably safety level for those users who are within the facilities.