Access control systems in one form or another have been with us since humans first walked the earth. From our distant ancestors clenched spear in hand ready to protect their dwellings they considered home, to less intimidating but equally effective modern day access control systems. Over the very flames our distant relatives first lit and told stories that warned of danger, today, fan the very flames of the cautionary ‘big bad monster’ stories we were read to as children. The need for security has long been engrained into our DNA, and this continues to be reinforced as we are bombarded by news stories on every hour warning us of the threats to our security.
…Some things never seem to change. Though unlike our distant cousins, at least our lives are more varied and we don’t have to spend all day long sharpening our spears. Our primal survival responses, now less physically demanding, have evolved to help us deal with challenges that are more surreptitious in nature. Instead, we can sharpen our senses using high-tech security systems to protect our territories that have now become our businesses, staff & assets. The need for such measures is perhaps more necessary than ever, as these alarming statistics indicate:
A report by the Federation of Small Business (FSB) revealed crimes against small firms costs more than £12bn annually. These figures don’t take into account lost time or cancellation of business plans. And figures released by The Office of National Statistics, says employee theft (excludes personal theft from co-workers) amounts to more than £190m per year.
Thanks to the continued technological progress & advancements in the security sector, a very strong arm has its hand firmly placed against the door in order to make your world a safer place. So the answer to this question is a resounding “No” but only if you take action and take advantage of the access control system technology available to you.
Access control systems range from stand-alone to software driven access control solutions that can integrate with other security measures, systems or software you may have in place. More advanced access control systems can assist or perform many of the functions you may hire security guards to do, taking the biggest slice of any security budget. To ensure you’re getting value for money, access control systems can be used to control & manage guard tour duties.
When we talk about access control systems, we tend to only think in terms of securing down the hatches while overlooking the enormous cost savings. As the above report indicates, we’re not just talking about business theft caused by unwanted intruders or psychological scars it can leave behind. No, it seems every business owner needs to give as much thought to internal security, as well as beyond the doors that face the outside world.
Terminology that has indeed brought confusion to many, but broadly speaking, ‘access control systems’ refers to systems that allow independent ‘access’ through doors and barriers etc. by those allowed to gain entry. ‘Door entry systems’ and here’s where the confusion is, since they often share the same door lock / barrier lifting system. The main element comprises a door intercom system used mostly by visitors. The receptionist is then able to press a button on their phone or desk to release the door, without the need to leave their workstation.
For clarity, because customers will sometimes use either terminology when searching for these products, in order to cover both terms, when we talk about ‘access control systems’ on this page, we do so in terms of benefits to your business and how they work in general. The term ‘door entry systems’ here on our website, is used to describe our products. The door entry systems link will take you to our products page.
And we’ve been doing that for the past 30 years. So we think we’re pretty sharp here at facetime when it comes to understanding our customers needs. So whether you’re looking for an “off the shelf fix” or a “tailor made solution”. Our long and varied experience in the time and attendance industry and our own development team, allows us to offer a unique software development service in order to fulfil your bespoke programming requirements, or specific reports you may require no matter how complex or individual they may be. Our ability and willingness to help you succeed, we believe, is the cornerstone of our success and keeps customers coming back time and time again.
Upon receiving your enquiry, we can arrange a free online software demonstration and a friendly informal discussion to ascertain your requirements. We’ll then send you a detailed quotation which will include our understanding of your expectations and what you require from our system. We offer onsite installation and software training or if you prefer, in some instances we can supply by mail order and provide remote installation and software training using online screen sharing & telephone support. With an average customer life span of 25 years, we hope our philosophy and approach will continue to create many more mutually beneficial relationships that will stand the test of time.
To keep service support costs under control, we can provide keenly priced support agreements to ensure you always get the most from your new time and attendance, door access control, fire roll call or job costing system for many years to come. Ongoing support is provided by telephone or our online screen sharing service. Site visits are all covered too under our comprehensive service cover agreements. And for customers who want ease of use from any location across multiple devices and automatic updates, we can offer SaaS (Software as a Service) using our own UK based secure cloud hosted servers. So call us today – we’ll always take the time to listen, help & support you.
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