What Is Access Control and Why Is It Important?

If you own or manage commercial property, you have likely considered adding access control to your security portfolio before. However, you may have some questions about what access control is and how it benefits your business. Read on to learn more. 

What Is Access Control?

Access control is a security feature that regulates the flow of traffic into, and sometimes out of, an area. Some companies also incorporate access control into their computing software to regulate who has access to different types of information based on their credentials. 

Access is usually controlled by an automated system that recognizes specific data, such as access cards, access codes, or even biometrics. However, many companies also provide some level of control to security personnel who can override the system and permit or deny access based on unique conditions they are trained to recognize.

Why Is It Important?

Access control is important because it enhances security at a place of business. In fact, every business could benefit from access control. For example, though it is not ideal for a restaurant or the front entrance to a retail store, it does help to limit access to back areas that customers should not enter.

Access control also helps commercial property managers to attract higher clientele from industries where restricted access is considered a necessity. These clients typically play handsome rents, whether they live or work on your property. Here are just a few you should keep in mind: 

  • Insurance companies
  • Federal agencies
  • Law firms
  • Banks

Access control is also worth considering if there is an increased risk of criminal activity in your area, or on your property, whether this is just trespassing or as serious as terrorism. This is especially a concern for banks, federal buildings and skyscrapers. 

In short, access control helps you to create a safer place of business. This helps to safeguard not just your tenants, but your property. Contact Fire Protection, Inc. at 435-954-7958 for more information.