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3 Reasons Your Building Needs Front Door Access Control

In the past, access to a building was controlled by exchanging keys with someone at the front desk. This practice is outdated and inefficient. In addition, it leaves key-holders vulnerable. The answer is front door access control systems, which eliminate the need for keys and provide a multitude of other benefits as well.

Here are three reasons your building needs a front door access control system.

1. It Eliminates the Need for Keys

The need to pass keys back and forth can be time-consuming, especially in large buildings with multiple tenants, employees, and visitors. It opens up the possibility of keys being copied or stolen, posing serious risks to all parties involved. In addition, keys may be lost or duplicated without proper approval, leading to improper access and security risks.

With a modern access control system, there is no need to exchange physical keys at all. Instead, a building simply installs an entry door lock connected to a keypad in the lobby area. Employees and visitors can access the building and their respective floors by entering a personal access code. Anyone who is allowed to enter the building will already have been added to an approved list, either by name or as part of a group with specific levels of authorization.

2. It Offers Improved Security

Front door access control systems can store all of the information on each user on a network computer. This information can be quite detailed, including picture identification, locations of previous entries and exits, and even biometric measurements. From the moment an employee or visitor enters the building until they leave, their actions are tracked by both video surveillance and the access control system. In the event of a break-in or other security issue, building management can quickly review video footage and access records to determine exactly who is responsible.

3. Providing Greater Convenience With Front Door Access Control Systems

Sophisticated security systems are also convenient for employees and visitors alike. With advanced keypad entry systems, each user is assigned a unique code that works across any access point in the building. Instead of carrying around an ID card or trying to locate someone at the front desk, people can enter their codes from any location on their floor. This makes it quick and easy to enter the building, even while carrying items. In addition, access control systems can be tied in with other security systems such as fire alarms or Carbon Monoxide detectors for faster response times from security staff.

Building managers should consider updating their access systems to modern ones. While the initial investment may seem high (the cost of modern intercom systems ranges from $1,500 to $6,000), it quickly pays for itself through improved security and convenience. As a bonus, this cutting-edge technology, such as biometric entry systems, further improves security while streamlining the user experience.

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