Set security goals and priorities
Before getting started in selecting products or discussing installation details, an access control installer should first help you map out a high-level access control plan. You’ll first work together to discuss and determine the highest points of concern in your building, as well as any unique vulnerabilities such as spaces with minimal physical security or a limited IT or security team. Points of interest on your property may include elevators, garages or parking lots, or rooms that require special authorization to access.
From there, an access control security system installer can plan out specific solutions around your building, including where access control components will need to be installed, in the form of detailed blueprints. If you’re unsure if parts of your access control system will meet certain building codes, your access control contractor can work with you in confirming compliance with any local or federal regulations necessary.
Choose hardware and software options
An access control system installer can determine the right software and hardware you’ll be using to manage and track your security. If you’d prefer to have on-site servers managed and maintained directly by your organization, an on-premise software solution may be best. Properties that require high levels of security like offices for the federal government and large financial institutions may even require an on-premise solution. Just as the name implies, an on-premise server requires your organization to host the physical servers on one property, making your IT team responsible for maintaining and updating this system. If you’re in need of an access control solution across multiple properties, you will need a separate server installed there.
If you’d like more flexibility and convenience, you may want to opt for a cloud-based solution. Unlike on-premise software, the cloud doesn’t depend on a physical server, allowing you to scale your security system as your organization grows or your security needs change. With a cloud-based solution, the hardware is just as scalable as the software, allowing you to deploy readers and wireless locks on any single door and connect them to your cloud-based server as needed. If you’re unsure which software is right for you, a commercial access control installer can walk you through the pros and cons of each option.
In regard to access control hardware, there are plenty of options out there to accomplish specific security goals you may have. Hardware doesn’t have to be focused on just securing your property, either—it can create a more optimized and transparent system that allows you to make better-informed decisions about your property’s security. Smart readers, keyless mobile access, keypads, and intercom systems are among the hardware choices an access control installer can assist you in deciding upon and deploying.
Customize the system to fit your needs
Access control shouldn’t be one size fits all—every organization and business is different, with varying physical security needs. Access control installation companies should be suggesting systems and solutions that can be tailored to fit the unique circumstances of each deployment. For properties that may desire more robust lockdown or emergency solutions, such as school campuses or large event venues, access control vendors can assist in implementing custom lockdown features and alerts that are triggered automatically.
For a scalable access control solution that can be modified and customized to your business, look for software with an open API and modular hardware options that can easily support changing door density. This allows for greater flexibility in establishing custom system configurations and integrations that help your organization run more efficiently. Openpath’s open API framework allows for easy and straightforward integration with the systems and services you already use or are looking to implement—including video management systems, tenant and visitor management platforms, identity services, wireless locks, and more. With the open standards, all of your systems can connect and work together in exchanging data, creating more efficient security and providing your organization with valuable analytics of how your organization is using your security measures. Openpath is also backward compatible, meaning you can use Openpath alongside existing access control and legacy security systems. An electronic access control device installer can help you modernize your building with Openpath’s cloud-based technology while still utilizing the systems and apps you already have in place.
Upkeep and maintain your systems and products
Once you get your access control system up and running, there may be ongoing maintenance and upkeep responsibilities. Access control installation services are here to assist you well after the installation is complete—they can provide you with valuable knowledge in regard to maintenance processes, and will assist you in any upkeep or repairs your system needs. Examples of future maintenance may include a routine visual inspection of your system and hardware, an inspection or update for your software, and a battery power supply check.
Keep in mind that maintenance will look different for every system and organization. The type of software and hardware you end up choosing will require different levels of maintenance and upkeep. With a cloud-based system like Openpath, any maintenance like software updates or patches will not require any additional in-person service since Openpath updates it instantly through the cloud.
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