When it comes to choosing an access control system for your business, it is a decision that deserves attention and careful consideration. After all, it will be the barrier keeping you and your employees safe and should keep out any unwanted visitors. However, thanks to advancements in technology, we are now seeing more systems than ever before and there is a long-standing argument that roars on; wired or wireless? Here, we will address this issue as well as giving you some tips and considerations when choosing the right system for your small business.
Wired v Wireless
This debate is one that fills many areas of technology and access control systems are no different; in truth, there are pros and cons to both. For example, one large consideration will be the size of your building. If you have one floor or a shop, a wireless system may be the best way to go. However, if your business stretches over a vast warehouse or any other type of large building, a wireless system may not be useful due to the limited range.
Furthermore, you also need to consider how much money you have to invest in this system because a wired option can be expensive. The cable itself will be a costly initial outlay and then if any repairs are required, this is another problem. On the other hand, a wired setup is less likely to fail due to ‘connection issues’ and will not be interrupted at any point. In addition to this, all doors can be monitored and access can be changed in just a few seconds.
Of course, wireless systems offer small businesses an opportunity to get around red tape because they won’t require any permission. If you wanted to choose a wired system but are leasing your property, this could lead to some issues and it some cases it may not be possible at all. Wireless control systems are also cheaper and whilst money is important for every business, the hit of a wired system will be a lot harder if you are just starting out.
These are some key considerations and ultimately, there is no universal ‘best solution’ as it can vary from business to business. As soon as you realize the needs of your business, you can sit down and evaluate each option to see which is better for you and your employees. After deciding, there is also another consideration - fob or card?
Key Fob v Key Card
As always, there are pros and cons to both. First, key fobs on one hand are more durable and can be easily hooked onto a lanyard or set of keys. However, they are the more expensive option and they do not offer any space for a photo. On the flip side, key cards will succumb to wear and tear after being kept in wallets, purses and pockets. Yet, they do have space for a photo and are generally cheaper to produce. Both options will provide easy to use access for employees and easy to replace options for employers providing a great solution to any access control system.
There are many options when choosing an access control system but in the end, it comes down to the wants and needs of your business! Take the time to consider how your business handles employees and guest on a daily basis as well as what areas you need restricted. Once you have a game plan in place, call a few local access control installation companies for a site review. During your site review make sure to ask questions and get an understanding of how the system will work with your unique company and building layout. Remember, price is important, but trust and knowledge go a lot further.
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