Whether they are for your business or home, it is difficult to overstate the importance of locks and keys in our lives. That importance might come from the preciousness of what they protect, or the expense and uniqueness of a lock system designed specifically for your purpose. Locks and keys are the perfect example of adaptable technology. Two buildings may be radically different, based on size or occupancy or the value of what is held inside, but a lock and key system can be placed on the entry points of any building and accomplish the same goal. We don’t question their use, regardless of scenario, because they are necessary and time-tested.
And immediately, we are presented with their greatest drawback: essentially, the same technology used 4000 years ago is guarding your home or business today. Specific detail and design alterations have occurred, of course, and a modern, manual lock is effective and compact. But, its functionality remains largely unchanged. Sure, it works, but just how well can a 4000 year old technology perform, based on circumstance, in a fast-paced, tech-based world? Imagine if other technologies used the same logic…
With a large number of doors or other access points, or a great number of individuals needing access, a standard lock and key system can become unwieldy, as certain employees will need access to more locations than others, which can become a nightmare to administrate. Imagine a key being lost or stolen, or an employee neglecting to return the keys they were administered. The expense of replacing locks and reissuing keys, measured in both time and money, can be a major hassle. To get around this issue, often businesses will just leave their doors unlocked during operational hours, allowing access to every area for every individual present. This provides no way to limit access to the more sensitive areas and, worst of all, permits opportunistic theft. We’d like to think that all people are trustworthy, of course, especially our employees, but that simply isn’t always the case.
Electronic access control systems are an elegant solution, blending form and function to create a system tailored to specific needs, and suretyCAM is proud to offer Columbus, Ohio, and the surrounding area a particularly elegant example.
With a Paxton Access Control system from suretyCAM, you can be confident that your home or business is always secured, that you’ll have at your fingertips a number of slick, smart features that other systems like ADT Electronic Access Control can’t match—and a single, durable, lightweight token can replace every key you would ever need.
That’s right, one token. It can be programmed to unlock any combination of access points, specifically based on the individual who carries it. The tokens can be set to allow access at certain times of day as well, so only individuals who need access at that time will have it. Further, you’ll be able to keep an audit trail of who entered and when with the management software. Instant notifications can also be sent to your communication devices, alerting administrators when individuals attempt entry. So with all of these capabilities, how complicated is its use, you might ask?
Simply hold the token next to the sleek, low profile P-series Proximity Reader (pictured above) and the door is unlocked for a set period of time. Once the individual enters and closes the door, it locks again automatically. Forgetfulness can no longer leave your business unsecured. Easy as that. Then again, you may have expected such ease of use, after all, electronic access control systems aren’t terribly new, and we’ve all used key-cards at least at hotels, I’m sure. So what is the catch? You might wonder the administrative commitment, both in management and training. Just how complicated is it to program these tokens, you might ask?
To program the token, simply set it on top of the Net2 Desktop Reader (pictured above) plugged into the computer with the management software, and a few mouse-clicks and access settings later, you’ve added a user to your system. As a bonus, the management software is not limited to a single computer. With Paxton, a single software license can serve multiple computers, giving you the option to have more than one administrative station. It’s that convenient. So how much does this sort of technology cost? Exactly how expensive are these tokens, you might ask?
Industry standard for most access control tokens is upward of $10. suretyCAM offers these tokens for about $3.50 each, and if you or one of your employees lose one, or a token is stolen, its access can be instantly revoked at an administrating computer. No need to change locks. No worry over product or time loss. You have the guaranteed satisfaction of knowing precisely who can access areas of your building and the complete control to alter that whenever it is needed. To have the same control over manual keys, you’d probably need to be a wizard.
In addition, Paxton offers free software upgrades when they become available, so you know you will never have to pay extra to maintain a top-of-the-line system. And with the affordability of its components, these access control systems expertly installed by the professionals at suretyCAM offer a subtle scaling expense, making them a perfect option for your business, no matter if you want to secure a few doors or a few hundred. As your business grows, so can your system, with access points and tokens capable of being added and integrated quickly and easily, and with wireless management, your system can work where a wired control system might be too costly, or simply impossible to implement.
For an even greater sense of security, suretyCAM can integrate a professionally installed surveillance system and intercom with your access control, giving you instant communication and video of access events and attempted entries. And with the ability to integrate with an alarm system to automatically disarm when a valid programmed token unlocks your entry door, you can be certain that not only are you receiving the absolute best security for the best price, you are also streamlining your security process to require minimal administrative resources and keep your business growing and revenue flowing without interruption.
Contact the experts at suretyCAM with any questions or comments and find out how we can give your business the control and security it needs.