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Top 10 Questions & Answers About Access Control

What Is Access Control?

Simply put, access control means you’re in the driving seat in terms of who has access to your building. It’s likely that in day to day life you’ve used an access system somewhere, for example when entering an office building, or at the airport when going through security. They’re popular in all types of commercial properties because of the level of control they allow the proprietors of places, and can be used to restrict some rooms, or entire buildings.

Why Is Access Control Important?

Access control is important for the safety of the people within the building, and to protect items against theft. Not only can they act as a physical barrier to prevent unwanted visitors from taking things, but they can also have a psychological effect. Showing a potential thief that you’re serious about your security will mean that they think twice before trying to gain access!

What Types Of Access Control Are Available?

There are many different types of access control available, which are designed with cohesive systems to suit any business – regardless of size, budget and day to day logistics. There are two main types of access control that break down into the varying products:

Physical Access Control

Physical access control can include items such as barriers and turnstiles. They restrict who can and cannot enter a space, oftentimes by means of ID such as signing in cards, fobs etc.

Logical Access Control

Think of logical access control as digital solutions. For example, this might be only allowing certain people at a business access to computer files or data (which is particularly important in light of the renewed GDPR laws).  

How Do Access Control Systems Work?

This is absolutely dependent on the systems that you choose for your building! Sometimes you might choose multiple levels of access control that work in tandem with one another; for example, if you opt for physical access control with a gate, you might also consider CCTV to keep you covered in the event that someone does manage to breach the security.

How Much Will A Fully Integrated Access Control System Cost?

It’s difficult to give an estimate as to how much an access control might cost, due to the varying needs that all businesses might have. For example, a heritage property is likely to require an entirely different set-up to a fulfilment warehouse, and therefore the cost to either business is likely to be very different.

When you’re considering an access system for your building, it can be tough to know where to begin, especially if you’re unsure yourself where to even start. Tag Systems provide a variety of packages to suit any business – the best thing to do is to get in touch with the team for a free consultation on 01427 666111 or email

Do I Need Electronic Access Control?

Electronic access control encompasses most of the forms suggested above. They work by storing data on who has come into your building, whether that’s by means of keycard access, CCTV or biometrics. They’re a popular option for many businesses, as they are tamper proof – physical solutions such as reinforced doors and gate can still be broken into, whereas there is little chance of this with an electronic access system.

Do I Need CCTV Access Control?

This can be dependent on the type of business you run, by we can put together solutions for any type of business. If you have any type of goods that you believe might be prone to theft once your employees have gone home (for example, on a building site) then CCTV is strongly encouraged.

It’s important that f your levels of physical access control are breached, then CCTV will at least be able to provide images of the perpetrators to the police so that they can work on finding them after the event.

What Is A Fob Access System?

Fobs are a commonplace level of access control that you’ve likely encountered before. They work by transmitting small radio frequencies to a reader, which will then open the gates or doors that they are connected to. While they are a low cost option, they add little value in terms of keeping unwanted intruders out, as the fobs can easily be lost or stolen.

What Is Biometric Access Control?

Biometric access control is a means of physical recognition of an individual to allow them access to a place. In fact, it’s likely that you use a biometric access system most days if you have an iPhone with thumbprint recognition enabled! Biometrics systems can include either behavioural (gait and voice recognition) or physiological (iris identification, finger print etc) and are brilliant for ensuring that your security is watertight.

This type of control system limits the chances of stolen or lost keycard passes or fobs.