Finding a cost effective building access control system

building access control To determine whether a product or service is cost effective for your home and business, you need to analyse the outlay, including all purchase, VAT, servicing, staffing and maintenance costs, compared to tangible benefits that the product or service can bring. It is often difficult to determine whether a product and, in particular, a service, will have a financial return in relation to outlay. When looking to purchase and install a building access control system, many factors need to be taken into consideration to decide which is the most cost effective solution for your needs.

What is a building access control system?

A building access control system is any scheme which restricts entry into a premises, using traditional access points such as doors, gates and barriers. There are many different types of building access control solutions, which include;

  • Standalone access control used to regulate independent doors in a building, by keypad, proximity token or swipe card.
  • Computer controlled building access control. Also called networked or internet control, the entire system is monitored and controlled by one central computer hub. Many access points can be controlled together and information can be quickly updated. Users are given cards, fobs or passwords to operate each lock.
  • Biometric access control. This is becoming increasingly popular and offers a very secure solution. The system works on an individual’s identity, such as a fingerprint, rather than a password or electronic device being given out.
  • Remotely controlled systems which can be operated from mobile electronic devices.

business-security-systemsWays in which a building access control system can save you money

There are many ways that improving your building’s access control can save money. Some of these savings will be created immediately, whilst others will develop over longer periods of time.

  • Insurance premiums will very quickly be lowered when the security in a building is improved. This is because the likelihood of claims being submitted will be reduced.
  • Installing building access control can replace costly 24 hour security or the need for reception staff to be contained to a certain area. Employee time and efficiency can, therefore, be maximised.
  • Access control acts as a deterrent to opportunist theft and employee internal theft, which can lose businesses a large amount of money each year.
  • By improving security, your customers will feel more secure and valued when on site. The knock on effect of positive word-of-mouth recommendations is invaluable to building a business, expanding client base and selling products.

The best way to work out how much money a new building access control system will save you is to research quotes from a range of companies. Ensure that there are no hidden installation or servicing fees. You then need to work out the amount different kinds of solution will offer, by checking your insurance policy, working out staff wages and putting a tangible monetary figure on improvements to customer and employee care.

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