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Access Control

What we do

Electronic access control systems provide the most efficient and convenient way of securing your building and assets.

Prestige are approved installers of access control systems. We work with leading brands to bring you the very latest in security technologies, including two of the leading manufacturers, ACT and Paxton.

We offer 3 different types of access control systems to suit every requirement. Our systems are backwards compatible, scalable, and flexible.

Networked access control

Standalone access control

door entry

Also known as network admission control, networked access control system is a security system that manages access to a building or facility using a computer network. The system typically consists of a central computer, access control software, and a network of access control devices, such as card readers, keypads, or biometric scanners, that are installed at entry points throughout the facility.

A stand-alone access control system is a security system that manages access to a single door or a small number of doors without the need for a computer network. It typically consists of a control panel, a reader, and a locking mechanism.

Door entry provides access to specific areas within a building. It typically consists of a device or set of devices installed at an entrance or access point, such as a door, gate, or turnstile, that restricts access until an authorised credential is presented.

Access Control System Installation

Following an assessment of your premises, we will discuss your security requirements with you and create a custom designed access control system based on your individual needs. Our assessment includes investigation of the number of people that require access, the number of doors to be covered, the type of premises and contents, the intended hours of operation and any needs for remote access and networking.

We highly recommend working with licensed installers when installing your access control systems, as a professional team can get the work done with minimal disruption to your business. Working with a team of professionals also ensures that we know exactly how your access control systems work, so that we can easily maintain them when they are due their annual service.

Access Control System Servicing

As well as installing access control systems, Prestige offers access control servicing and maintenance in the Cambridge area. Access control systems should be serviced annually to ensure they continue to work as they should, and you don’t get locked out! Our control system maintenance includes:

  • Checking that the function and performance of your access control system and its equipment conforms to that laid down in the specification.
  • Visually and electronically checking of all circuits, connections, and contacts for signs of deterioration to minimise the risk of system failure.
  • Checking that all standby battery power supplies operate and recharge correctly, to confirm that the system will operate satisfactorily in the event of a mains power loss.
  • Checking all audible and visual warning devices operate correctly when activated.
  • Checking the operation of all door retainers and in the event of an emergency ensuring that everything is fully operational.

FAqs

Access control security is a security system that is designed to manage and control access to a physical space, such as a building, room, or facility. The goal of access control security is to ensure that only authorised personnel are granted entry to secure areas, while preventing unauthorised access and enhancing the overall security of the facility.

Access control security systems use various methods to control access, such as access cards, biometric identification, or PIN codes. When an authorised user presents their credential, the access control system verifies it against a database of authorised users and grants access if the credential is valid.

Unauthorised users are denied access or may trigger an alarm, alerting security personnel to a potential security breach.

Access control security systems can be integrated with other security systems, such as surveillance cameras, intrusion detection, or intercoms, to provide a comprehensive security solution for a facility. This allows security personnel to monitor access activity and respond quickly to any potential security threats.

Access control security is widely used in various settings, including government buildings, airports, hospitals, and industrial facilities, as well as commercial and residential buildings. It is an important component of overall security and helps to protect people and property from potential security breaches.

There are several reasons why you might need an access control system for your business or facility.

Here are some of the most common:

  1. Enhanced Security: Access control systems provide a higher level of security than traditional locks and keys. They can be programmed to allow only authorised personnel to enter certain areas, and can also track who is entering and leaving those areas. This helps to prevent unauthorised access and can also help to deter theft and other criminal activity.
  2. Convenience: Access control systems can be more convenient than traditional locks and keys, especially for larger facilities or businesses. Instead of having to distribute and manage keys for every door or area, access control systems allow you to manage access through a centralised system. You can also easily add or remove access for employees or visitors as needed.
  3. Compliance: Some industries or facilities are required by law to have access control systems in place, such as healthcare facilities or data centres. An access control system can help ensure that your business or facility is in compliance with any relevant regulations or standards.
  4. Cost Savings: Access control systems can help to save money in the long run by reducing the need for re-keying locks or replacing lost keys. They can also help to reduce the risk of theft or damage to property, which can result in costly insurance claims.
  5. Peace of Mind: Knowing that your business or facility is secure and protected can provide peace of mind for both you and your employees. Access control systems can help to prevent security breaches and can also provide a record of access activity in case of any incidents or investigations.

Overall, an access control system can provide a number of benefits for your business or facility, including enhanced security, convenience, compliance, cost savings, and peace of mind.

The frequency of access control system maintenance depends on various factors such as the type of system, usage level, and environment. Generally, it is recommended to have a professional maintenance check performed on access control systems at least once a year to ensure that they are functioning correctly.

Here are some of the factors that can affect how often an access control system should be serviced:

  1. Usage Level: If the access control system is used frequently, it may require more frequent maintenance checks to ensure that all components are working properly.
  2. Environment: If the access control system is exposed to harsh environments, such as extreme temperatures, moisture, or dust, it may require more frequent maintenance checks to ensure that all components are protected from damage.
  3. Type of System: Different types of access control systems may have different maintenance requirements. For example, biometric access control systems may require more frequent maintenance checks to ensure that the biometric readers are accurately capturing and verifying user data.
  4. Manufacturer Recommendations: The manufacturer of the access control system may provide specific maintenance recommendations based on the system’s design and features.

In addition to annual maintenance checks, it is also important to address any issues or malfunctions with the access control system as soon as possible to prevent further damage or security breaches. Regular cleaning and testing of the system can also help to ensure that it is functioning properly and can prevent potential problems before they occur.

A networked access control system is a security system that manages access to a building or facility using a computer network. The system typically consists of a central computer, access control software, and a network of access control devices, such as card readers, keypads, or biometric scanners, that are installed at entry points throughout the facility.

With a networked access control system, authorized individuals can gain access to specific areas of a building or facility by presenting a valid access credential, such as a card, code, or biometric identifier. The system verifies the credential against a database of authorized users and grants access if the credential is valid.

One of the main advantages of a networked access control system is the ability to centrally manage access to multiple doors and areas from a single location. This allows administrators to easily add or remove users, change access permissions, and monitor access activity in real-time.

Another advantage of a networked access control system is that it can integrate with other security systems, such as CCTV cameras or alarm systems, to provide a comprehensive security solution for a facility.

Networked access control systems are commonly used in commercial and industrial settings, such as office buildings, hospitals, and manufacturing facilities, to manage access to sensitive areas and protect assets and personnel.

A stand-alone access control system is a security system that manages access to a single door or a small number of doors without the need for a computer network. It typically consists of a control panel, a reader, and a locking mechanism.

With a stand-alone access control system, users present an access credential, such as a card or code, to the reader at the door. The control panel then verifies the credential and sends a signal to the locking mechanism to unlock the door if the credential is valid.

Stand-alone access control systems are often used in smaller facilities or in situations where there is only a single door that needs to be secured. They are simple to install and operate, and do not require a network or complex software. They also tend to be more affordable than networked access control systems.

One potential disadvantage of stand-alone access control systems is that they are not connected to a central database or monitoring system, so it can be difficult to track access activity or manage access permissions for multiple users. They are also less scalable than networked systems, which can make them less suitable for larger facilities or those with changing access requirements.

Overall, stand-alone access control systems can be an effective and affordable solution for smaller facilities or situations where only a single door needs to be secured.

A door entry system is a security system that allows people to control access to a building or specific areas within a building. It typically consists of a device or set of devices installed at an entrance or access point, such as a door, gate, or turnstile, that restricts access until an authorised credential is presented.

Door entry systems can use various types of credentials for access control, including key cards, access codes, biometric data, or a combination of these. When an authorised credential is presented, the system verifies it against a database of authorised users and allows entry if the credential is valid.

Door entry systems can also include features like intercoms, video cameras, or other communication devices that allow the user to communicate with the person seeking entry before granting access.

Door entry systems can be stand-alone or integrated with other security systems, such as access control or CCTV systems, to provide a comprehensive security solution for a facility. They are commonly used in residential, commercial, and industrial settings to control access to buildings, rooms, or specific areas, and to protect property and people from unauthorized access.

Overall, door entry systems provide a convenient and effective way to control access to a building or specific areas within a building, while also enhancing security and peace of mind.

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