No matter the size of a commercial facility, government agency, or financial institution, security is a must. Being able to rest easy knowing that data, information, and other important sectors of a business are completely protected is important, and for years access control systems have been incorporated into buildings in order to ensure that information stays safe. And just as the methods used to store information have improved over the years, the advancements made in technology have also helped to improve access control systems in a big way.
Today, engineering and maintenance managers are utilizing facility wide access control systems that rely on improved technology for higher levels of security with less work. A good, well-designed, properly utilized system can actually reduce the overall cost of operating and maintaining access control systems, improving every aspect of the set up. These new systems eliminate the key based systems of old while standardizing all hardware for a more uniform setup, and are well worth a look.
There are a few things that need to be considered when thinking about a technology upgrade, and the biggest one to remember is that an access control system isn't the sole component responsible for keeping security at its best. They actually rely on numerous other components to keep working properly - essentially piggybacking on other building components within the structure. A perfect example is that of the facility doors.
Even the most cutting edge access control system will still be limited by the capabilities and strength of the doors it is linked to. The access control may ensure that access is limited through exterior or interior doors, but the fact is that if the door and the door hardware aren't working properly, the access control system may not work the way it should. A primary example here is that of doors that don't close fully, essentially rendering an access control system useless. Building managers need to inspect, test, maintain, and even replace doors within a property as needed to ensure that all doors on the access control system are working properly or the new technology is a wasted investment.
Door sagging due to the hinge is one of the most common issues heavy exterior doors end up suffering from. Repeated use on door hinges can place them under stress and lead to sag. This sag is often minimal, but if it grows too great the door won't be able to close fully. This leads to a major security issue since a door that doesn't fully close won't allow its security lock to engage, rendering access control systems useless. Managers need to schedule regular inspections and maintenance of doors, with lubrication and adjustment taking front and center.
There are also hinges that are designed to eliminate the issue of sagging. Known as continuous geared hinges, these hinges eliminate the problem of sagging by spreading the stresses over the full height of the door instead of placing that same amount of stress on two or three hinge points.
In short, when upgrading to new technology in an access control system it is imperative that property or security managers take the time to make sure that every aspect of the system is equally up to the task. Doors are the main barriers that enhance security, and as a result it's a must that they are up to the task. Regular maintenance will help keep any access control system working properly. It's a simple enough process to set up regular door maintenance and inspections, but something that will have a big impact on a building's security. Technology keeps improving every aspect of access control, but sometimes some good, old fashioned maintenance is a must as well.