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Code Access Control System

A code access control system restricts access to a home or business to those who have the security code or PIN number. All other individuals are kept out.

A code access control system is an important aspect of many modern businesses. For some businesses, such as those under contract with the government, itís required by law that they have some form of access control system.

Code access control systems are popular with institutions that need to secure many doors around the facilityís premises and may also have gates to deal with. The systems they employ are frequently large and networked, including several buildings, parking lot gates and more. However, a code access control system can also be highly effective in a residence, where one or two electronic keypads are used to secure the doors and possibly garage of the house.

A code access control system provides a simple, easy to use way to control who is allowed into a home, business or parking facility. Another reason code access control systems are so popular is that they eliminate the need to hunt down keys, whether digging through a purse or trying to track down keys that former employees may have had in their possession.

Code Access Control Systems for Businesses and Residences

A residential code access control system will be considerably less expensive and also smaller than a commercial-grade, networked system. Many vendors specialize in either commercial or residential access control, as each entails different knowledge and skills sets. Businesses seeking a code access control system would do well to research local vendors who have worked with companies similar to theirs in the past.

Smaller, residential installations may only need to secure the front door and the garage. Some will include the back door, any entrances along the side of the house and a front gate. For these, electronic keypads are convenient to operate and provide excellent security. It is also possible to only install keypads on some doors, simply leaving others locked. Keys for the locked doors can be given to anyone who does not have the access code.

Businesses can install a code access control system over their entire facility, on every door and in the parking lot, or can choose a smaller system for one area of the building, such as a server room or main entry. Small systems that cover four to eight doors can often be expanded if the business wishes to restrict access to more locations in the future. Large, networked systems can generally be operated from a central computer.

Features that may be available to benefit businesses include timing, which allows users to set times when a specific door will lock and unlock, such as the main entrance customers use during business hours. Tracking is another feature that may come with a computerized code access control system, and it allows users to check reports on when the system was used. To get the most out of this function each employee must have a different access code. Some systems focus more on tracking than restricting access to monitor when employees punch in and out. Template layouts are a feature that creates a blueprint of the facility on a computer, allowing users to change permissions for various doors by clicking on the graphic.

Other features include battery back-up, which ensures the code access control system remains up and running in the event of a power outage that cuts the electric, which would leave the system down. Intercoms are popular in residences, apartment buildings and businesses. Telephone-entry technology is another way to incorporate voice communication into the code access control system, and is especially popular in apartment buildings. Businesses may also have locks that can be electronically controlled by the security system, unlocking automatically when the PIN or code is entered on the keypad.

When it comes to vehicle access, residences have the option to put a code access control system on a garage, a gate or both. Businesses typically make use of some type of gate that either slides or swings open.

Purchasing a Code Access Control System

Before purchasing a code access control system, it is important to know how big the system needs to be, how many doors, garages or gates will be included, and what features will be required. Itís also necessary to know what the system will have to connect to, such as a monitored alarm system or CCTV (closed circuit television). Individual requirements should be discussed with the vendor.

If the code access control system will be connected to a computer, make sure the software is compatible with the computerís operating system. Some systems are designed to work only with certain versions of Windows.

These are all questions to discuss with a vendor, but the vendor will also have questions for the buyer. They may wish to walk through the building or ask for digital photographs of the entry points that will be protected. Most code access control system hardware is standardized, but the software usually isnít. Vendors generally provide more than one brand and type of system. If they understand the requirements they should have a good idea of what system is needed and know exactly how to install it.

The keypads and any accompanying computer software should be easy to use, and easily demonstrated before it is purchased.

Code access control system pricing varies greatly, so a good estimate is hard to arrive at without discussion with a vendor. However, small stand alone systems popular with many homes can be found for as low as $450, including installation. A simple software-controlled system can run around $1,000. Generally, the more doors that are added to the system, the lower the price per door.

A code access control system is a convenient method of providing security for a residence or business. There are many options to consider to suit individual needs, but once the right system is chosen and installed it can provide safety and peace of mind for many years.