Electronic Access Control (EAC) is a common and essential tool for many businesses. For a good reason: Access control can provide security for staff, merchandise, sensitive material, and more. For some businesses, it can even be a necessity.
Let’s look deeper at what access control is and why it’s important.
A Breakdown on Electronic Access Control
EAC is an electronic system that lets an authorized person gain access to an entry, be it a building or a cabinet. It can be an independent system or a companion integrated into a larger security system.
A programmer can set up access by such methods as:
Building-level EAC often uses a code that someone inputs on a keypad. Many people use this method of EAC to secure their offices and homes.
Some advanced facilities, such as research labs, use biometric identification for EAC. A biometric device scans a person’s fingerprint, eye, face, or other unique physical traits to grant access.
Other forms of EAC, notably Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID), use specially tagged keycards, fobs, or other accessories to gain access to an electronically secured entry. Senseon® Secure Access, a concealed cabinet locking system, is an example of standalone RFID access control.
The Problem of the Traditional Lock & Key:
The traditional lock-and-key may be a standard security tool, but it has many vulnerabilities:
- A key-holder can duplicate a key without a manager’s knowledge.
- A key-holder can unlock an entry whenever he chooses.
- There is often no audit trail of who accessed a locked entry when and where.
- A lost or stolen key forces a key manager to replace all related locks and keys.
This leads us to…
The Advantages of Electronic Access Control
EAC offers a lot of benefits over a traditional lock-and-key setup, such as:
- Greater Control: EAC can give a manager greater control over who, when, and how a person can access an entry.
- Tracking Access: EAC can also track who accessed an entry and when.
- Remote Authorization: A manager can grant approval remotely for someone to access an entry.
- Overcoming Human Error: Some EAC systems can automatically re-lock an entry after a certain period of time—useful in case a person forgets to secure that entry.
- Seamless Integration: Some EAC systems seamlessly integrate into appliances, cabinetry, and other electronic systems, enhancing security without interrupting functionality or design.
Government agencies or regulatory boards even mandate that some types of facilities, as in healthcare, have some form of EAC to receive certification or funding.