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Retail. Office Parks. Medical Offices. Warehouses. Commercial buildings come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes with wildly different security needs. But even though a retail store and an office park are on opposite ends of the spectrum, they both need commercial building access control.

Commercial building access control restricts entry to only authorized persons. Think of at night when the merchandise is unattended in the store. If you’re still relying on just an old-fashioned lock and key, you need to upgrade, and fast. Commercial building access control keeps your business, your merchandise, and your employees safe from harm.

Let’s take a look at how you can choose the right access control system for your building.

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Level of Security Needed

Every building has unique security needs, even within industries. One office park may be home to relatively small businesses that work in hardware. The building still needs access control to prevent theft, but it might not need the same level of commercial building access control that a tenant who works with credit card information would need.

Building access control prevents a random bystander from coming into your office. This is especially important for businesses who work with sensitive information. Someone wandering into your office can lead to leakage of controlled data like credit card or social security numbers.

Based on what level of security you need your commercial building access control system can change drastically. Government buildings may want to control not only their entry points, but their building perimeters as well. Medlin partners with Axis Communications to provide products that use license plate identification to restrict access onto your building perimeters.

Retail stores need an extremely different type of security that allows customers into the store but prevents unpaid merchandise from leaving. Most people are familiar with this type of security. Oftentimes it comes in the form of doorway scanners that look for tags on the clothes.

 

Location

Where your building is located can drastically change what type of commercial building access control you need. For example, a government building sandwiched in a city block would find it hard to effectively deploy an access control solution to protect perimeters as they’re right up against the building.

Where your building is located can also affect the level of security you need. A retail store in a neighborhood that may not be so great will need better access control than one in a mall. But the opposite is also true. An area known for high quality stores could also be a target due to the increased value.

Remember to consider location when you’re choosing your commercial building access control. Do any entryways back up to high-traffic areas? Are there blind spots in the location of your surveillance cameras? How close are your neighboring buildings? Close enough that it could be more difficult to restrict their ability to come up to your building? What’s the crime rate where you’re located? If it’s higher, you may need to step up your security.

 

Number of Entryways

The more entryways you have, the more access control you’ll need. If you just restrict access on your front door, but your back door is wide open, then there’s no point in restricting the front door in the first place. All of your entryways need to have the ability to be selective about who comes and goes. Even for a retail store with customers coming in and out through the front door during the day- what about at night? Do you have a way to truly restrict access on the front door as well as the back?

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Do you need access control systems on perimeter entryways? Automated systems that can run license plates or use audiovisual identification will be much faster than having to manually buzz someone through a gate on their way to the building.

Consider commercial building access control measures for all of your entryways, not just the obvious ones.

 

Existing Systems

What existing systems do you have for your building? If you have surveillance cameras, you can often integrate your commercial building access control systems with your surveillance cameras to boost all around security. The more your building systems work together, the more secure your building will be.

System integration boosts your security by creating new means for restriction, identification, and alerts. For example, with systems integration your surveillance camera and access control system can work together to identify a known criminal. You can then receive an alert through your wireless network alerting you of the situation.

Examples like this show just how much systems integration can increase your security. An early alert system is often key when it comes to diffusing a threat.

 

Foot Traffic

What’s the foot traffic like at your location? Hospitals and retail stores often have higher foot traffic than, say a warehouse building. High foot traffic can have a large impact on your building access control. Customers and patients need to be able to move in and out, but your building still needs to be safe.

Commercial building access control doesn’t have to just be at the outer doors. You can allow foot traffic without comprising patient safety by having locked doors at each ward and control elevator and stairwell access with keycards.

 

Work with a Trusted Systems Integrator

Medlin Communications knows commercial building access control. We’ve installed access control systems for brands nationwide, from mid-sized businesses to national and regional brands. With our trusted process, your access control will go from nonexistent to done and your building from at risk to protected in just three simple steps.

Don’t wait. Talk to Medlin today about your building security.