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Taking Control of Access

Thursday, 26 September 2013  |  Codelocks Marketing

Today, the access control market is thriving with an ever widening choice of products now also available. This expansion has been fuelled by the increase in not only demand, but also legislation requiring access control of people moving through buildings, into restricted areas or access to stored products, records and equipment.

We know this because we’ve seen a steady increase in demand for our products year on year. We also conducted a research survey that looked at trends in access control.

The survey revealed that 57% of respondents needed more access control in their buildings today, compared to three years ago. The survey also revealed that the increased need for access control is not just for the protection of people, but also for the protection of belongings, equipment, hazardous materials and confidential information.

Many people referred to an increase in the level of threat from crime and see access control as a way to deter theft. Determine ‘at risk’ areas Access control products act as a “red light” and help to deter unauthorised entry in areas that need to be kept off limits. When new buildings are commissioned, it’s likely that all of the elements of access control are installed to work together in the most effective way. Where buildings have grown over time, access control is often added on at a later date and in some cases can be very out of date and costly to maintain.

Whatever the circumstances, access control should be considered as part of the overall site security plan and risk assessments should be carried out regularly. Part of the role of the facilities manager (FM) is to assess the different areas and prioritise them accordingly. This might be achieved with the help of a building control officer, who can also advise on regulations concerning fire doors and escape routes.