feb 18 - 2022

Access Control System Installation in Maryland

A commercial access control system restricts unwanted access to areas providing businesses with more security at points of access.

Many businesses opt for surveillance and alarm systems but miss out on protecting their business at the point of entry. A commercial access control system restricts unwanted access to areas providing businesses with more security at points of access. While a surveillance system or alarm provides an important level of security, it is most effective after entry has already been made.

For an ideal integrated security system, access controls play an important role. It is not only a barrier to entry but the site of them can even be a deterrent for break-in attempts. They are great for use in gated entries, entryways, and areas that require increased security or compliance measures.

If you are looking to improve your security at points of entry, installing an access control system may be right for you. Continue reading to find out more about the process, or, feel free to contact us and speak with an experienced security technician. 


Types of Access control systems

When it comes to access control, organizations have options for how their systems are designed. Some will choose to have a simple system where anyone with the password/code can enter, while others will have more complex systems which will allow some individuals to access areas while limiting their access in other places.

Here are the common access control systems to consider:


Keypad Panels

A keypad will only require a PIN code for entry. No access car or credentials are required. This means anyone who obtains the code will be able to enter.


Swipe Card Access Control

Traditionally, these types of systems utilized magnetic stripe technology with the use of swipe cards to gain access. This provides a little more security than the keypads because an organization can control which cards can access which rooms (think hotel rooms). With the help of modern technology many organizations are now switching to smart card or proximity readers which has a very similar function but instead of swiping one can simply hold the card up to the panel.


Biometric Scanners

Biometric access control systems utilize biological data to allow access. This can come in the form of fingerprints, iris scans, facial recognition or other biometric identifiers. Once the biological data is stored, it can be used to provide access based on the permissions granted. 


Bluetooth Control Readers

A newer form of access control utilizes Bluetooth technology within smartphones. Now, instead of issuing keycards, fobs, or a universal pin, individuals can use their smart devices for access. These types of systems utilize proximity readers and special apps to allow access.


Remote Gate Access Control 

Unlike other forms of access control, remote access control requires another individual to allow access. This is most commonly used via an intercom system. Think about electronic gates or facilities that require you to be “buzzed” in. These are simple as they only require the press of a button. What makes them secure is that the button is inaccessible to the individual who wants access. 

With several different options in access control technology, organizations are able to implement a system that is just right to fit their needs. 


Choosing the Right Access Control System

Having choices to choose from is of great importance, but it can get a little overwhelming for organizations or individuals who aren’t security experts. Everyone wants to be be as secure as possible, but one also has to be practical with their access control systems. 

When looking for the right system, there are 3 factors to consider. 



How your organization will utilize the system is one of the biggest factors in determining which technologies to utilize. For example, a keypad system wouldn’t make sense for the individual rooms in a hotel. With new guests coming everyday, a hotel would need to reset the keypad passwords every day. Instead, they can simply reset and reassign key cards with ease.


Level of security

How secure do you need your facility or room to be? Some places have highly sensitive information and should only be accessed by a select few individuals. Risking someone stealing a keycard or discovering a keypad’s code is not an option. These places will require biometric access so no mistakes can be made. While on the other hand, a supply closet may only need a keypad entry. 



Like with most things, price matters. Every organization wants the best out of their security systems but those measures have to be within financial reason. 


When you think about access control implementation with these factors in mind, it makes the decision easier to make. However, remember that access control is only one part of an integrated security system. It’s important to think about how that system is designed when deciding the best way to install or upgrade your access control technology. 

For questions, help, or installation requests, contact our commercial security system installers. We have been helping organizations in Maryland and throughout the mid-Atlantic area with their cabling and security needs for over 20 years.

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