While keyed-entry locks such as your typical deadbolt offer a security measure that can't be over-looked, there are definate drawbacks to a typical mechanical device when it comes securing your building and whatever may be contained inside. While protecting against would-be thieves, another benefit of using locks are to maintain control over who is able to enter what areas, and depending on who has keys, what times as well. Imagine though, if one of these keys were to become lost or duplicated without the knowledge of the people in charge of security. This would present a situation that could become not only inconvenient, but financially devastating as well.
With the incorporation of a keypad door lock into your building access system, several added layers of security can further help prevent unwanted intrusions and keep track of your employees actions.
Using a keypad entry device allows you to assign a unique passcode to an individual. This passcode is then tied into a database that stores a variety of information. From a simple yes/no level of permissions such as the authorization to unlock a door, to accesses that are defined by a set of parameters such as time, date, or specific location, keypad door locks are quickly gaining a reputation as a staple in business security solutions.
An added benefit to using a keypad entry system is the ability to log access requests for review, as well as being able to instantly turn-off permissions in the event that a code becomes compromised or during employee separation processes. When using an analog key, copies may have already been made or lost unbeknownst to those in management, or even the keyholder. Another point of interest for many would be the physical layer of security that a keypad may offer. Since a typical BAS is housed inside of a secured site with the keypad on the exterior, no amount of vandalism will allow the door to unlock or for an individual to gain access to the database since the device itself is a passive piece of equipment. Even in the event that a keypad is damaged, the security of your building is still assured.
Additional measures can also be utilized as well. Some of these added layers of security can be as simple as "doubling-up" with keypad access as well as a deadbolt, or even using a proximity card reader.
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