Have you ever wondered how advanced locksmiths have become today? We all know locksmiths know everything about traditional lock and key systems, but are they capable of installing more modern security systems? Spoiler alert: yes, locksmiths can indeed install more advanced security systems, one of which is what is called an access control system.
An access control system is commonly applied to large properties such as commercial properties in order to increase security. Locksmiths are able to install these systems. However, you might be wondering what access control systems are. If so, keep on reading because, in this article, we’ll be talking all about them.
What Is An Access Control System?
First, let’s discuss what an access control system is. An access control system manages the flow of authorisation in entering and exiting a building 24 hours a day, while also restricting access to those which are unauthorised. Personnel may be granted access by the system through access cards, fobs, pin codes, or even biometrics specifically programmed to allow or restrict them in certain locations.
The Different Types Of Access Control Systems
Access control systems are commonly classified into three types: Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), Discretionary Access Control (DAC) and Mandatory Access Control (MAC). These systems differ in the way they are managed and the features that they come with. Continue reading below to learn more about each of these systems:
1). Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
RBAC systems are becoming increasingly popular systems nowadays. These systems are relatively straightforward because they function by assigning permissions to specific job titles, which cuts down on the time needed to set up or change user access. When employees get promoted, you then need to give them credentials for the new role so that they can be granted appropriate access by the system.
2). Discretionary Access Control (DAC)
With a DAC system, the owner of the company can decide how many people will be authorised to enter and exit a specific location. Each access control point will have a list of these authorised people where the system will be able to read the person’s access card, pin, or fingerprint to grant access or not.
DAC systems are quite flexible and offer the most number of allowances compared to the other access control systems. However, since it’s a bit more flexible it is sometimes regarded as being less secure than the other types of systems. Because one person has total control over the system, they might grant access to someone who should not have access.
3). Mandatory Access Control (MAC)
MAC systems are recognised as the most secure type of access control systems given that only owners and custodians have access. All the access control settings are already preset by a system administrator that can’t be changed without their permission.
Instead of having an access list at each point of entry like in a DAC system, a MAC system classifies all users and grants them access to areas based on the programming of the system. Because of this, MAC systems are the strictest and most secure access control systems.
However, MAC systems are inflexible since changes need to be approved by the system administrator. As such, MAC systems are usually installed in companies or agencies that need the highest levels of security.
The Benefits of Access Control Systems
Access control systems come with a wide array of benefits. Some of these benefits include the following:
- You will have complete control over who can and cannot enter your premises.
- Security is granted for employees, valuable assets, and important information.
- Access can be restricted to a particular area of the premises.
- Movement can be tracked through the collected data.
- Access control systems can be integrated with other types of security systems.
- Crime can be prevented.
- Information for auditing, time, and attendance can be saved.
- You can remotely manage and control access.
And, of course, the most important benefit is that the access control system will be installed by a licenced security technician or locksmith. With their knowledge and expertise, they’ll be sure to deliver an effective security experience for you.
Access control systems are becoming rapidly popular security systems, especially for large establishments and properties. They are generally classified into three types: Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), Discretionary Access Control (DAC) and Mandatory Access Control (MAC). These systems come with many benefits, but the best is that they can be installed by licenced locksmiths who will extend their services as much as possible to deliver the best security experience you can get.
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