Security is a major concern in commercial buildings, apartments, and condominiums. Elevator access control systems add an additional and important layer of security to how someone accesses your building. The system allows you to control which floors can be accessed by the residents and/or visitors. Find out how such a system can benefit your building, enhance the security, and add more value.
How the System Helps You?
Anyone who manages the security of a building understands the benefits of an elevator access control system. Advanced systems integrate access control with elevator security and video surveillance. You can both monitor and control the access to the elevator and key points in the building. This also allows you to control access to specific floors and areas in your building.
Access Control for Server & Meeting Floors
Access control in commercial building is required not only to move office staff and visitors to the right floor, it is also an effective system to control access to floors with IT equipment such as servers. Thus, elevator access control systems can also be used to provide additional security for IT resources and data. The system allows you to restrict access to only authorized personnel. You can completely prevent unauthorized individuals from entering such floors. The system can also be used to limit access to meeting floors to prevent any security breaches or unwanted intrusions.
There are even other types of buildings that can benefit from an elevator access control system. This includes hospitals and nursing facilities. There are buildings where it is required to manage multiple elevators with different floors. Some buildings have a single elevator that services different floors. An access control system can be customized for all different types of buildings. It is up to you to configure whether your residents or employees have access to specific floors or all the floors.
Flexibility of Control
Advanced elevator control systems can also provide lots of flexibility in terms of how and when you want to control access. Examples include:
- You can allow standard access to specific floors during business hours and but restrict it to only authorized personnel during nighttime and/or weekends.
- You can allow access to employees to floors that correspond with their department. Gym and cafeteria floors can also be included in standard access. On the other hand, senior management, IT, and maintenance personnel can be allowed access to all the floors with time schedules for the maintenance personnel.
Access Control for Housing Structures
Integrating a smart card system into the elevator access control system can add additional level of security for tenants in high rise buildings. The cards can enable access to specific floors. For example, a tenant and their neighbors will be the only ones who can access a particular floor they reside on. This can work as an effective measure to prevent any chances of:
- Criminal activities
- Damage to property
An elevator access control system can work as a standalone system or you can integrate it into your building’s automation system. This can involve other systems such as surveillance and lighting to create a more comprehensive security and access control system.
Whether it is a residential or a commercial building, elevator access control systems can help increase safety, security, and efficiency. It can also allow you to keep track of the individuals who are present on different floors. You can configure it to be a standalone system, a monitored system, or integrate it with other safety and security systems. It offers lots of flexibility, convenience, and adds more value to your property.
Author is an experienced professional with decades of experience in the installation and maintenance of Commercial and Residential Elevators throughout Alberta and British Columbia. He specializes in different types of elevators including Stiltz Home Lifts, Vertech, Federal Elevators, Residential Dumbwaiters, and Commercial Handicapped Lifts among others.