The Importance of Maintaining Access Control Systems

Access Control Systems

Access control systems can offer vital security control but they do require some level of maintenance.

There’s a lot that goes into making a building safe and secure, let alone keeping it that way for years to come. Access control systems are a fantastic way to secure a building because they require specific credentials from a user to gain access, but there is some maintenance work that must be done. Most building managers and system admins know that regular maintenance on the hardware must be performed, but some don’t realize what other kinds of maintenance they may want to consider.

Database Maintenance

Many systems use a database to keep track of who can enter and what privileges, doors and times are programmed for them.. That’s why keeping that database up-to-date is so important; not only is adding in new hires a must, but so is removing former employees as they leave. You may also need to track specific permissions that relate to things like promotions or demotions. If a facility has specific areas where certain kinds of credentials are needed, it may be necessary to update those credentials as needed. Be sure to get any key cards back as well.  Key cards act as “license plates” for the system, and they need to be managed, not like how most of treat hotel room keys (thrown away or left behind).

Proper Backups

Keeping backups of any such databases is necessary as well, as it can prevent you from having to manually re-enter a lot of information in the case of a system failure. Most people take advantage of creating backups monthly but if you have a higher turnover rate, it may be wise to do it more often than that even. Regardless, there should be some system in place so you always have a record of what your databases looked like.

Staying in the Know

As mentioned, most people already know the importance of maintaining any access control hardware, but it’s also critical that you become aware when such problems arise. Conduct regular reviews to make sure everything is as it should be. Additionally, staff should be encouraged to let someone know if they’re having any trouble when the access control system is first installed.

Get in Touch with FiberPlus

FiberPlus has been providing data communication solutions for over 25 years in the Mid Atlantic Region for a number of different markets. What began as a cable installation company for Local Area Networks has grown into a leading provider of innovative technology solutions improving the way our customers communicate and keeping them secure. Our solutions now include:

  •     Structured Cabling (inside and outside plant)
  •     Electronic Security Systems (Access Control & CCTV Solutions)
  •     Distributed Antenna Systems
  •     Public Safety DAS
  •     Audio/Video Services (Intercoms and Display Monitors)
  •     Support Services
  •     Specialty Systems
  •     Design/Build Services

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