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Considerations when choosing an access control system

  • STANLEY Security

When implementing a new access control system there are several factors to consider that will affect the complexity and cost of the solution.

The questions below will help you to think about what you may need, and our access control team will be happy to discuss these further with you.

In this blog, we will cover:

  • Questions to ask yourself when choosing the right access control system
  • How to select the right access control technology for your business
  • What are the next steps when choosing your access control system?

Let’s get started…

What questions to ask when choosing the right access control system?


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Do you need an on-premises, cloud-hosted or managed cloud access control solution?

On-premises access control system consists of a physical server and connected computer on the business premises

Cloud-hosted access control system enables features accessed remotely through a web browser via a smartphone or tablet. 

Managed cloud access control involves a monitoring centre providing real-time building access and fully managing your access control remotely. 

Have you defined your access control processes to comply with the UK Government guidelines?

HM Government UK Advice:

UK Government guidelines outline the steps we must take to ensure our businesses and places of work are COVID-secure:




Think about the monitoring of occupancy levels in your building, offices or site

  • Do you have defined limits to the maximum number of people in an area and are there controls on the doors to each area?
  • How many doors do you need to secure?
  • How many people will need authorised access to your premises?
  • What is the approximate square footage of your premises?

One-way routes for employee social distancing

  • Do you have defined limits to the maximum number of people in an area and are there controls on the doors to each area?
  • How many doors do you need to secure?
  • How many people will need authorised access to your premises?

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Entrance routes

  • Will you need to add external barriers, gates or turnstiles to your access control system?
  • Do you have existing entrances that need to be added to the new system?
  • Have you considered the control of entrances to on-site car parks?
  • Can you have separate access routes or entrances for visitors and contractors to reduce congestion?

Do you need to update your existing security access devices such as keypads or passes to be touchless to comply with government guidelines?

The latest access touch-free systems now incorporate facial recognition technology in place of keypads, swipe cards or tags.  They incorporate temperature measurement and even facemask detection, denying entry to those who have an elevated temperature or are not wearing a mask where they are required to do so.


Will you require the access control system to integrate with other existing systems, such as CCTV or intruder detection systems?

Integrating your access control security onto one security platform makes for a more cohesive, efficient system. 


Can you have staggered arrival and departure times at work to reduce the number of people going in and out of the workplace at one time?

  • Do you have shift times, site rules, or work patterns already defined?

What features and hardware do you require?

Do you need visitor, contractor or delivery intercoms and video points?


Don’t worry if this list seems overwhelming at first. We are here to help you define the best access control solution for your business that will align with the UK Government coronavirus guidelines and enable you to have a secure, healthy and efficient business.

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Selecting the right access control technology

There are many ways that access control can enable your business to operate safely. This includes preventing unauthorised access to specific areas, implementing one-way routes throughout a building, ensuring touchless access and detecting high temperatures and compliance with facemask wearing.

Access control Touchless access control systems

Touchless Access control proximity systems, Bluetooth and biometric and facial recognition can reduce contact and therefore, potential transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Visitors to your business can move through authorised areas on the premises without the need to touch a door or physical keys, and preventing the spread of the virus. 


Access ControlTemperature and mask screening

Thermal cameras with mask detection software can identify individuals with elevated temperatures who may be carrying COVID-19 and identify those who may not be wearing a mask. Stop and scan or walk through solutions can be quickly installed in key access points to help businesses provide a safe environment for staff, customers or visitors.



Access ControlBuilding flow management

Site occupancy management solutions can help maintain a safe volume of people in your business premises, in line with government social distancing policies. Solutions such as PAC access control can be used to control the one-way flow of traffic in your building and control the number of people on-site to help meet social distancing guidelines to limit the spread of coronavirus and other germs.



remote monitoringRemote security management 

Solutions such as remote security monitoring and remote gatehouses can enable your business to be securely monitored through the cloud to provide social distancing and support remote working practices. Your business can be monitored 24x7 without the need for on-site security guards or patrols.

Solutions such as Remote Guard combine intercoms, CCTV, access control and security monitoring to remotely perform traditional security tasks such as visitor validation and area lockdowns, while supporting social distancing guidance and reducing the numbers of security staff on site.

What are the next steps when choosing the best access control system for your business?

STANLEY Security offers many different types of access control solutions, tailored to meet your business health and safety needs and budget, for small-to-medium businesses to large multi-national enterprises.

Our access control solution team will be happy to talk you through the options that are best for your business and answer any questions you may have.

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Tuesday, 18 May 2021