Individuals and business owners may wonder why they should consider upgrading from their traditional access control system to one that is IP-based. When a person presents their credentials to either type of system reader, IP controllers validate these credentials. The system then grants or denies the individual access to the selected area. Nevertheless, there are key differences between the two systems that a person should know of before making this important decision.
A traditional access control system relies on dedicated wiring to ensure individual components can communicate. When upgrading to an IP access control system, a person will find these components communicate with the help of a network rather than wiring.
A business owner won’t know what is happening on the premises if they make use of a traditional access control system. With an IP-based system, however, they can manage the system remotely with the help of their mobile device and a secure internet browser. In addition, they can monitor and control the system regardless of where they are with the help of this technology.
An IP-based system provides each device connected to the system with a unique IP address. Other devices within the system can then send packets of data to that unique address using a network or Wi-Fi, and this communication is bi-directional. This means multiple devices can exchange data, which isn’t possible with a conventional access control system.
Improved Data Collection and Analysis
When a traditional access control system is used, the system pulls data from individual components. However, an additional step must be taken before this data can be used. A security team would need to process the incoming information, which can be of concern when time is of the essence.
Switching to an IP-based system eliminates this step. The system tracks all data related to access control. This allows security teams to see all access control activity in one location and make informed decisions based on this data.
The one drawback to an IP-based system is it does require a network to function. This network must provide the bandwidth needed to handle the complex devices connected to the system. These devices will be used for more than access control, and this needs to be considered when choosing a system. The network might need to be upgraded to accommodate it. In addition, it must be able to prioritize traffic to ensure access control features work when they are needed.
Furthermore, the network must have security measures in place. No business wants to find its access control system has been hacked. Robust security features reduce the risk of this happening.
Power Supply Concerns
To take a traditional access control system down, a criminal would only need to cut power to the system. This isn’t difficult to do in many cases. Making the switch to a system that is IP-based can eliminate this concern.
The network the system is connected to provides the power needed to run devices. When a power failure occurs, a back-up power supply can activate and supply power until the grid is restored. However, the business owner should learn about local fire regulations and power-over-internet devices to ensure the company remains in compliance with these regulations.
With so many benefits associated with IP-based access control systems, this is one option every business should consider. Work with a reputable provider when researching these systems to ensure all information provided is accurate. If a system is purchased, the provider will also ensure it is ideal for the company’s needs.