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Building Products March 2018

COMMERCIAL commercial offices, it is crucial to understand the benefits the latest systems can bring and to select a solution that is appropriate for the needs of the building owners and managers, the size and complexity of the site as well as the budget. Specifiers should address the compatibility of software from all parties involved and select a partner that not only offers specialist knowledge, but also offers the product range and capability to secure the building to the highest possible standards. www.dormakaba.co.uk MARCH 2018 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 57 properties that require zone-based security. Access can be tailored for different persons or groups and for specific areas or rooms. In addition, these systems can also record the movement of building occupants – allowing the data to be used for audit, traceability and potential compliance purposes. The flexibility of these cloud based solutions also enables organisations to plan, personalise and future-proof their access systems. As businesses evolve and personnel change, users can revoke or extend access privileges with ease. Some systems also incorporate functions that allow the end client to manage access rights for visitors and staff remotely via their mobile devices – making these systems truly accessible regardless. Furthermore, security levels can be adjusted by time of day. For example, security can be enhanced outside of office hours by automatically requiring a pin number entry alongside the badge or key presence – reducing the risk of unauthorised access. Making the right choice When specifying an access management system for a commercial office, it is important to talk to companies, which can provide a variety of solutions. This will ensure that the system chosen will be fit for purpose depending on the size and scale of the building as well as the primary requirements of the end client. Clearly for many – there are budget constraints. Specifying a system that does not require dedicated software, or a server on site, reduces initial capex. It also helps to remove the issue of software compatibility – when trying to operate within an existing I.T. infrastructure. To ensure a lower initial investment cost, it may seem attractive to invest in what appears as the most cost-effective solution on paper. However, it is important to consider the long-term benefits an access control system can bring, such as futureproofing the installation to ensure systems will be forward compatible. In addition, best practice means identifying companies and products that have certification to the relevant BS or EN standards, such as EN 60839. This is especially important when looking to install in line with guidelines set in place by the National Security Inspectorate and the International Organisation for Standardisation. Access control and door security has, and continues to evolve. When specifying for Hybrid options offer an integrated approach


Building Products March 2018
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