Access Control Systems are designed to allow
authorised personnel to enter designated areas and to prohibit unauthorised visitors. There are ways and means of doing this, access control technologies allow a different number of approaches to be taken. Systems allow codes, cards, tags, biological elements or human behavioural traits to be used to identify authorised personnel.
All Access Control Systems allow personnel through a locked physical obstruction, which may be a Turnstile, Traffic Barrier, Rising Kerb, Gate or a Door Locking System. authorised access releases the lock for a pre- determined time and once the time has elapsed the door locks again. These systems on large sites multi user sites are P.C. based for administration and for user log reference purposes, many of these systems offer many features such Muster Reporting for health and safety issues, Anti Passback, History Reports, plus many other useful features to track personnel around your site.
Many businesses and service providers will need to ensure that their sites do not offer any obstacle to persons with disabilities. This means that where access is required everyone should have equal opportunity to access the building, if authorised to do so.
All Access Control devices such as readers, keypads and door entry systems need to be accessible and usable to all. If a site falls within the grouping covered by the Act and has a system that make life difficult for persons with a disability they might end up breaching the law. The final stage of the DDA Act comes into force on 1st October 2004.