Introducing access control

We at Clay understand it might be a little paralyzing to get to know all the ins and outs when it comes to securing your business, especially when you are not familiar with the exciting (but relatively new) world of (cloud based) access control.

That’s why we would like to help you by answering the most frequently asked questions when it comes to owning and maintaining an access control system.

Read on and find out how you can benefit!

What is an access control system? An access control system let’s you manage and monitor who goes where and at what time within an organization, based on credentials. This can mean entry or access to doors / locks, but also coffee machines, printers and much more depending on your business type. Access control systems provide important data like the occupancy of your spaces, lock events, alarms and everything connecting to access points.

For example, imagine you are a coworking space owner. Your access control tool SALTO KS notifies you there are meeting rooms in your coworking space that have not been booked for two weeks. Now you can cancel the cleaners that come twice every week and save some money!

Why would you choose to purchase and implement an access control system? Owning an access control system means you can instantly grant access for people you want, from wherever you are, and restrict or block those who are not authorized to enter your location. Whether it’s a coworking space, student housing, a private residence or an office. With an access control system, you can get rid of your front desk, or allow your receptionist to focus on what matters most in your business.

What are the components of an access control system?

  • Door locks: SALTO locks can go on any door in the world, however unusual the door may be. SALTO offers a broad range of hardware, making smart access to any door possible; such as Escutcheons for meeting rooms, Cylinders for main entry doors, post boxes, Wall readers for the gates.

  • Tag / Card A tag is a physical device (contactless key fob) that works based on RFID. Whether it be a card, fob, wristband or a tag, with a built-in secured chip, an opening can be triggered by directly presenting the hardware token to the lock. A hardware token replaces that ring of keys, and grants designated access to users which can be customers, employees or even cleaning services whenever it’s appropriate for them to enter.

  • IQ IQ, the central hub of your system, receives all changes and settings from your application and ensures that all locks are updated within seconds. The IQ serves as the brain of your System, connects the wireless locks to the cloud and can be extended by adding additional repeaters if needed.

  • Mobile app & web interface A mobile app and a web interface allow you to manage access to your locations. All the hardware listed above will be managed via an app/ web interface. This can either be a custom integration of access control, where you can enjoy your own user interface or a ready built solution like SALTO KS. The first option can be a custom-built access control app or an integration into your existing app. The second option is an out-of-the-box one that can immediately be used after purchase. Both allow you to define who goes where and when in a building, create access groups, manage users and view entries to properties.

Seven of the many benefits of an installed access control system:

  • Ready-built software

  • Control who goes where and when

  • Remotely open any door, from anywhere

  • Trained and certified hardware installer network worldwide

  • View door activity and receive activity messages on your phone

  • No need to replace a lock if keys are lost or stolen. Simply block the tags and assign new ones.

  • Use all information from your access control system to improve your business and enjoy significant cost savings.

An access control system is an important investment for your business. Hopefully this blog post clarifies what an investment like this entails and how it can be an asset to your business.

Want to learn more about SALTO hardware? Read our previous post about SALTO hardware or get in touch to learn more about how we can integrate smart locks into your organization!