Access Control Systems allow system owners to control who goes where and when on their commercial premises. The essential purpose of an access control system is to provide fast, user friendly access to areas of a premises to authorized personnel while simultaneously restricting access to those without authorization.
This type of system can be easily configured to automatically lock or unlock doors at specific times. Access control is the only technology that is designed specifically with a view to making it almost impossible for unauthorized individuals to gain access to a building or commercial premises.
Individuals can be identified through the use of:
- Cards/fobs on proximity reading devices
- Biometric fingerprint readers
- Unique PIN codes on electronic keypads
Data gathered by these systems allows system owners to monitor the access to controlled areas and the times of access. In the event of a security breach, systems can also send automated emails to selected staff members containing all available data relevant to the incident. In the event of an emergency, access control systems can be configured to automatically open all managed doors so that personnel have quick and uninhibited access to exit the building.
There are three primary functions of access control systems:
- Security – allows access to authorized personnel only
- Time and attendance – records and reports on personnel attendance for payroll purposes.
- Fire Muster reporting (fire roll call) – provides an accurate view of all personnel on site in event of fire or emergency.
The latest innovations in this specialist area (including integration with audio and video entry systems) have seen the development of cloud based technology with management tools that can be accessed through most web browsers.
Many access control systems also allow for easy configuration and management of cardholder and door groups. More advanced reporting on log events, time/attendance and absenteeism is all now readily available.
Wireless versions of the access control systems are widely available and have the benefit of reduced installation time. At truemic Fire & Security, we have considerable experience in implementing and supporting these systems.
Truemic Fire & Security are certified by National Standard for Fire detection and alarm systems.
At truemic Fire & Security we are committed to ensuring that all of our customers choose Fire alarm systems that are most suitable for their particular needs. We have a depth of industry experience which enables us to help you make the right choice.
Whether you are considering a conventional, addressable or wireless fire alarm system please be aware that maintenance of these systems is required to ensure compliance with the Irish Fire Standard the systems must be tested on site upto four times per year.
The Responsible Person is the person having control of the building and/or premises, whether as occupier or otherwise, or any person delegated by the person having control of the premises to be responsible for the fire alarm system and the fire procedures.
Conventional fire alarm system
A conventional fire alarm system would typically be used by small retailers and in medium sized buildings – these systems have traditionally provided an affordable means of detecting fire and smoke. Numerous detectors can be installed on zones, when a detector is triggered the fire alarm control panel will indicate which zone has been triggered, giving you or the fire brigade an indication of the area of activation.
Truemic Fire & Security can integrate conventional fire alarm systems with other fire alarm panels on your site or install communication devices which are monitored
Addressable fire alarm system
Addressable fire alarm systems provide a more technologically advanced alternative to conventional fire alarm systems. These systems have the capability to operate with precision in large buildings such as apartment blocks and major commercial and industrial premises. With recent advances in system development we have seen addressable Systems become much more cost effective and a viable option for many industrial and commercial enterprises.
The result of this ongoing development and commitment to innovation from leading providers are now:
- Inexpensive to cable
- Easier to operate
- More accurate in detecting actual fire locations
Each smoke detector or device has it’s own unique identifying code. If the device activates the system recognises this straight away, and displays this clearly on the system’s admin interface. Many addressable systems also can have interfaces on pagers which are carried and utilised by security and maintenance staff. It is this type of clean, user friendly functionality that makes current addressable systems a great fit for many Irish businesses.
Open protocol v closed protocol
Something else that business owners should take into consideration when choosing a fire alarm system is flexibility in terms of integration, support, maintenance and future development. In fire alarm manufacturing we have two protocols (a ‘protocol’ is simply the language that two electronic devices use to communicate with each other) i.e. Open and Closed.
A manufacturer of devices which use closed protocols is ensuring that all related equipment (panels, interfaces, detectors…etc) which may be needed for integration into their system will work perfectly within their own product range. If, however, we try to integrate equipment from another manufacturer into this system then we are likely to have integration and operational difficulties.
A manufacturer of open protocol systems and components is developing products with a view to seamless integration with systems and components made by other manufacturers.
Every business with an existing CCTV system running over coaxial cables is in a great position to affordably upgrade to a state of the art HD/IP system with minimum installation time and disruption. Innovation in the field of IP Cameras has transformed camera capabilities to deliver a quality of video footage that was unimaginable just a few short years ago.
A really striking comparison that we can all relate to in terms of devices we use everyday is identifiable in our mobile phones and the kind of technology and functionality which now comes as standard in them. Compare, for a minute, the quality of picture taken by the camera on your current mobile phone (android or iphone) to the quality of picture your old mobile phone from five years ago would have delivered. As we all know, the quality of high definition image produced by today’s camera phones is very different to the grainy images that we would have been used to seeing on our mobile phones in the very recent past.
Similarly, the quality of CCTV image delivered by a HD/IP system running over existing coaxial cables is massively superior to the images that would have been delivered by an analogue system running through those same coaxial cables. A very attractive benefit of the simple retrofit process which allows us achieve HD quality over existing coaxial cables is that we are still using the same cabling that your low resolution analogue cameras are currently connected to – the obvious difference being that the upgraded system will now deliver all of the benefits that we automatically associate with high resolution IP cameras i.e. images that are far superior to those that the legacy analogue system was capable of producing.
For a business that is setting up CCTV for the first time (one that has no current system in place) then HD/IP would be our recommendation. For businesses where there are existing analogue systems in place then we would, without hesitation, recommend upgrading to a HD/IP system by going through the retrofit process as described above.
One system that we, at truemic Fire & Security, like to implement for the type of retrofit we have described here is the truemic Turbo HD solution. Customers of ours have found it to be a flexible, high quality system which works extremely well over existing coaxial cables. The following short video gives a further explanation of the associated benefits of the retrofit and the simplicity and efficiency of the process itself: