Keeping your business secure is an essential but often costly expense; with new technologies emerging, there are more and more ways to keep costs down.
One of the best methods is implementing Web-Based Access Control, which is a way of securing doors, locations, and sites with an internet connection.
In this quick guide, we will be covering the following areas to help you understand Web-Based Access Control and answer some of the most common questions.
- What is Web-Based Access Control?
- Key components of Web-Based Access Control
- How does Web-Based Access Control Work?
- What are the benefits of Web-Based Access Control?
- What industries can benefit from Web-Based Access Control?
What's in this Guide?
What is Web-Based Access Control?
A Web-Based Access Control system uses Internet Protocols (IP) to send data via your network, which not only makes it more straightforward but also means you can secure multiple locations with one system.
Unlike traditional security systems, which are often manually operated onsite and via a local area network (LAN), Web-Based Access Control systems are controlled, managed, and updated through your company’s internet network.
Access Control has become a significant trend in recent years, and you would struggle to find a business or organisation that doesn’t have some form of access management system in place.
Web-Based Access Control is a step further, using a Web-Based interface to manage your system, avoiding costly and complicated software installations onsite.
There are a wide variety of benefits that these systems have over Client Based or traditional solutions, which we will look at shortly.
Key components of Web-Based Access Control
Despite what some people might think, Web-Based Access Control is different from Cloud-Based Access Control. Technically speaking, all Cloud-Based systems are IP-Based, but not all Web-Based systems are Cloud-Based.
As alluded to previously, Web-Based Access Control has some core components, which we’ll briefly look at below.
It is Controlled via Internet Connection – as opposed to an onsite server with installed software that traditional Access Control systems use.
Doesn’t use LAN – improved security is a bi-product of a Web-Based Access Control system as it doesn’t use a Local Area Network.
Has the Ability to Control Multiple Sites – due to being connected via the internet, a Web-Based system can manage and control multiple locations and sites from one internet browser user interface.
Still Works if There are Internet Shutdowns – most systems will not run into any issues when there is an internet outage; this varies with the providers.
Often Only Needs the Initial Installation – a significant difference to traditional systems is that Web-Based systems do not need onsite manual updates.
Does Not Require Extensive IT Knowledge, Maintenance, or Support – unlike other systems, Web-Based control is simple to use and has a short learning curve.
How does Web-Based Access Control work?
As the name suggests, Web-Based Access Control uses the web, or internet, to transfer data.
An Internet Browser User Interface is linked to Control Panels, which in turn are connected to Access Control Doors via the internet. This gives the user a way to manage, control, and monitor the whole system’s security, who is accessing the doors, and keep an eye out for irregularities.
Web-Based Access Control works with an internet connection, linking up your different doors or locks to create one multi-site network controlled by a user interface (an internet-connected device).
As we’ve seen in the section above, Web-Based systems have many different benefits and the ability to work for a lot of companies in multiple industries and niches.
This is different from the other Access Control types, which can use Bluetooth or Near Field Communication (NFC) to control devices. You may have seen this technology when using a key fob to open a gate (Bluetooth) or contactless payments (NFC).
What are the benefits of Web-Based Access Control?
Access Control that is operated via the internet allows your company to gain a range of practical benefits in both the short-term and the future.
Benefits of Web-Based Access Control
Easily Scalable – the system can be implemented over a range of different sites with relative ease and is controlled via the internet.
Remote System Access & Management – this means it can be managed anywhere you have a connection to the internet.
Flexible Installation – installing a Web-Based system is very flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Straightforward Set-Up – depending on the system you choose, the set-up can be incredibly easy and doesn’t require advanced IT knowledge.
Cost-Efficient Option – this comes in a few different ways, from reducing maintenance to IT cost, using traditional power outlets, and not having on-site servers.
Reduction of Reliance on Traditional Methods – as technology improves, we tend to move away from older methods favoring updated and more reliable choices such as Web-Based systems.
Multiple Locations Can be Managed Remotely – on a secure network, and you can control many sites, doors, locations, and properties from one centralised system.
Labour and Cabling Cost Reduced – with a much less complex system, you can save money and labour by utilising Web-Based Access Control.
Can be Installed in Historic Buildings – due to low impact install, you don’t need to worry about affecting buildings of historical significance, listed buildings, or protected structures.
Power over Ethernet (PoE) Connections Can be Used – this means you can use a direct network connection and a single cable for power and data.
These are just some of the reasons that companies pick Web-Based Access Control for their security systems. Each company will have to weigh up the factors that are most pertinent to their security.
What industries can benefit from Web-Based Access Control?
A Web-Based Access Control system can be used in a broad range of industries; as it stands, there’s no real core industry as it can be helpful for companies of any size, any industry.
With that being said, the more sites you need to secure, the more benefit you’ll see from having a Web-Based Access Control system in place.
These Web-Based systems are a gateway to more connected and reliable security infrastructure. Regardless of your business’s size or the industry you are in, using Web-Based Access Control can help alleviate some of your security woes.
Some examples of industries that could benefit from Web-Based Access Control in their operations are:
- Transportation & Logistics
- Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCGs)
- Entertainment (Film/TV)
- Holiday or Rental Sites
- Restaurants & Fast Food
- Alcohol or Breweries
These are just a few industries that can benefit from implementing Web-Based Access Control, and by no means is a definitive list.