An Introduction to IP Access Control
Access Control is an integral part of any security system, and thanks to rapid improvements in network technology, they are now becoming easier to use and integrate than ever before. One popular form of Access Control is IP Access Control. But what’s so great about this latest form, and why are so many offices opting for it?
IP Access Control systems are, at their most basic level, very similar to traditional Access Control; they identify users and grant or deny them access to certain entry points according to the permissions and protocols specified in the local server. They usually do this via Ethernet connection to a specific network created for the access control system.
IP Access Control are different from traditional access control systems, however, in that they are connected directly to your existing Local Area Network (LAN) and get power over Ethernet. This makes them easier and simpler to set up and allows them to track all data necessary for controlling and monitoring access points and locks.
IP Access Control can be accessed from any computer on the network as opposed to traditional access control, which can only be managed from the server itself.
Benefits of IP Access Control
IP Access Control systems are beneficial and often superior to traditional access control, for several reasons.
It’s Easier and Cheaper to Install
Because IP Access Control runs off your existing network, there’s no need to install separate wiring or networks. This eliminates a lot of potential physical maintenance and labor and cuts down on much of the installation cost. Just connect it to your existing internet connection and it’s ready to go.
Increasing the number of devices and access points in the network is simple with IP access control systems, as you can add more devices simply by connecting more devices to the network. There is no limit to the number of IP access controllers you can add to the network and building large access control systems is easy – unlike with regular access control systems.
Types of IP Access Control
IP Access Control systems can be one of a few different types and can even use more than one in a single system.
The most common form is Embedded IP Access, which is an inexpensive, quick, easy-to-install solution for operating a low number of doors and access points. Embedded IP Access stores credentials and data on a single control panel, which is directly connected to the browser, and are usually hosted on a single site.
Server-based IP Access can operate more access points and websites than Embedded IP Access, allowing for more scalability and more advanced security. It stores all the necessary information on the server, which manages multiple control panels, and is linked to the by the browser.
The third type, Hosted IP Access, on the other hand, can control and access thousands of websites in various locations, with multiple control panels. It features its own backups and security features on its own server, with redundant and dispersed backups. Hosted IP Access allows for the greatest scalability of all IP Access systems, and the most security and effective backups
Switching to an IP-based Access Control system can simplify your business’ security procedures, allow for more flexibility in the future, and save your business a significant amount of money. If you have questions about access control or just want to learn more, Safe and Sound can help. Give us a call today.