Access control systems are an efficient way to provide security for your facility. They're one of many tools that allow businesses and organisations alike to save time by eliminating the need for manual approvals while also ensuring only authorised people have access rights.

If you are looking for the most appropriate access control systems for your business or organisation, then you have come to the right place. Here at Advanced Living Solutions, we have a number of different options to help bolster your security through the use of access control systems. Please get in touch with us today to learn more.

What Is An Access Control System?

An access control system is designed to control access to a property. It could be a commercial building, a residential building, a hotel, a retail store, a utility facility or any other kind of building where proper access control is needed.

There are a variety of access control systems including electronic proximity access systems, multi-door systems, app control systems and various others.

Benefits of Access Control Systems

There are several advantages to investing in an access control system. It gives you a lot more control. If you are still using physical keys for controlling access to your property, here are a few reasons why you should switch to an access control system now:

No risk of losing keys — With an access control system, you don’t have keys which means there is no risk of losing them.

Keep an audit trail — With an access control system, you get a complete audit trail allowing you to see who has gained entry to the property and at what time. This is simply not possible with physical keys.

Easy management — With an access control system for several doors in your property, it is easier for you to manage security which is too much of a hassle with physical keys.

Better access control — You can allow automatic access to only your employees and restrict access to others. Visitors and contractors can be provided temporary access for a particular time period. You can also restrict their entry to certain doors. In addition, you can also control what time they can gain access to the property.

Variety of systems — There are a variety of access control systems. It could be in the form of a pin or a password or even a smartphone can be used to control access. It is also possible to combine two methods to increase security standards.

Making changes is easy — With an access control system, you can make changes easily. You do not need to ask someone to give their keys back and follow up with them to make sure they have returned the keys. Similarly, you don’t need to change locks in case someone hasn’t returned the keys. You can just change the codes remotely or delete their tag.

Types of Access Control Systems

There are a variety of access control systems available in the market. Here’s a list of some of the most popular systems:

Access Control Keypads This system is typically meant for a single application. It controls access through a 4-digit code that can be easily changed whenever you want, and can have multiple codes programmed.

Proximity systems With these systems, the user needs to carry a proximity fob that automatically unlocks the door. You don’t need to worry about carrying a key or locking and unlocking the door as everything is handled automatically.

Card readers These systems allow access to the doors when a card is presented to the reader.

App control systems These are smartphone-based systems where access control is handled through an app on the smartphone. All the doors can be operated centrally through an app. An active Internet connection is needed at all times for these systems.

Who Can Use Access Control Systems?

There was a time when only big businesses could afford to have high-quality access control systems but these systems have become much more affordable and these days almost anyone can choose to use them to enhance their security.

  • Corporate offices
  • Warehouses
  • Car parks
  • Retail stores
  • Shopping centres
  • Educational institutions
  • Body Corporate/Strata Buildings
  • Factories
  • Boat sheds
  • Residences
  • Garages
  • School gates
  • Homes

Components of an Access Control System

A comprehensive access control system comprises a variety of components. Though the exact components in a system depend on the site as well as the application, here’s a list of some of the common components used in a variety of systems:

  • Card readers
  • Biometric readers
  • Architectural design of access control system
  • Computer system with ample hard disk storage
  • Remote access devices
  • Data cabling for connecting systems
  • Integration systems
  • Uninterrupted power supply
  • Routers for remote access
  • Secure location for cabinets & racks

Access Control Systems & Security Solutions

A well-designed access control system has the potential to make your property much more secure. You also get an audit trail which is not possible with physical keys. More importantly, you get peace of mind knowing that you have complete control over who can enter a building and when.

Also, you can provide temporary access to contractors and others including restricting their access to a particular time period or particular days only. In short, with a proper access control system, you are completely secure and in complete control of your safety.


How does an access control system work?
An access control system will have programmed tags and/or codes that will provide access to the dedicated card readers, these will connect to electric strikes or maglocks that will unlock when the code/tag is activated.
How do you set up access control?

Firstly we will plan the access control system to work in-line with your facility, then we will need to cable the access control system and install and finalise with programming.

Can I have access tags and a keypad?
You certainly can have both, most properties may consist of tags and keypad access, this gives you the opportunity to provide some people with codes and some with tags, these may give different levels of access.
Can I delete and control the tags on my system?
Most of our available access systems have the ability to control tags from a server where we can keep a list of active tags. We do have some more budget friendly systems that do not have this function so please ensure you request if this is what you are after!
Can access control be used inside as well as outside?

Yes it can, it is very common to have readers throughout offices externally & internally, meaning you can have access tag access into personal offices as well as common property areas, the tags can be programmed so that certain peoples tags can open doors and others can not, times can also be programmed. For example, your staff can only get access Monday-Friday.