Access Control System Installation

    Access control devices on the wall

    Access Control System Installers

    Our access control system installations in London & Kent allow you to control who can enter your facility or specific areas of your company’s building.


    What is Access Control?

    Access control will allow you to restrict certain employees from accessing sensitive areas. This also allows managing and monitoring your company’s employees’ access at all times. They can also be easily integrated with intruder alarms, CCTV and road barriers or gates, providing your business with a physical security barrier 24/7.


    Access control systems can be fitted to any physical points such as doors, fences, barriers, gates, lifts and turnstiles.


    They can also be a standalone system controlling one or two entry points, or an integrated system covering multiple buildings.


    Why is access control important?


    Installing access control systems is the most efficient way to prevent unauthorised access to your premises, which is important for the safety and security of your employees, as well as the security of your buildings, assets and systems



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    How does Access Control work?


    Access control gives the building or facility manager the ability to control who can enter a building and their ability to move around the site.  A system can be as simple or complex as your needs require.  Certain staff or contractors might only be given access at certain times.  Cleaners for example might only need to access outside office hours and some staff might only be granted access from Monday to Friday.  We will seek to understand your needs and tailor the system to meet you needs.  Giving you the ability to grant and deny access as appropriate. 


    We achieve this by creating access groups and placing the right people in the right groups.  This helps make managing access simple to administer and easy to audit.

    An access control system is an electronic system that uses various elements to give control over the movement of people within a site.  The major elements are central server, door controller, locking mechanisms, exit buttons, secure readers and passes. 


    The central server is not always required for smaller systems but allows for the management of the access control system.  Defining what groups and users are able to do is the major function of the server.

    The door controller is the part of the system that connects and manages doors.  These units can control one or multiple doors – depending on the manufacturer. 


    The locking mechanisms will be dependent on the use case and the type of door.  Magnetic locks are common for internal doors within an office – as they work with most door sets and provide relatively easy installation.  Electronic mortice locks can provide a better level of security but are not suited to as many applications. 


    Exit buttons are placed on the secure side to allow free access out of a site.  These press buttons are usually paired with a fire break button that when pressed will keep a door unlocked in an emergency.


    Secure readers are place on the outside of the area secured to allow access to only people with permission.

    Passes are used to identify a person and grant access.  Passes can be many things – cards and fobs with near field technology are common but tech we carry around all the time can also be used – such as mobile phones or smartwatches. 


    Biometrics can also be used to allow access – facial recognition can be built into readers and the users facial identity can be used to grant access – much like smartphones ability to use you face to unlock you phone.        


    Why is access control important?


    Installing access control systems is the most efficient way to prevent unauthorised access to your premises, which is important for the safety and security of your employees, as well as the security of your buildings, assets and systems


    Access control systems provide layers of security that can be a simple or as complex as your business requires.  It can prevent access to a site – reducing the likelihood of theft and damage to assets and risk to employees.


    Areas that are sensitive or dangerous can be restricted to only allow authorised staff.  This can help prevent accidents and increase data security.    


    Access Control Installation Systems in London & Kent

    We install access control systems throughout London & Kent, which range from a single point of entry door controller through to a sophisticated package that controls and monitors every door in a building (and even multiple buildings) and can be set to deny access to some areas or provide monitored access on a temporary basis. Each access control system installation can integrate with CCTV, Fire and Intruder alarm and Building Management Systems and can also link to time and attendance packages.


    And if you need multi-site access control from a single central monitoring station controlling gates, doors and CCTV, our installers can link it all together.

    What are the different access control types?


    Access Control Cards, Fobs and Fingerprints


    Access control cards


    Door access control cards are easy and relatively cheap to issue to staff and indeed other people, such as contractors, to give them access to your premises and to control where they can go and for how long. Cards can be made active and inactive at the touch of a computer button and can be programmed and issued within seconds. Access card technology will work for a single point of access system all the way through to multi-door, multi-site applications. It is easy to collect and re-programme cards. They can be branded with corporate messages. They can have photo ID included and can even have a credit added to facilitate cashless transactions at the canteen or vending machines. Modern card readers tend to be of the ‘present and touch’ type though magnetic swipe is still a popular mechanism.


    Biometric access control


    Biometric access control systems using fingerprint or retina readers are increasingly popular. Retina scanning can be applied to guests but is more often only utilised for high-security applications to control the movements of staff. Fingerprint systems can be applied to a single point of access system all the way through to multi-door, multi-site applications. Once a user’s fingerprint has been scanned into the backend management system, it can be used very much in the same way as an access control card.




    Proximity fobs will allow users to open door locks without necessarily having to present the fob to a reader. They only function to provide access/egress but will leave an audit trail so that movements can be recorded. 


    ACCL offer installation services for all of these access control options, door entry systems, and types of access control readers. 


    Access Control Benefits


    Control – manage your site effectively.  Taylor access for each member of staff and grant temporary access to visitors


    Update – eliminate the requirement for physical keys.  Improving efficiency and increasing security


    Audit – understand staff movements in, out and around the site. 


    Simplicity – managing the powerful system is extremely simple giving you full control of your building security


    Integration – systems can work together to provide better outcomes – fire, intruder, CCTV and video entry systems can all be integrated to provide a better and a safer experience. 


    Staff database

    With all of the above systems, a staff personnel database makes them work efficiently (with contractors and guest being added temporarily or permanently) and provides the ability to assign access levels. It is possible to link the system to an HR database to avoid double data entry.


    Access Control Solutions and Integration

    All of ACCL’s Access Control installations will integrate with our other security solutions CCTV; Vehicular Gates, Barriers and Bollards; Automatic Number Plate Recognition; Pedestrian Gates and Turnstiles systems should any of these be required.


    The ACCL security team are certified installers of Honeywell security and Paxton access control system products. We also specialise in access control for schools

    Integrated solutions with CCTV and lighting

    CCTV has a variety of uses. Our access control installers can deploy your system so that if a door is unlocked, a camera will be activated in that location. If the camera is already active, it can be set to run at a higher frame rate and quality of resolution. Both working room lights and security lighting can be turned on.

    Email, text and other alerts

    With access control software any activity, especially irregular activity, at any door can trigger an alert via email, text, pop-up, etc.

    Simpler Security Solutions

    If you are just looking to eliminate front door keys for senior staff and an intercom for guests and other staff – we can provide either a simple card swipe door controller or a PIN activated device and an intercom with CCTV built-in so that your receptionist can at least visually verify who is coming on to your property. Card swipe or PIN devices can be installed and programmed on selected individual doors throughout a building.


    Meeting your needs

    As you can see from the above, ACCL will design and install an access control security system that suits your current needs and can grow to meet your future requirements. If you want a fully integrated, computer-controlled system with multiple facets or a simple intercom, we will advise you accordingly.

    How is ACCL different?


    Unlike many service providers ACCL work with clients in the delivery of the most suitable option. If cost savings can be made through the installation of a more suitable product, Project Managers will bring this to the attention of the client.

    As the client I can only say thanks and its an amazing piece of work by all involved. Believe me that the work to coordinate this work around other issues was challenging but Wayne and ACCL were great.

    TUI / Scott Ronan

    I have had the pleasure of asking Wayne and team for advice and guidance over a number of years, and have always felt assured that all advice I have received was totally unbiased and 100% accurate.

    Ntegra Ltd / Grant Ward, Test Manager

    The Engineers were helpful and patient. They did anything and everything that was asked of them. Thanks for a very good first job.

    Leagas Delaney / Alfred Place, London

    The Engineers were punctual and courteous whilst on site. They worked professionally, always being aware of the needs of the other tradesman who were also working on this project. They were sympathetic to the needs of the school and we are very satisfied with the overall installation.

    Bishopshalt School / Evelyn Nolan

    Another professional installation by ACCL, on time and in budget!

    Bank of New York / Alan Hawley, President of IT Infrastructure

    All the people involved were extremely helpful at all times. All performed equally well in a fast-track project and responded quickly to any changes in requirements.

    Barnhill Community High / Sunil Kubavat, Head of IT
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