The team at Be Structured specializes in IP access control platforms designed to protect your operations from unauthorized access while ensuring your team always has access to the critical tools they need. With the ability to deliver selective facility access, you can be confident that your mission-critical data and equipment don’t end up in the wrong hands. As criminals develop new ways of compromising your network, deploying a comprehensive IP access control platform is more important than ever. From mobile-based control to door controllers, Be Structured can secure your network and facility from internal and external threats.
An IP based access control system makes use of devices that are a part of the Internet of Things (IoT), a term that encompasses any device that is connected to a network or the internet but is not a computer, tablet, or other traditional online device. An IP based system used an IP access control reader, a device that is connected to your network and is basically a small computer. Anyone who wants access to the door can use a traditional identification method such as biometrics or a keycard. To the user, nothing is different between a traditional control system and an IP based one. What they see from the outside and how they interact with the system remains the same.
Behind the scenes, however, IP based systems use more powerful mini computers that are capable of functioning even if your network goes down. The computer in the IP reader makes the decision of whether or not to grant access based on the criteria it has received from the network. Those criteria are saved on the reader itself, so if your network goes down, the reader still has the most recent criteria and can allow or block access as needed. It can also do more than simply access or reject the user’s authentication information—it can block all access at certain times of the day, only allow specific people entry at specific times, and more. All of these access rules are completely customizable, and you can change them at any time.
These readers are also highly secure. While television shows and movies may make it seem that all it takes is a bit of wire or a screwdriver to pop open the panel and short out the system, that’s not really
the case. These devices are incredibly secure, make use of encrypted data, and have no actual accessible wires on the exterior side that can be damaged or shorted out. Physically shorting out the door is simply not an option. The readers also contain highly secure firewalls and other security measures so hacking them is quite difficult as well.
Are you still safe with your traditional access control system? These systems do help secure an area, but they do have some downsides. The biggest issue with these systems is that they were created using a one-size-fits-all mindset. They’re not as flexible as an IP based system. Without flexibility, you may end up with a security system that gets the job done but isn’t 100% secure because you can’t customize it. As your security needs change, these traditional systems may not be able to change with them. You may end up spending time and money installing an entirely new system at some point, which is never the ideal solution.
While your traditional system may be secure now, it may not be in the future. IP based systems, on the other hand, are posed to become the future of access control. The system you install today will be flexible enough that it will serve you for quite some time.
Best of all, installing an IP control system will cost no more than installing a traditional system. In fact, in many cases, it will actually cost less because you already have much of the necessary cabling and networking systems in place. In the long run, you’ll also save money because there are no special wires to maintain or replace. You won’t need to upgrade to a new traditional system because your IP system is scalable and versatile enough to adapt to your new needs.