Security and Access Control

Your business requires commercial security systems, especially door security hardware. Commercial spaces have employees, sensitive information, and capital that all need a security system to protect them. Commercial door locks, intercom systems, keypads, biometric scanners, and video surveillance are excellent security measures for businesses that require extra protection.

What Is Door Security Hardware?

Commercial security systems include different methods to keep your assets, property, and employees safe. Door security hardware is the technology installed at entry points outside and inside a building. These security installations offer commercial buildings maximum protection, giving personnel extra peace of mind.

Types of Commercial Door Security Hardware

Door security hardware is a primary example of access control, which is the ability to authorize employees and other persons attempting to enter a building. Access control, including door security hardware, is typically given to top-level management, human resources departments, or a chief security officer.

Here are some door security systems a business can use to ensure maximum safety.

Commercial Security Door Locks

Commercial security door locks are essential access control tools. New technologies have led to the development of electronic defense systems, heavy-duty security doors, and efficient but accurate personnel identifiers.

Magnetic door locks are also an effective way to secure an entry point. Access control personnel must open these doors from the inside. Unlike a deadbolt lock, you can’t force your way through a magnetically locked door. Commercial steel doors and bulletproof glass complement commercial security locks, giving them extra protection from external forces.

Mortise locks are another entry door lock that have locking mechanisms built into the door frame.

Intercom Systems

Intercom systems allow an extra layer of communication between outside persons and indoor access control operators.

If an employee forgets their key fob, access control personnel can communicate with the individual attempting to enter the building to clarify their identity and why they wish to enter. Intercom systems are especially useful at schools and universities where many guests and non-students might need to enter. These communication technologies also simplify package deliveries.

Keypads and Keycards

Keypad door locks are an excellent form of commercial keyless door security. They are fast, secure, and allow authorized personnel into a business while keeping out unapproved persons.

Keypads require personnel to enter a numeric password to gain entry. Administrators can change the password on a scheduled basis to avoid potential security breaches.

Keycard access points require employees to scan or slide a designated identification badge. Facilities can also use keyfobs, which are small electronic devices that contain access codes.
If an employee misplaces a keycard, access control personnel can issue a new one while deactivating the lost card to prevent unauthorized entry.

Keycards and fobs can also provide interior access control. Sometimes an employee has access to the building, but not specific areas within it. Access control managers can designate a security level for each employee’s keycard or fob. Basically, an employee with level 1 access can’t get into an area with level 2 or higher authorization.

Biometric Scanners

Biometric scanners are one of the newest examples of door security hardware. Working at federal or high-security facilities requires maximum authorization levels, making biometric scanners a perfect choice.

There are a few types of biometric scanning systems, but fingerprint scanning is the most common. This technology requires personnel to document their biometrics while working at the company; a third-party or governmental branch can carry this out. When entering the building, an employee just needs to scan their fingerprint for quick access.

Over the past few years, thermal infrared facial recognition systems have become increasingly popular. This door security hardware scans an individual with infrared light to read their temperature. With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, new security measures were put in place to ensure the health and safety of employees. Thermal facial recognition can identify if someone has symptoms of COVID-19 or other ailments.

Camera and Facial Recognition

Surveillance cameras are perfect for monitoring outdoor and indoor activity, and businesses can use them to complement their other door security hardware.

With real-time security cameras, access control personnel can observe an individual they’re communicating with through an intercom system. Front desk employees can see if an individual is who they say they are and if they have weapons, contraband, or other harmful items.

Contact Paramount Companies today

Does your commercial space need door security hardware? Paramount Companies is your St. Louis security installation expert. Our team of certified electricians can install and integrate your commercial security systems to ensure your commercial space, employees, and valuable assets are adequately protected.

Door Security Hardware Summary

  • Commercial security door locks are made of industrial-grade material and can be opened electronically.
  • Intercom systems allow access control personnel and front desk employees to communicate with outside persons, understanding who they are and why they wish to enter.
  • Keypads and keycards are keyless solutions for authorized employees to enter a facility.
  • Biometric scanners use a database to determine if an individual’s fingerprints are approved for entry. They can also detect potential symptoms of COVID-19 and other illnesses.
  • Camera and facial recognition systems provide real-time surveillance and visual assessments of persons trying to enter an access point.

Paramount Companies Installs High-Quality Door Security Hardware

Paramount Companies has been installing door security hardware in St. Louis and surrounding areas for over 15 years, making us a trusted industry leader.

We can tackle any security installation, including security doors, keypads, surveillance cameras, intercom communications, access control, and biometric scanners. We offer free consultations and estimates and can address any questions you might have.

Paramount Companies is also Tesla certified and GSA (general contracting service for the federal government) certified. We are a proud woman-owned business enterprise (WBE) and were recognized as a 2020 A-List company in St. Louis Magazine.

Let us protect your property, employees, and valuable assets. Contact Paramount Companies today.

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 Legacy vs. Cloud-Based System

A legacy access control system is hosted entirely in your building. You have to provide the server for it and maintain it onsite. Everything in this system also exists only on your onsite computers, and it costs a lot to install and maintain.

A cloud-based access control system is much more flexible and lower maintenance. You can host your cloud-based system’s server in your building, or you can store your system’s security data in an outside location. It all depends on what you want and have room for in your facility.

Different Ways of Accessing Your System

When you invest in a building access control system, you need to select one way for your employees to access it from the user-facing side of things. This access point is often a door reader. It may be located at the front of your building or somewhere inside it.
These use-facing access options include:

  • Electronic badge security systems
  • Key card and key fob system
  • Mobile app system
  • Wireless connection system
  • Biometric system
  • Face recognition system
  • Video system

Each type of system has its pros and cons. Whichever system you choose, pick the one that best fits your building’s operations and access control requirements. When you partner with us, we help you choose the best user-access option for your facility.