How to Choose the Right Extended Access Control System?

Published on Wednesday 4 May 2016 in News

Our systems are used across the world to ensure the safety and security of personnel in some the most volatile and harsh environments that can be faced.

When your workers are based in remote location hundreds of miles away from civilisation with risks of turbulent weather conditions and in some cases in a country that is in a state of crisis, ensuring your security can maintain the safety and control of the area is not just essential for business operations to run smoothly, but it is a critical lifesaving solution.

Communication is the most important part of extended access control. Enabling streamlined access and quick evacuation of sites when required.

So choosing the right comms for your extended access control is pivotal to how effective your onsite operations will be.

To give a clear guide on this we’ve listed the types of comms solutions you should consider so that you can choose a system that fits with your requirements.



Working on a 3G or wifi connection, the handheld mobile device will pick up a signal to gain a data, instantly updating security personnel of any changes.

This can be massively beneficial to the user of the device, as they do not need to do anything for a background sync to work.

If there are any changes surrounding the overall security of the environment, closed facilities, or workers denied in restricted areas, these will be instantly updated on the device through the connection, allowing security personnel to be instantly updated without delay.

Reducing any risks to workers without delay.

As this device will work solely on a connection, it may sometimes be quite slow, especially if the connection is poor or if the weather conditions interfere.



Unfortunately, online comms may not be an option in some locations if there is no network connection or any onsite data centres, so an offline system would be a possible solution.

The data would be stored on the mobile device itself and be updated when the user downloads an update.

This can cause some possible discrepancies, especially if the data has not been synced to give the most up-to-date information, leaving restricted areas vulnerable, and delays in verifying workers access.



As the most reliable option for your onsite comms, a hybrid combines the best of both worlds, working on an online connection but switching to the offline data if a connection is lost or broken. If a signal goes down you have a back up, so that no matter what happens your security works.

As the most up-to-date option possible, you can feel assured that your security operations are at their most effective.