What is access control?
Put simply, access control refers to the restriction of access to a place or resource. Access control means selectively controlling a user’s entry or use.
The use of access control is essential for many businesses. It allows businesses to monitor and control the movement and access of people in and around a site. Access control ultimately improves safety and security.
Reducing security risks in the utility sector
Threats including terrorism, natural disaster, theft and internal crime are all things that should be taken into account for utility companies. Avoiding these threats and protecting key facilities (such as water treatment works, power plants and electricity substations) is of utmost importance, and access control is a huge part of reducing the potential risks.
Robust security is vital for utility sites. Effective security keeps a site secure whilst also keeping it easily accessible when needed. The best security measures are easy to operate and cost-effective.
What should you consider when thinking about access control?
Access control systems bring many benefits to an operation. Every operation requires a different level of security, so an initial risk assessment is recommended to determine what’s right for you. If you need help with an initial risk assessment, you can reach out to BSIA access control members and professional security consultancies.
What access control products are available?
There are three different parts to be considered when it comes to access control systems. These are:
- The physical barrier. This could be a sliding or revolving door, or a turnstile specifically designed to allow access to one person at a time.
- The identification device. For example, a proximity card, a swipe card, PIN pad, or biometric identification like fingerprint, iris scanning, or face recognition.
- The door controller and software. The final point of the access control system. This could be a standalone door controller, several door controllers linked to a single PC, or a number of linked sites.
Manufacturers have responded to the need for improved access control for the utility sector with a range of different product offerings. These range from programmed electronic locks and biometrically verified security doors to cable-free access control for remote sites.
Gain access to secure chambers in seconds with Easi-Lok
At JOD Engineering, we recognise the need to save time and reduce risk when accessing chambers. With its internally mounted secure locking system, Easi-Lok was designed specifically to make chamber access fast and secure.
Easi-Lok was designed by field engineers who have to regularly open and close access covers and found themselves kneeling on the ground struggling with padlocks. They took matters into their own hands and designed the Easi-Lok range. Our safety access panels have been designed by users, for users, to make the process fast, easy and safe in all weathers.
- Easi-Lok can be opened and locked using one hand, even wearing gloves
- The padlock cannot be removed, misplaced, or contaminated
- The locking mechanism is secured and protected within the chamber
- Spring loaded lid for ease of opening
- Secured from attack and vandalism to LPCB level 4
- Save on the cost of padlocks
Using Easi-Lok in your operations is a small change that can make a huge difference to the safety and efficiency of your everyday processes. We can also use the Easi-Lok mechanism to design bespoke access covers that can be installed as part of access chambers, draw pits and valve chambers. Our bespoke products are made to order and designed specifically for your business.
Would you benefit from safe and fast access control with Easi-Lok? Get in touch. We have a range of Easi-Lok access panels to choose from or can build to your specific requirements with a bespoke solution.