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What Hillsborough Homeowners Need to Know About Access Control

When it comes to keeping your family safe while protecting your personal property, it’s essential to consider different security measures that are available to homeowners. Only 24% of Americans have the appropriate home security system in place.

Increased rates of crime worldwide has prompted homeowners to install more security products in their home. The need for these products is going to continue growing.

It’s likely that, as a homeowner, you already have motion sensors and security cameras in place. So, how can you make your home less of a target to burglars and keep out unwanted visitors? Installing a gate with access control may be the answer to your problems.

Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about adding an extra layer of security to your home with Hillsborough access control.

What Is Access Control?

Access control is a method of security that only allows individuals to pass through a locked entryway at predetermined times. While businesses generally use them to allow employees or custodial staff entry to a commercial building, it is easily integrated into residential settings where a bit of added security can make a whole lot of difference.

It is a computer-based system that requires credentials for access to a restricted area. While this is generally ideal for a high-security business, it has been adjusted to meet the needs of homeowners who are trying to amp up their security systems.

When integrated with modern security systems, you will find that you can control more than who enters your property. These advanced systems allow you to control other aspects of your home. Your thermostat, appliances, and lighting are all now at the tip of your fingers even when you are not home.

How Does It Work?

Access control works through a device that locks and unlocks the access points of a home or business based on user credentials. In an effort to go keyless, an access control system needs to be able to identify these individuals. Key cards, key fobs, and biometrics, like a fingerprint scanner or facial recognition, can all be used to gain entry to a business or gated residence.

The system uses a keyless entry device to engage the lock. User credentials are kept on a key card or another device that is held near the reader. The controller contains all of the information needed to restrict or allow access and is connected to the reader. Once the reader identifies the user, it sends a signal to the controller. If the person is allowed entry, the lock will disengage.

In the residential setting, a gate to your home will be opened upon verification of the individual requesting access to your property. This helps to reduce the everyday door-to-door salesman and even the potential burglary.

Gates With Access Control

Our gate systems can be installed with automatic gate openers that allow guests and residents to access the premises without allowing entry to undesired visitors or intruders. This gives the homeowners and/or tenants a sense of security and peace of mind.

These systems are a little different than the run-of-the-mill access control systems that you might find in a commercial setting. These gates with automated openers may come equipped with:

  • intercom systems
  • gate operators
  • visitor software
  • keypads
  • phone entry
  • sensor loops
  • electronic locks

Advances in modern technology have made all of this possible. So, why is access control so important?

Lower Security Risk

When you install an access control system, you will find that your security risk is exponentially lower than it was without access control. Access control helps to deter burglars and protect your family and your valuable belongings.

Access control can give you an added sense of security when you don’t have to exit your vehicle to open the gate late at night or during bad weather. This means you are less likely to have your car stolen or vandalized as you are leaving or returning to the property.

No Unauthorized Entry

With access control, you can customize who can access the property and what times they are allowed entry. This allows maintenance services to access your property during certain times and keeping them out when they shouldn’t be there.

When your in-laws are coming for a visit, you will be able to add them to the system allowing them to come and go as they please. However, your nagging neighbor and other unsolicited visitors will not be knocking on your door.

Remote Access to the System

Access control gives the owner remote access to the control system. This allows you to open up your property to those who you know will be visiting even if you won’t be home, giving you complete control over who may enter your home.

Remote access can also allow you to turn off the electricity in unoccupied areas of the home when they’re integrated with your home security system and other smart home features. This is especially useful when you are not home and you forgot to shut off the lights or central air before leaving for the day or for an extended period of time.

Do You Need a Security Upgrade?

Increasing security on your private property or having more control over your privacy are just a few of the reasons that you might want to install an access control system or a high-quality gate on your Hillsborough property.

Contact Florida Gate Masters today with any questions you may have about access control, gate installation, or gate repair for your Hillsborough home. We would be happy to install your next gate with an automatic opener. We look forward to working with you.

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