Which Access Control Solution is Right for My Business?
The size of your team, the number of sites and the complexity of your business’ operation will all influence which is the best access control system for your business, and therefore the cost. The old pin codes and swipe cards of the past are no longer able to secure your site in the current times of complex shift patterns, hybrid working and complex visitor management.
Almas Industries’ wide range of cutting-edge access control solutions includes door intercoms, Bluetooth readers, ANPR cameras, RFID readers and biometric systems including fingerprint and face scanners. Prices start from just £59 pcm
Biometric Access Control
Almas’ range of biometric readers are stylish, robust, dust and water ingress proof and ensure that only the person enrolled and authorised can access that area, it’s not about the credentials they carry, but who they are. Biometric systems are fast, easy to use and more secure than traditional forms of access control.
› FACE SCANNERS have risen in popularity since the pandemic and the adoption by smartphone manufacturers in recent years. They are fast, contactless and simple to use.
› FINGERPRINT READERS are a tried, tested, and proven access control solution. Fast, secure and simple to use. Fingerprint readers use the distinct and unique whorls and patterns of your print to create an encrypted biometric key. We’ve been manufacturing and installing them for over 17 years.
› VEIN READERS provide a high level of security, the biometric template is created by using infrared light to map your venal pattern. Forgery is virtually impossible with no visible pattern to mimic.
Traditional audio intercoms allow unverified people to access your site. Visual confirmation allows you to check official uniforms or ID badges before permitting entry.
› Flexible routing options allow the direction of calls to specific rooms, offices or departments which reduces unnecessary disruption.
› Visitor Management a convenient element of your access control system to manage entry by visitors and infrequent users.
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Gate and Barrier Access Control
Know exactly who is at the door or gate. Limiting access to your site improves security and efficiency, user experience can be enhanced with the right access control solution for the specific site needs.
› BLUETOOTH READERS: A contactless credential granted by your smartphone. Combining biometric access of your smartphone with the ability to remotely onboard new customers or staff for their first site visit.
› ANPR CAMERAS: When CCTV combines with access control. Stop parking wars by limiting access to finite parking spaces by only permitting authorised number plates to enter. Add the number plates in the access control software as an additional credential.
Improved user experience that is convenient and efficient. Credentials can be issued and revoked remotely at any time. Seamless integration of visitor management into your access control. Discover More About Gate And Barrier Access…or ›
Wireless door locks
A neat and stylish solution
- Retrofit to existing doors
- No cabling
- On/ offline solutions
- Proxy fob technology
- Mix and match with biometric, Bluetooth and other access control readers according to requirements
› Secure Your Business With an Integrated Security Solution
Optima software by Almas is a reliable and flexible security management tool integrated with a wide range of access control readers.
- Tailor access according to multiple parameters across multiple sites if required.
- Create groups of access for different types of employees, times of access for shift patterns and areas of access to a granular level depending on access requirements. E.g. Limit access to server rooms or R&D areas to relevant personnel.
› Our Optima 360 module integrates your wider security solutions such as CCTV and intruder alarms and additional alarm inputs into one simple management platform of security; improving visibility and control while saving time.
Why Almas Industries?
The Right Access Control Solution, For Your Business
Almas will build you an integrated security solution to protect your site, assets and people. Full service solutions, advice on GDPR responsibilities and a range of payment options make Almas the logical choice to be your security partner.
Here’s what our customers say about Almas:
"Day Care at Saint Martins is protected by biometric access control and CCTV from Almas Industries"Read More
"Not just products, but a great ongoing service"Read More
"Thank you to Dan and the team for all the help, support and advice they have given us over the last year. We cannot recommend Almas enough. Thank you "Read More
"Almas Industries have been fantastic over the years. No matter how complicated or simplistic our query... They are there."Read More
"“The integration has saved countless hours collating and verifying manual staff logs. We’ve seeen productivity increases as staff have realised we’ve eliminated the human element of payroll reconciliation.”"Read More
Free 3-Step Quote
We’re passionate about creating an access control solution that’s tailored around your business. Our Security Consultants work with your specific needs and budget.
- Contact Us
Complete a quote form and we’ll get in touch or call us on 03335677799 (UK) or 016833368 (IRE)
- We visit you
We carry out a free survey of your site at a time that suits you.
- Your security system
Our experts build a security package tailored to your business’ specific needs.
What is access control?
Access control provides physical security that restricts who can enter a certain location at any time. Access control is, at its core, a way of electronically or manually managing locks and limiting admission to certain places in order to increase security and better manage the footfall of employees, contractors, and visitor access within a site.
Electronic access control systems permit only authorised personnel to enter the building. The systems do this by utilising passes such as a key card, a fob, or for a more secure method, biometric authentication. These entry passes can be generally be controlled remotely to be activated or deactivated.
To gain access to a restricted area, users will have to present their credentials on the security device to be validated. An Access Control Unit receives the user’s information or credential, such as a fob or a fingerprint. When received, the unit determines whether the user should be permitted access to the area. If the user passes the authentication tests, the security device will be unlocked, allowing them access.
When linked to visitor management systems, access control helps to guarantee that your company has clear and concise records of who is passing through your business, admission of authorised personnel only ensures that everyone is secure from theft or harm from strangers or barred employees or customers.
Why is access control important?
It’s important to know who is on your site, and when, for a number of reasons; to protect intellectual property, stock and raw matericals, GDPR sensitive data, server rooms, to keep people away from dangerous areas or equipment and to have a record of who is on-site for health and safety reasons.
Preventing unauthorised access to certain areas at specific times protects people, assets and property give you better protection and control within your business.
What is biometric access control?
Biometric access control is a modern technology that uses human features such as fingerprint scanning and face recognition to supplement or replace existing methods of access.
The benefits of biometrics are propelling the technology ahead at a rapid pace. For example, with cards, codes, or PINs, you never know who has access to the card or who enters the code to get admittance. Biometrics ensure that only the intended user is granted access, resulting in less loss and improved accountability.
Which access control system is right for my business?
Simply, it depends on your site, the usage and the flow of people and vehicles. Almas’ Security Audit will identify, with you, which system will be most effective and secure for your site.
From video door intercoms, fob and card readers, to face scanners, vein and fingerprint readers, we will design and install the best access control system for your business’ needs.
Are access control solutions expensive?
They aren’t free and they vary wildly depending on system, size and complexity of installation, manufacturer, quality and software.
What you don’t want is a poor quality access control system that’s easy to hack and where your site and users’ data won’t be secure.
We have monthly and outright purchase plus maintenance options to suit almost all budgets and costs start from £59 per month.
What are the benefits of an access control solution?
The core benefit of an access control solution is that it ensures your business is secure and that only the right people can gain access to the right areas at the right times.
A reliable access control system eliminates the threats presented by uncontrolled entry points, unauthorised access to sensitive locations, and unsupervised visitor access.
A great access control solution also improves user experience and increases efficiency because it fits the specific needs of your business. It works with the flow of people, vehicles, information and goods through your business to give you greater control, accountability and safety.
How does an access control system work?
Essentially there are a 6 steps to how access control works. It all starts with enrolment, where the user is given a profile and credentials, be these biometric or a credential they carry, which will allow them to use the system.
Find out more about the 6 steps to access control..READ MORE
What is an access control policy and why is it important?
Yes, and it’s important because you are gathering, storing and using personal data when you have a modern access control policy. This means the collection, processing and retention is governed by the GDPR.
Find out what we recommend you include in an access control policy and why by reading more
What's the difference between IT access control and physical access control?
Well both are critical components of your security plan as both protect access to important data, and with physical access control solutions, to properties, stock, IT infrastructure and more..
How much do access control solutions cost?
We know you want a price straight away, but the cost of your access control system will vary wildly depending on what you need and the level of security that your business requires and the physical installation logistics.
Assessing this takes time and expert knowledge. You can buy off the shelf and install yourself, but it may not be the right system for your needs.
For a rough guide of access control solution prices by type, read more