How Much Does an Access Control System Cost?
A reliable and effective security system for your business can be worth its weight in gold if it provides comprehensive protection for your premises, assets and staff.
Having said that, there still has to be a limit as to what you’ll want to spend, so it’s natural that one of the first things you’ll want to know is the likely cost of having one installed.
In this article, we’re looking at the practical benefits of an access control system, what types are available and what is likely to affect the cost of getting the one that’s right for your business installed.
What is an access control system?
Access control systems put you in charge of who is entering, leaving and passing through key points at your commercial premises. So whether you want to be able to monitor all your visitors or you want to restrict access to parts of your buildings containing sensitive data or valuable items, there’s a solution available that will do the job for you.
Types of access control systems
Here at Scutum South East, we have a comprehensive selection of access control systems available to our customers, with different solutions suitable for different premises and different budgets. Each uses the latest technology to provide reliable yet affordable protection, with our experts working closely with you to identify the best solution for your particular circumstances.
- Keypad – access is allowed only to those who have been issued with the code required to allow entry.
- Keyfob – a radio-controlled fob, issued to an authorised person, is held close to a reader on the access point, triggering release of the locking mechanism.
- Swipe card – popular with hotels, the swipe card is similar in concept to the keyfob, but needs to be physically passed through the reader rather than just held close to it.
- Video – one of the most secure systems, as access is permitted only to familiar faces or to those who can provide identification to whoever is monitoring the camera feed.
- ANPR vehicle recognition – this system can be used at vehicle access points, gates and car parks to identify and allow access to vehicles with pre-registered licence plates.
How much does an access control system cost?
There are so many variables involved that providing a comprehensive answer to this common question is extremely difficult. These are just some of the major factors likely to affect the final price of your own access control system:
- The system you choose
Inevitably, some systems are more expensive to buy and install than others. For example, key fob and swipe card systems need the fobs and cards that are issued to authorised people, unlike a keypad system. Meanwhile, a wireless door entry system is much cheaper to install than a hardwired one.
- The size of your company
A large organisation operating from large premises – perhaps with multiple separate buildings – is likely to need a more expensive access control system than a small retail store.
- Number of access points
It’s not just size that matters when it comes to security. Some small premises can have multiple important access points that need monitoring and/or protecting.
You can buy a cheap branded access control system and install it yourself if you really want to save money. However, you won’t have the confidence that comes with knowing that a security expert has installed a reliable and proven system in the most effective way. Nor will you be able to take advantage of the access control maintenance you can get from a company like Scutum South East.
Why choose Scutum South East for your access control system?
At Scutum South East, when you get in touch with us to discuss your security needs, we can make a free site visit both to assess your security and door access requirements and also discuss your budget and preferences. That will enable us to create a bespoke solution that is fully tailored to your priorities and provides effective protection at a price you’re happy with.
And don’t forget that when we work out a price for your chosen system, we always aim to beat any similar quote you’ve received from elsewhere!
Discover more about access control systems and get a free quote for your own individually tailored security solution by getting in touch with the team at Scutum South East today. We work with businesses and organisations based in and around London, Surrey and the wider South East England area.
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About Scutum South East
Scutum South East is a leading expert in fire safety and security solutions for businesses and organisations located across South East England, including London and Surrey.
From fire alarms, fire extinguishers and fire risk assessments to access control, CCTV and intruder alarm systems – and a lot more besides – we offer a comprehensive range of products and services designed to keep you, your business and your staff and visitors safe.
With decades of industry experience to call on, we’re proud to hold accreditations from leading trade associations and bodies such as British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE), the British Fire Consortium, the Fire Industry Association (FIA) and Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB).
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