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Controlling who accesses your property and when your doors are open for business is a crucial component to keeping assets secure. Small businesses may have straight-forward needs with just a few entrances and employees to monitor, while more extensive commercial properties can present a complex web of spaces with unique access needs. Choosing the right access control system for your business is about finding the right balance between convenience for employees, cost concerns, and optimal security for your property.


The components of your access control system will depend on the complexity, size, and the specific security concerns of your property. The following are basic components that are available in most modern day access control systems.

Access Cards or Credentials

This is the electronic version of a key, intended to help someone gain access to a secured area. These credentials can be encrypted cards or other devices like fobs that are small enough to fit in a pocket or on a keychain.

Card or Biometric Readers

These devices are installed at the entrance point of a building or space to “read” or scan credentials. They are usually mounted in a conspicuous spot near the door or integrated into a biometric reader

Access Control Keypads

These keypads may be installed as an additional security measure or in place of a card reader. Numeric keys allow users to enter a password or pin for verification.

Electric Locks

Locks are the hardware that secure the door and are controlled by the access control system. While there are different types of locks used based on the door type, size, and location of the door, they all perform the same basic function.

Control Panels

In a traditional access control system, these panels monitor all the various card readers to which they are connected. Many modern-day systems have main control panels that are accessible via an app or computer.

Access Control Server

All access control systems need brains and in this case, that’s usually a computer or server equipped with software to control access points and provide user management.


An access control system is precisely what it sounds like: a way to control access to various areas of a building or property. These systems can apply to both exterior and interior entrances and employ a variety of techniques and solutions to either restrict access to unauthorized people or grant entrance to employees and other approved users.

A straight-forward example of an access control system is a door that is locked, which restricts access to anyone who doesn’t have a card, fob, or code to unlock the door. Over the years, more sophisticated systems included audio, video, and phone systems that allowed users to “buzz” approved people into the building.

Access control systems can employ several different kinds of manual, electronic, and cloud-based technologies to monitor and control entrances in, around, and outside of your business.


Modern-day access control systems work on the basic concept that the door is always locked and users gain access to the building or an area by presenting, scanning, or entering credentials. There are two basic types of access control systems. In traditional systems, the control panel is a sort of hub for the system, connected to readers and door locks by hard wiring. Recently, businesses have begun to use access control that communicates on IP, WIFI, or in the cloud where readers and locks are connected to a businesses network and controlled from a local computer, online, or with an app.

Credentials can take several different forms. Sometimes, a manual pin code is used, while other systems may have cards or key fobs that can be read by a reader. More recently, biometric scanners such as fingerprint readers have gained in popularity as well as mobile credentials that utilize a smartphone to gain access to a building.

Some businesses with serious security concerns chose to employ layered security by having two different types of credentialing working together to restrict and grant access on commercial properties.

One of the advantages to modern-day access control systems is that when an employee or user needs to have their credentials revoked, it can be done online immediately without having to rely upon confiscating physical items like keys or installing new locks.


Access control systems can provide multiple benefits to smart and savvy property owners and managers. And there are a few unexpected perks that you may not have considered. Here are just a few ways installing an access control system can help your business.

Increased Security

Naturally, the primary function of an access control system is not only to allow employees access to specific spaces but to keep unauthorized people out. An access control system allows for more sophisticated security that offers the best of both worlds- convenience and customization.

Detailed Reports

Modern-day access control systems can provide detailed reports of when credentials were used, access points, and timestamps to track users and compile helpful data during an incident or to refine other security measures.

Convenient User Management

Gone are the days when business owners were forced to have the locks changed every time employee turnover occurred. Access control systems make it easy to remove, update, and add users as well as customize their access to parts of the property or restrict it during certain times of the day.


American Alarm has designed access control systems for every type of working environment from small businesses to larger commercial properties. Our systems can work alongside other security measures to provide a safer, more secure business for your employees and customers. American Alarm has professional technicians with expertise in installing access control systems who evaluate your property and design a solution to meet your business needs.


Card Readers

Whether it’s a card reader, fob reader, keypad reader, or dual verification reader, American Alarm installs systems that let employees in and keep unwanted visitors out.

Fingerprint Readers

Coupled with cloud-based technology, fingerprint readers are a technological solution that allows users to verify their identity quickly. You may think of these biometric scanners as cutting-edge technology, but they’re also surprisingly affordable access control solutions.

Online and App Control

Owners and property managers can control access and manage users though a web-based interface either on a desktop or mobile device. You’ll have the ability to lock and unlock doors and delete or add users at your convenience.

Central Station Monitoring

Need a helping hand? Our professional UL certified monitoring center can assist, managing your access control system alongside your security system when you’re away or in the case of an emergency.


History and Reputation

Owned and operated by the Beale family continuously since 1958, we have grown into a large, full-service security solutions provider with an excellent reputation. We service all of Southern California and beyond.

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Superior Technology

Our UL central monitoring station is equipped with top-tier hardware, software, redundant dual coast communications, and is recognized as a leader in the security industry.

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