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In the fast paced environment of Fire & Security where new technological advances mean that CCTV, Intruder Alarms, Access Control Systems and Fire Detection Systems are becoming more sophisticated, it is important for our Fire & Security team to keep abreast of the latest developments in the industry.

So today we were delighted to welcome Paxton to the HF office in Glasgow to talk us through their latest innovations in access control systems.

Paxton are one of the leading design and manufacturers of access control security systems in the UK, utilising the latest in technology to provide customers like ourselves with the latest in cutting edge security systems.

Access Control Systems visit from Paxton

At HF Fire & Security, we are backed up with NSI Gold and NSI Fire Gold accreditation so that we can operate to the highest possible industry standard and guidelines across the UK and being aware of the latest in technological developments in the Fire & Security sector is critical so that we can advise our customers on the very best solution for their business needs.

What are access control systems?

In the Fire & Security Sector, Access Control Systems are predominantly been used as a security measure to keep non-authorised personnel out of restricted areas.  Whether that be restrictions on who can access a building or who can enter certain areas of a facility, the system has always predominantly been about security access.  There is however so much more to Access Control Systems and with the ever changing landscape of the office working environment with hybrid working models and the latest in security software solutions, Access Control Systems can offer real benefits to businesses that need help in managing and monitoring a lot more in their daily business activities beyond just security.  There are a number of ways that Access Control Systems can benefit a business beyond just controlling access. This includes:

Contactless Clock In/Clock Out Systems

Facial recognition software allows access control systems to double up as a clock in/clock out system for your business to monitor staff movement, punctuality and arrival/leaving times. With hybrid working meaning that staff can be more fluid with when they come into the office, access control systems can create a better workplace data stream for staff attendance (vital for fire alarm drills and emergency building evacuation).

Thermal Screening

Thanks to the latest in thermal camera technology, we can now install and set up safer, smarter, faster temperature screening cameras for business premises.  The advanced detector camera and algorithm systems of modern Temperature Screening Thermographic Cameras that we install are designed to visually detect elevated body temperatures. What can this mean for businesses?  A thermal screening camera interlinked with security door systems can prevent staff members who are showing a high temperature from entering a building.  This can help prevent the spread of diseases and cut down on staff sick days.

Eco Savings

Access control systems can be synced with businesses heating systems and office lighting in order to increase energy efficiency and cut down on unwanted waste energy in areas of a facility with nobody in them.  Access control systems can ensure that lights are turned off and the heating is turned down in office spaces that are empty.  These small energy savings on a day to day basis can quickly add up to very big energy savings for a business over the course of a financial year!

Fire Safety

Access control systems with clock in/clock out access can be used in the event of a fire.  With hybrid working models, knowing who is present in the office in the event of a fire is vital.  Access control systems can register who is in the office through the clock in/clock out system which can be used at Fire Meeting Points to check which staff are present and which are not.

Staff Rotas

The pandemic has led to many businesses introducing rota systems to ensure that in the event of a covid-19 outbreak in the company, it does not spread to every employee.  Access Control Systems can prevent staff from breaking this rota system by restricting them access to the building on the set days that they should NOT be in the building. This same set up can be used for other purposes as an effective way of controlling access to a site that fits around the business needs.

Access control systems can operate on key cards, fobs and through facial recognition. All while easily being activated/deactivated should a key card be lost or stolen or an employee leaves the company. They can grow with your business and be scaled not just with company growth of facilities size but also with the employee status of individuals within the company.

If you would like to know more about Access Control Systems and our range of  Fire & Security Services, examples of the work we have done or if you have any questions about bespoke services we offer to meet for your individual needs, please call us today on 0800 783 9480 or email info@hf-group.co.uk.  We look forward to hearing from you soon.


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