Access Control simply means a system for controlling who enters a property or building. In the past, access control usually meant a guard or receptionist, a sign-in system, and badges. Today, institutions have a range of options for staffed and unstaffed access control, including intercoms, phones, electronic ID cards and badges, electronic keypads and biometric scanners to give staff, students, and visitors access to academic facilities.
Many electronic access control systems offer the added benefit of providing an electronic record of who has entered and exited a building and who is on the premises at any given time.
Access control is critical for daycare facilities, schools, churches, recreational facilities, and libraries with a lot of employees, students, and visitors.