Advantages of Access Control for Small Businesses

31 March 2024

Picture this: A bustling small business, a hub of activity and innovation, but amidst the hustle and bustle of people moving around the premises lies a critical concern… security. Traditional locks and keys can only do so much to safeguard your premises. What if there was a smarter, more efficient solution?

Access control systems are the game-changer your business needs: no more lost keys or unauthorised access concerns. With cutting-edge technology like keyless entry and biometric scanners, you can protect your assets and streamline operations like never before.

In this blog, we’ll show you how access control systems revolutionise security for small businesses like yours. From key features to real-world success stories, discover why upgrading your security is the key to unlocking peace of mind and business growth.

Interestingly, an access control system such as EntroWatch will tick several items of the checklist (2-5) provided by the Metropolitan Police; “Keep burglars out of your business“.

What is Access Control?

Before we dive into the benefits of access control systems, let’s first define what access control is. Access control is a security measure that allows you to control who has access to your business or certain areas within your business. This can include keyless entry systems, key cards, or biometric readers. With access control, you can restrict access to certain areas, track who is entering and exiting your business, and revoke access if necessary.

A modern access control system consists of door controllers, readers/keypads, credentials and a software platform & database to run the system. A brief description of each is provided below:

  • Door controllers: Door controllers are electronic devices that manage the physical access to doors or entry points within a facility. Typically, installers situate these controllers near each door, where they regulate the locking and unlocking mechanisms. They receive commands from the central software platform to grant or deny access to individuals based on their credentials. Door controllers often integrate with various types of locking mechanisms such as electromagnetic locks or electric strikes.
  • Readers and Keypads: Devices such as readers and keypads authenticate individuals seeking access to a secured area. Readers can include technologies such as smart card readers, biometric scanners or facial recognition cameras. Keypads allow users to input a code or PIN to gain access. These devices interface with the door controllers to send authentication data for verification.
  • Credentials: Credentials refer to how individuals are identified and granted access to the system. They can include physical items like access cards, as well as digital credentials such as PIN codes, passwords, or biometric data. Credentials are assigned to users and stored within the system’s database, linking each credential with its respective permissions and access rights.
  • Software: The software component serves as the central management system for the entire access control infrastructure. It provides an interface for administrators to configure access permissions, manage user credentials, and monitor system activity. The software platform also maintains a database that stores user information, access logs, and system configurations. Additionally, it facilitates communication between the various components of the access control system, orchestrating the exchange of data between door controllers, readers/keypads, and the central database.

Why Upgrade Your Access Control System?

As you can see, access control systems have come far from traditional lock and key methods. With advancements in technology, there are now more efficient ways to secure your premises. Here are some reasons why installing access control systems is important:

Improved Security

The primary purpose of access control systems is to provide security. By installing an advanced system, you can ensure that only authorised individuals have access to your building or specific areas within it. This can include keyless entry systems, biometric scanners, and remote access control. These systems are more difficult to bypass and provide a higher level of security for your business.

Keyless Entry Systems

One of the most popular reasons to install access control systems is the implementation of keyless entry systems. These systems use electronic key cards to grant access to individuals. They are more secure than traditional keys and can be easily deactivated if lost or stolen. Keyless entry systems also allow for better access management, as access can be granted or revoked remotely.

Better Access Management

Access control systems are highly effective in enhancing security as they can manage the “Who, Where, and When” aspects of access. These systems verify the identity of individuals seeking access accurately (Who), control access to specific locations or areas within the facility (Where) and enforce time-based restrictions on access attempts (When). By doing so, they provide comprehensive protection against unauthorised entry, trespassing, and security breaches. This integrated approach ensures that only authorised personnel can access designated resources or areas, minimizing the risk of security incidents and promoting a safer work environment.

Cost Savings

While there is an initial cost to upgrading your access control systems, it can save you money in the long run. With traditional lock and key methods, you may have to frequently change locks and reissue keys if they are lost or stolen. This can be costly and time-consuming. With a more advanced access control system, you can easily deactivate lost or stolen access cards or change access codes, saving you time and money.

Enhancing Security through Integrated Systems

Criminals prefer to operate in the shadows to avoid detection, as being seen or heard raises the risk of capture. By upgrading your access control systems, you not only enhance security but also open the doors to integration with other systems like CCTV security cameras and alarms. This integration results in a more robust security infrastructure for your building, facilitating smoother monitoring and management.

Furthermore, the addition of CCTV cameras offers a third layer of security. EntroWatch can integrate camera footage into live tile screens and correlate it with specific door events which means you gain a comprehensive toolset for monitoring building security effectively.

Effortless Implementation with Existing Wiring

Access Control Systems, like the Entro series, can be implemented utilising existing wiring. If your business already retains network cables for internet connectivity, there should be no requirement for additional construction work within the building to install the system.

Biometric Scanners

Another advanced option for access control systems is the use of biometric scanners. These systems use unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprints or facial recognition, to grant access. Biometric scanners are nearly impossible to duplicate, making them extremely secure. They also eliminate the need for access cards or codes, making access even more convenient for authorised individuals.

Remote Access Control

With the rise of remote work, it’s important to have a way to grant access to individuals who may not physically be in the building. Remote access control allows for this by using software like EntroWatch to grant access to authorised individuals. This is especially useful for businesses with multiple locations or for granting temporary access to contractors or visitors.

How to Upgrade Your Access Control Systems

To ensure a successful upgrade, small business owners should follow these steps:

  1. Evaluate Your Current System

The first step in upgrading your access control systems is to evaluate your current system. Identify any weaknesses or areas for improvement. This will help you determine what type of upgrade is necessary and what features you need in a new system. To help you better understand your requirements and the options available, you can discuss them with one of our security experts here at Remsdaq.

  1. Set a Budget

Upgrading your access control systems can be a significant investment, so it’s important to set a budget before beginning the process. This will help you narrow down your options and ensure you choose a system that fits your needs and budget.

  1. Research and Compare Options

There are many different types of access control systems available, so it’s important to research and compare your options. Consider factors such as security, ease of use, and integration with other systems. Remsdaq offers a cost-effective, efficient range of access control systems.

  1. Work with a Professional

While some businesses may attempt to upgrade their access control systems themselves, it’s best to work with a professional. They have the expertise and experience to ensure a smooth and successful upgrade. Within the UK, Remsdaq offers a full turn-key solution for your access control requirements.

Real-World Examples of Access Control System

While our case studies often feature larger enterprises, such as the world-famous Natural History Museum, our Entro Series is equally adaptable and cost-effective for small businesses. Take a look at how our security system was implemented at the museum:

The world-famous Natural History Museum, built in 1881, is home to millions of natural wonders, from the blue whale to meteorites. It is probably best known for its dinosaurs, both skeletons and life-like, moving animatronics.

At the museum site, Remsdaq’s security system was installed, encompassing upgrades to the control room and CCTV system, installation of an advanced access control system, alarm enhancements, and improved security measures on external entrances.

This example illustrates the versatility of the Entro Series, which can be tailored to meet the unique needs of businesses, regardless of size. Whether you’re running a small office or a bustling fitness centre, our flexible and cost-effective solutions can provide the security and peace of mind you need.


In conclusion, access control systems offer a multitude of advantages for any business. Traditionally, businesses have relied on door locks and key lists to regulate access, but modern access control systems provide a more efficient and secure solution. By implementing systems like the Entro Access Control System, small business owners can enjoy improved security, streamlined operations, and cost savings.

These systems offer key features such as keyless entry, better access management, and integration with other security technologies like CCTV cameras and alarms. They can also be effortlessly implemented using existing wiring, making the upgrade process smoother and cost-effective.

Real-world examples, such as the installation at the Natural History Museum, showcase the adaptability and effectiveness of the Entro Series for businesses of all sizes. Whether you’re running a retail shop, a dental surgery, or a small solicitors’ practice, the Entro Series can be tailored to meet your unique security needs.

To ensure a successful upgrade, small business owners should evaluate their current systems, set a budget, research and compare options, and work with professionals like Remsdaq to implement the best solution. With access control systems, small businesses can enhance security, streamline operations, and protect their assets with confidence. Ready to take the next step towards a safer and more efficient workplace? Contact us today to explore how our tailored solutions can elevate your security strategy.