To use key fobs or access codes: that is the question that building security managers must ask themselves at some point. Technology is always improving, and along with it a number of accessories included in the automated security systems that control access to all kinds of properties. Automated gated systems are a big part of this trend as property owners find new, more advanced ways to tighten their entrances.

As you consider the bigger decisions, you’ll also have to address some of the smaller ones, such as whether key fobs, access codes, or some combination of the two should be integrated into your security system.

The Multiple Advantages of Key Fobs

Key fobs are one of the most common ways that technology enables people who oversee large numbers of tenants to secure the premises. The fobs do this using “radio frequency identification.” As Redfin explains, each “key fob is programmed to transmit a certain frequency when tapped against a sensor. The sensor will pick up on that frequency and run it through a central computer system, which will tell the sensor whether it’s a match or not.”

Numerous advantages can make this type of system right for a given property.

  • No Lock to Pick

There is no lock on the door to be picked or tampered with, boosting your building’s overall security.

  • Safety

Since fobs can’t easily be copied, they are considered a safer option than traditional keys.

  • Connection to Surveillance System

Remember: the fob is part of a larger electrical system. As surveillance becomes more popular, fobs can be connected to security cameras, giving folks more control over who accesses their property.

  • Manager Controls Whether Fobs Can Be Copied

The building manager also has the ability to control entry by guests – for example, allowing tenants to have their fobs copied.

  • Used in Elevators and Other Areas

Like access codes, key fobs are versatile in their uses. For example, many buildings require key fobs for entry to elevators as a second layer of security. They can also be programmed to connect to alarm systems and smartphones.

  • Usable During Power Outages

Key fobs come in handy during power outages, since they aren’t connected to the grid and can still be used for entry.

What You Should Know About Access Codes at Building Entrances

Punching in a four-digit access code is one of the most common ways that tenants and residents enter buildings all over the country, as well as other spaces within those same properties. The code is typically enabled by the installation of a control station that allows you to program in a broad range of commands to make it suited to the needs of your location.

  • Programmability

Access codes are programmable to address the specific needs of the facility or property. Therefore, when tenants turn over, it is easy to alter the list of who has access codes.

  • Convenience

No keys need to be collected; nor can they be lost.

  • Versatility

Because codes are controlled by software there is a lot of room for customization.

  • Disabling Feature for Security

Access codes can be disabled after a certain number of tries if an unauthorized person is attempting to enter a building by trying multiple codes.

  • “Sleep Code” Safety Feature

A “sleep code” may be used to shut down the system if there is a need to temporarily deny access to the premises.

  • Efficiency

There is an initial installation cost. But after that, there are fewer parts to track or supply to your residents.

Consult with Electronic Entry Systems (EES) for Your Northern Illinois Property

Electronic Entry Systems works with a broad range of residential and commercial properties to tailor the right security system for their needs. We will help you figure out what type of system is the safest and smartest choice for your location.

Contact us today for a free consultation to find out more about the options available and how they can boost protection on your property.