As in most secure premises, in hospitals and medical facilities there are areas that patients and members of the public must not be allowed to access. In radiotherapy departments or surgical theatres, for example, unauthorised intrusion could pose a risk to their safety, while restricted access is of the utmost importance in children’s wards and laboratories. Without an access control system, patients or visitors could enter restricted or sensitive areas, disrupting the work of clinicians and even putting the welfare of others at risk.
Because there are different types of access control systems, it’s important to understand how they work and how they may be suited to different areas within your hospital building.
Types Of Door Access Control Systems
There are 5 types of access control systems to consider for your hospital or medical facility:
1) Manual Access Control
Manual access control systems are commonly found at specific entry points that are manned by staff, such as the entrance to nightclubs. Staff identify whether people may enter according to whether they meet agreed criteria, such as being in possession of a valid entry ticket. These access controls are especially suited to manned points, where security staff are constantly present, and a high number of visitors is expected.
2) Mechanical Access Control
Mechanical access controls uses mechanics to keep an access point secure. Cylinder or barrel locks that are opened with a key are examples of mechanical access. Staff who have authority to access a restricted area protected by mechanical access controls may have to be supplied with a key, or security personnel must be present to allow entry when required.
3) Electronic Access Systems (Standalone And Online)
If more advanced security controls are required, electronic access control systems are a suitable choice. In this situation, access is only granted to personnel who present a valid card, fob, or badge, usually to a reader. For example, a plastic card may be swiped through a reader to activate a turnstile or lock. A record of everyone who has accessed the system may be retained for security purposes.
Standalone electronic access systems are used in single locations with access decisions made locally in the standalone unit. Online systems offer higher levels of security, as real-time messages can be exchanged between the software and the components to offer more robust controls; also, other systems can be incorporated, such as lift controls, CCTV, and alarm systems.
4) Mechatronic Access Control
Mechatronic access combines mechanical and electronic technology. The electronic system is activated with a card, code, or fob, before the member of staff can use a key to operate the mechanical lock. This system offers a double layer of protection to keep restricted areas of hospitals safe.
5) Physical Access Systems
Physical access systems play a key role in protecting restricted areas from unauthorised access. Such systems include turnstiles (half or full-height), sensor barriers, revolving doors, and security interlocks.
Contact HDI Systems To Improve Your Hospital’s Medical Security
At HDI Systems, we offer advanced access control systems for hospitals and other premises, that can be effectively combined with CCTV and security systems. Our solutions incorporate the latest technology, including biometric fingerprints and retina recognition, to minimise the opportunity for unauthorised people to gain access to your hospital’s most sensitive areas. To find out more or to arrange a free, no-obligation quotation, please get in touch today.
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