Especially if your business extends across a large patch of land, it can be a challenge to control access to your premises. You may want to secure the entire perimeter of your property, or you may wish to leave the wider site open to guests, and simply restrict access to certain areas. However you choose to cordon off your business, there are several options available to you. You can always just use traditional keys — but for commercial premises, there are often more convenient solutions. Each has its pros and cons — so which is best for your business?
Rather than requiring every person to use a key, many commercial premises use buzzer access. This allows employees inside to control who can and cannot enter. For example, you may see buzzer entry systems on industrial sites, or in high-end retail locations such as jewellery stores. This option is very secure, but it does require a member of staff to be paying attention at all times to prevent would-be visitors from waiting around indefinitely.
Many business sites with barriers at the entrance provide their staff members with remote control buttons to gain entry; the barriers will then close a safe amount of time after their vehicle has passed through. This is a convenient way of allowing staff access without requiring them to be admitted by any other staff member, or having to leave their vehicle. However, it does mean you'll need to purchase a button for each employee.
This is another way of avoiding the logistical nightmare of having to provide every single staff member or visitor with a key, and also eliminates the requirement for another staff member to be paying constant attention to the entry point. Keypads also make it very easy to 'change your locks' by updating your codes as often as you choose to. However, there are some downsides. Codes can be forgotten, and only employees will know them in the first place; this restricts all visitors from entering. Codes can always be shared, and there's little way of getting around this.
No solution is ever perfect, and choosing the right system for your business is always a matter of examining your priorities and specific needs. However, you should remember that you don't need to restrict yourself to just one option. You can step around many of these downsides by combining two systems together — like having keypad access control with a backup buzzer in case of visitors or forgetful staff members. Combine as many elements as you require to make your business both safe and convenient. It will always be worth it in the long run.