Commercial/Building Access Control System Integrator: Design, Sales, Installation & Service
Building Access Control System Services -Cook-County, IL
Protect your organization from costs involving: Employees, Inventory, Theft, and more.
Andromeda sells, installs, services, and supports a host of recognized, top-quality access control systems in order to provide the best possible solution to your office and building security needs. We focus on Access Control installations for local, medium-sized businesses like yours in Cook County, IL.
By integrating an electronic building and office access system with security camera and burglar alarm systems through your computer data network, your business can reap many additional rewards beyond basic security/protection functions involving your employees, your inventory:
- Comprehensive intruder deflection & defense (including detection, restriction)
- Audit-trail and automated attendance reporting (to greatly improve and simplify other aspects of your daily, weekly, and annual tasks!)
No need to change locks, make or replace keys
All devices can be programmed by time-of-day and day-of-week on a "per entry-way" and "per employee" basis
Know who goes where and at what time - all the time!
Time and Attendance Reporting
Paperless time cards with break and lunch verification
Produce Email alerts and phone/camera system responses to entry breaches
Require two access methods for entry to sensitive areas
If someone does not enter legally, the same person is unable to exit.
Disable access entry at a moments notice.
Telephone System Control/Monitoring
Link 2-way intercom & door control to your phone handsets!
Andromeda Technology Solutions is a technical services provider offering 24/7 emergency response to areas like yours in Cook-County, IL with remote access converging voice, data, surveillance, and access control systems.
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We provide Building Access Control system design, installation, help, setup, repair, and tech support throughout Chicagoland and NE Illinois.
Besides the immediate Chicago metropolitan area, we are pleased to provide Access Control services to most of the surrounding suburbs.
AndroPedia Tech Library
As part of our service, it is important to keep our client-partners well informed on Access Control system developments, news, and best practices. Here is just a sampling of typical items from our AndroPediaSM library archive:
An access control system is a great investment in the overall security of your business. It can help keep criminals out but it can also tap into advanced integration and ramp up other areas of your business.
Here are 5 of the top ways an access control system can improve security and the day to day operations at your business:
1. You have absolute control of the entrances at your building
Unlike a traditional lock and key, an access control system gives you additional control over your building.
You can control what times your doors are accessible. You can also configure different shifts and remove access from employees during hours they aren’t supposed to be in your facility. Additionally, you can install a keypad with personalized pass codes so only approved staff can be on site after hours.
For businesses with sensitive areas inside their building, access control can create special zones within the building to ensure employees aren’t accessing areas where they don’t have clearance.
We often help businesses secure interior areas like server rooms and areas where sensitive information is present. That way, only the staff or technicians you want in those rooms can get in.
2. You can begin tracking different data as well as gather data in new ways.
Because access control systems keep logs of activity, there are many different data points available for tracking.
To build on our example from point 1 – imagine you did choose to secure your server room with access control. After adding this technology you can now produce records of how often people come and go from this room.
On top of this, you can also see exactly who is entering the server room. With this technology you can make sure that there aren’t any unusual behaviors or goings on when you aren’t around.
Another great tracking application of access control is employee time management. You can use these systems and even integrate software/hardware so that your entire clock in/clock out procedure is automated by swiping a card or fob upon entry of your facility.
Imagine the time you would save from switching from physical punch cards or time logs to an automated access control system! And don’t worry, there are features available to make sure that your employees can’t fool the system by passing back cards or clocking in for other employees.
3. Professional access control systems integrate with other hardware to produce an incredible enhanced security experience.
Access control is a great piece of added security to implement at your business. That goes without saying. But where a lot of the magic of security lives is in integrating different systems together.
For example, you can integrate your access control systems with your camera systems to make sure you have footage of all entry and exit at your facility.
You can also integrate your phone system with programming so that you can access to specific locations at your building through your phone system.
One of the most popular instances of this type of integration is centered on your main entrance.
Picture a visitor approaching your building. As this visitor walks towards your front door a camera senses movement and begins recording. Footage of this recording lives on your recorder for review at any time but with new software and integration your receptionist views a live feed of this visitor’s approach from their desktop monitor.
When the visitor gets to the front door, they ring a buzzer that signals the receptionist on their telephone. An intercom at your front door allows the visitor to identify themselves.
At this point, your front desk can confirm the visitor is expected and press a button either on their phone or at their desk to release the access control locks on your front door. This allows the visitor into your building.
Pretty cool right?
4. You have protection against forgetful employees or “accidents”
We’ve all forgotten our keys or forgotten to lock the door at least once.
With access control you can rest easy knowing that your doors are secured. You can set your system up to alert you if an entry is made after hours as well.
With security camera integration you can make sure that nothing strange is going on when an employee enters and exits outside of your normal business window too.
Another added bonus of your access control system comes with programming that alerts you if a door has been left open for an extended period of time. This means that a door won’t accidentally be left ajar after work.
With special programming you can set up your access control system to integrate you’re your burglar system. With this integration you can program fobs to automatically disarm your alarm system after hours. You can also program your system to alert authorities immediately in specific situations if desired.
5. You get remote access/control of your system
The systems Andromeda installs for our clients have remote programming options that enhance your overall experience and capabilities.
If you want to disable a fob it is as simple as logging in and making changes on your computer. Unlike keys, you don’t have to change the locks when a fob is lost or stolen. Simply deactivate the clearance for that specific fob and it will no longer unlock any doors at your building.
Remote access and control also gives you the ability to lock or unlock your facility from anywhere. If you need to let an employee in the building on a one time basis or want to give a technician access to a zone in your building, you can do so without being physically present.
This is a great tool for most business owners but really comes in handy for property managers. Imagine being able to control access remotely for tenants in the middle of the night or for a worker who needs to get in the building without having to drive across town.
These are just five different ways an access control system can improve your business. With integration there are many more options and capabilities.
If an access control system is something you are considering, please don’t hesitate to call our office and reach out.
We would love to help build a solution that provides all of the above features and unparalleled security for your building.
If you have any questions regarding materials in this brief or any feedback we’d love to hear from you.
To schedule a meeting or speak with our sales & engineering team please give us a call at (815) 836-0030 or email us at Contact@WeNetwork.com
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Whether you have a camera system already or you’re looking into installing some professional security cameras at your offices, there are some common areas that you’ll want to consider.
Additionally, you’ll want to consider the different purposes/reasons for your cameras. Things like:
- Loss Prevention
- Monitor Traffic
- Quality Assurance
An Integrated Security Company like Andromeda can help you set your system up with these purposes in mind. There are also opportunities to integrate your professional security cameras with other technologies at your business like your phone system or access control solution. Make sure to discuss this with your security vendor or give us a call.
Without further ado – here are the top 5 areas you’ll want to think about for the CCTV Camera System at your office.
1. Parking Lot
Parking lots see a lot of activity every day. Your employees come and go, clients, vendors and more. With all of this traffic the risk of an accident increases and you’ll want to think about whether that risk impacts your business.
By monitoring your parking lot you will have recordings and evidence for things related to deliveries, car accidents, slips & falls, visitors and also any suspicious activity during off hours. This will help you avoid false claims, deter criminal activity and more.
2. Major Entrances / Exits
Monitoring traffic in and out of your buildings is one of the first items most business owners and property managers discuss when looking for a camera system. You want to know who comes and goes at your offices.
By monitoring entrances and exits to the building, you’ll deter wrong doers from bad behaviors or criminal behaviors
It is important to consider entrances and exits within your building as well for this type of surveillance. Do you need to record activity in a server closet? An area with confidential records? What about different zones at your facility? These are all things to consider.
3. Storage Areas
Depending on your business and services, you may have a storage area where you keep supplies, ingredients, parts or more. It is important to address what security solutions you need to make sure that things are organized and secure at the same time.
Setting up a security camera to monitor activity in a storage area can help with loss prevention but it will also protect you in the event of an accident.
4. Break Room
The break room is often an afterthought for professional security cameras but this is a space many businesses are beginning to consider as a part of their security vulnerabilities. Break rooms are an area where employees hang out. This means that there is opportunity for disagreements and disputes. Setting up a camera creates record in case this occurs.
Also, break rooms are places where accidents are likely to happen. Spilled drinks, food etc. can increase the chances of slips and falls. Setting up a camera in this space helps you protect the business and the employees from risks like these. Plus . . . with cameras, employees really think twice about grabbing drinks, snacks and food that aren’t theirs.
5. Staging Areas
Depending on your business, you may also have an area where product is staged for shipment, delivery or installation. If that is the case you will certainly want to have a camera monitoring activity here. Setting up a camera solution in this spot will deter employees, drivers, vendors and all other visitors from suspicious activity.
Beyond criminal or suspicious activity, monitoring a staging area allows you to collect important data.
A delivery driver says they never picked up a shipment – you’ve got footage.
An employee believes they forgot to include an item or items – you’ve got footage
You need to know the exact time a shipment left your facility and the paperwork on it went missing – you’ve got footage
There are other areas and things you’ll want to consider for your CCTV camera system but if you are just getting started, these five spaces are a great first step.
It should be said as well that installing professional security cameras will not prevent accidents, crime or other bad things from taking place. Security cameras capture evidence for you and serve as a deterrent for bad behavior. Most criminals will think twice if they know they are on candid camera after all.
Cameras also serve to protect BOTH your business AND your employees.
When it comes to putting together a strong security solution for your business, you’ll also want to consider things like access control (keyless entry), burglar alarms, integrated solutions and more. When you tie these systems together you can do some truly amazing things – just ask our team!
If you have any questions or comments you’d like to share please reach our team at (815) 836–0030 or send us an email at Contact@WeNetwork.com.
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On paper, UltraViolet seemed like a great idea.� It was (and still is, for the moment) a service that stored your license information for various digital media you purchased.
You could buy a movie from Amazon Prime, buy something else from some other online vendor, and watch them on any number of devices without having to log into individual services.
You could even use the service to redeem digital copies of movies that are sometimes made available when you buy a physical copy of a movie.
Unfortunately, the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), the group of companies that created UltraViolet, has now decided to end their experiment and is in the process of closing down the service due to changes in the marketplace.
As Wendy Aylsworth, the head of the DECE explained:
"The marketplace for collecting entertainment content was very small when UltraViolet started.� It was siloed into walled gardens at the time."
That's clearly no longer the case. A variety of companies have now launched similar services including industry heavyweights like Disney with their Movies Anywhere service.
From now until July 31st, you'll be able to continue to use UltraViolet to watch movies you have in your library and to redeem digital copies of physical purchases you've made if (and as) they are offered.� After July 31st, however, the only way you'll be able to access your movies is to log onto the site or service you purchased them from, or link those accounts to some other comparable service.
In many ways, UltraViolet was ahead of its time and it enjoyed a good run, making the lives of digital consumers of media much simpler than it otherwise would have been.� Unfortunately, all good things eventually come to and end, and for UltraViolet, the end is July 31st, 2019.