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The Benefits of Access Control: An Interview with Luis Rodriguez of Surveillance Technology Inc.

By Luis Rodriguez

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

At Surveillance Technology, we offer a wide variety of access control and surveillance products accompanied by installation and service. We use a consultative approach to determine the best technology and implementation to suite our client's specific goals. Our employees have over 45 years of experience in the industry and are constantly being educated on emerging technologies. Our company is fully licensed and insured and has been in business for more than 15 years servicing both commercial and residential clients.

Can you briefly explain what home access control is?

Residential access control systems offer a variety of features and functions. Via programming, they can control who and when a person can access any door or gate that is connected to the system. Most doors are secured via a magnetic door lock or a strike. One of the most popular residential devices is a video door phone which allows home owners to see who is at their front door via a video monitoring station before they open the door. Many of these systems also record a still image or short video clip as an added layer of protection. Other forms of residential access control device would include electronic gate operators and Telephone Entry systems. These systems are used on properties that have a vehicle gate and allow visitors to communicate with the main house to gain entry.

How much control and security does access control offer?

Residential access control system can offer the same levels of control and security as commercial systems. The most common control features are: who can access a specific area, what days and times those areas are available to be accessed along with the ability to track via software that has done so. The locking devices offer as much as 3200 foot pounds of restraining force which is more than enough to secure most doors or gates.

What are the main reasons people choose to install/use access control in their homes?

The primary reason people use residential access control systems are to allow access to their residence for others when they are not home. Most systems also allow them to track when the guest has entered the residence. The second most common reason is to see who is at their front door before they answer it.

What are some of the basic options that homeowners have for a new access control system?

There are really only a few options: Do they want to be able to track who and when has entered via software or would they like to have a video component so they can see who is requesting access. What type of credentials they would like to utilize to gain access such as: Key Card, Key Fob, Wireless Transmitter or Keypad. Additional options can include the type of locking mechanisms that are used and two-way communication such as a telephone entry system.

Do you have any tips to help people get the most out of their access control system?

Never purchase an access control system without a site visit from a knowledgeable professional. This is generally not a do it yourself project as there are many choices in, specifically, locking mechanism themselves and their installation. One size definitely does not fit all. Also wiring the systems can be tricky and difficult if you are not a trained professional.

What's the best way for people to contact your company?

The best way to contact our company is to call 727-791-7990 or send us an email at sales@surveillancetechnology.net.

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