Access control systems differ in price, scale and integration capability. How do you determine what is the right level of investment to make versus the value in return? The answer really depends on your requirements. High end access control systems offer greater flexibility, usability and integration with other systems. There are very few constraints on what is possible in terms of scale, application and integration.
Honeywell is a trusted, truly global brand. Their Pro-Watch 4.3 Connected Building Platform is a powerful, Enterprise-class solution used everywhere from airports to university campuses and by everyone from government departments to global businesses. It offers an enhanced user experience, fully-equipped mobile app, advanced compliance reporting and easy third-party software and hardware integration.
Integration with CCTV, door entry systems, intruder alarms and fire alarms, building management systems etc. comes more or less guaranteed. As the integration is managed and designed by Honeywell themselves, you get better support and no extra license fees. Although a lower budget access control system might offer video integration with a third-party CCTV product, it could be the CCTV manufacturer who has designed the integration and they may charge a considerable licence fee to do so.
When it comes to high end access control, what you are paying for is more power, more choice and more possibilities. Honeywell’s Pro-Watch 4.3 offers more tools in its mobile app alone than you might find in the desktop software of a lower budget access control system, for example. It allows you to manage time-sensitive access rights, look up card holder details, enable or disable cards and manage door access at any time, all via your smartphone from wherever you happen to be.
High end access control systems offer easier facilities management and more flexible and varied reporting capabilities. Pro-Watch comes with a "reports wizard" that hand-holds you through the process of setting up tailor made reports, to give you exactly the information you require. So, despite its applications being many and complex, it is still accessible for most users.
The area where high end access control systems excel however, is in their almost infinite scalability. Honeywell Pro-Watch 4.3 for example, is capable of holding the data of and supporting the access rights for more than a million cardholders and more than 10,000 doors. It can also be used across continents, linking sites around the world. This is an area where lower budget options cannot compete.
High end also means a high quality, and a solution that supports standards specific to your industry. As a business, you are looking at the lower liability risk and operating costs that go hand in hand with a proven, reliable, fault-tolerant solution. That means it is less likely to develop a fault and if it does, the whole system will not go down. Pro-Watch 4.3 also uses 256-bit server to controller encryption ideal for mission critical applications and reducing the risk of data leaks.
Finally, high end access control systems like Honeywell Pro-Watch have to be installed by an approved installer, such as ourselves. That means you are not only guaranteed a high-quality access control system but high-quality installation and integration too. Your initial investment may be greater, but in the long run, you will save money in a multitude of ways.
WLS is a Honeywell approved installer with 30+ years’ experience. Our engineers have received training from Honeywell and other major high end access control manufacturers. If you require a free site survey and quotation, contact is now on 020 8676 4300 or fill out a contact form and we will call you.
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