In access control, the locks, readers and credentials may be what most see but its the management software where everything is controlled. In this guide, we cover the most common parts of this software and provide an overview of how the pieces relate to managing an access system.
The function of Access Control Management software is fourfold, with distinct functions and management focuses:
- Live View: Displaying the current state of the access system; if doors are locked/unlocked, and which users are interacting with doors.
- Door Management: Configuring every opening is critical, to ensure it opens and remains locked on schedule or depending on credential.
- Cardholder Management: Administering all potential users for their needed access privileges, and updating those records as needed.
- Reporting: This offers users to forensically review log details collected by the system - when and where credentials were used, and when openings were unlocked.
We examine each of these four areas inside.