Access control provides the ability to control, monitor and restrict the movement of people, assets or vehicles in, out and around a building or site. Products range from token based systems and digital keypads, through to biometric identification systems and the associated hardware.
Access control products are subject to fast-moving technological development. A major focus of the BSIA Access Control Committee is to raise awareness amongst end-users and specifiers of the different types of equipment that is available and the most appropriate environments for using them.
Recent discussions with the Association of British Insurers highlighted the fact that insurers would find it useful if the level of security offered by a particular type of access control is specifically defined, which has led the BSIA to look at the production of guidance material.
Although BSIA member companies provide training related to their products, there are a variety of generic skills relating to IT, locking systems and electro-magnetic compatibility, which are key to providing high-quality installation work.
The Association has been working on training and qualification initiatives that meet these installer needs.
The BSIA works to ensure that companies in the sector can deal with the implications of quickly changing technology. The Association is heavily involved in the development of standards at both national and European level. The Committee has also changed the rules of membership to be more inclusive of other technologies related to access control - photo-ID badging being one example.