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Access Control Guidance

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Access control products are subject to fast-moving technological development. The section aims to raise awareness amongst end-users and specifiers of the different types of equipment that is available, the most appropriate environments for using them as well as the various physical measures they can be used in conjunction with.

 

From a security perspective, many of the design considerations needed for physical protection and electronic systems are the same. Therefore, by bringing together member companies involved in both aspects the section equips members with an even more comprehensive understanding of industry issues and standards. It also provides a lively forum for members to share best practice and develop guidance with a more integrated approach. The Access and Asset Protection Section sits in a strong position when it comes to lobbying for consistent standards and regulations. One of the section's main objectives is to persuade end users to place proper value on products tested and certified as conforming to market-recognised standards, and to reject non-compliant products.

 

The BSIA produces a wide range of guidance for buyers and installers of Access and Asset Protection solutions, as well as industry practitioners.

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A Guide to Access Control for the Utilities Sector


A guide to the application of access control systems for the utilities sector.

A specifiers guide to access control systems


Issue 3 of this guide describes features of access control systems and gives assistance to specifiers. Its classification scheme enables a security risk assessment to be linked to the recommended requirements for the system and the protection afforded by the associated door, turnstiles and locks, etc.

A guide to access control for the logistics and road transport sector 


A complimentary guide to the application of access control security systems for the road transport and logistics sector.

A guide to Access Control and Sustainability

Access Control - a user's basic guide

The BSIA Access and Asset Protection Section has recognised the growing range and complexity of Access Control systems and the need for professional specification, installation and use. This guide will help the user improve their knowledge of access control.

Access Control - an installer's basic guide

The BSIA Access and Asset Protection Section has recognised the growing range and complexity of Access Control systems and the need for professional specification, installation and use. This guide will help installers improve their knowledge of this subject.

A guide to Access Control in the retail sector


The retail sector faces a variety of threats all year round, including shoplifting, organised retail crime and dishonest staff, and these risks can increase significantly during busy shopping periods such as seasonal sales. This guide aims to help the retail sector to counter these risks through access control technology.

Secure your home


The top tips offered in this guide cover some vital ways that enhance your home security.

Access Control Systems and Disability Discrimination


These guidelines give advice and recommendations about the design of access control systems installed to improve the security of buildings whilst maintaining a level of convenience. Specifically the guidelines cover aspects of design related to ensuring that disabled persons do not suffer discrimination. In this context it means ensuring that the level of convenience for all users, disabled or not, is comparable.

A guide to access control in care homes


A complimentary guide to the application of access control security systems in care homes.

Biometrics - a user's practical guide


The guide outlines the factors that should be taken into consideration when using biometrics technology as part of a security solution. By offering practical advice on choosing the right biometric, understanding the technology and deciphering the jargon, the guide provides end-users with easy-to-follow guidance. This is an updated version published in October 2016.

Becoming a Working Group Expert


Guidance on what is involved in becoming a working group expert. Experts are a vital part of the standards development process as they often bring a practical element to the table. Their expertise in the subject matter enables other participants to understand how the standard will impact on the industry / sector concerned.

Security of Heritage Properties - a guide


This guide provides security advice relating to the protection of listed and heritage buildings, taking into account a range of security solutions that can be deployed where certain restrictions apply.

A guide to Token and Reader Technology in Access Control Systems


The aim of the leaflet is to help people make an informed choice when selecting the type of token (e.g. fob) that stores electronic information to identify a user to their security system.

Integrated Security Management Systems Guide


The guide provides an overview of the technologies that can be incorporated into Integrated Security Management Systems and the many benefits that an integrated approach can bring to a business's overall security.

Guide to Security Turnstiles


This guide provides details of the different style and type of turnstile systems, along with an indication of installation, inter-connectivity and interoperability of available systems. Comparisons between styles and types are included to help in the specification of the correct product.

An installer's guide to Internet Protocol (IP) in the security industry


This guide is aimed at providing installers with a basic understanding of the concepts of IP in security applications and to assist in the design and installation considerations. It forms part of a suite of documents produced to aid end-users, IT managers and installers at both a basic and a more technical level.

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Access Control Handbook and Logbooks (min qty 50)


The publication is an essential tool to accompany the installation of any access control security system. It contains guidance for customers on the management of their system.

A guide to access control for manufacturing sites


A guide to the application of access control systems for manufacturing sites.

A guide to access control for offices


A guide to the application of access control in offices.

Installation of access control systems using IP technology - a guide


These guidelines have been prepared to provide guidance on what an access control system will require from an IP system. It applies to systems combining access control functions with IP networks.

A guide to access control for the education sector


A guide to the application of access control in the education sector.

A guide to access control for the healthcare sector


A guide to the application of access control systems for the healthcare sector.

Cyber secure it - Best practice guidelines for connected security systems


This document summarises current guidelines to minimise the exposure to digital sabotage of network connected equipment, software and systems used in electronic security systems.