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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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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.

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Access Control Handbook and Logbooks

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.

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