Access control. What is it? Why is it so important, especially for people who have small businesses? Access control is exactly how it sounds: it allows you to control who has access to a given door. This can be as simple as a stand-alone door with a digital keypad code, or as robust as a full-integrated security system with interlocked doors and IP controllers, linked to CCTV, intercoms, and remote security systems. We provide a full range of access control options, but which one is right for you and your small business? Here’s a bit of information to help you start to formulate that decision, and ultimately bring your security system up to date.

Digitalized security

At the end of the work day, you close down your business and expect that when you open that door again, everything will be as it was. The days of simply locking the door and walking away are long over; access control goes way beyond what a lock and key can do to protect the business that you’ve worked so hard for. While potential thieves and vandals can pick (or even sometimes saw off) most locks, a digital lock isn’t physical, and so isn’t vulnerable to lock-picking.

Easy to change

If someone loses their copy of the key, you’ll have to go through the headache of getting your whole lock changed, making as many copies as you need, making sure that no one mistakenly switches the old keys… the list goes on. With a digital keypad, whenever you want a new lock, you simply change the password. With a key fob, you change the digital signal inside. This convenience not only saves you time, but makes sure that when you change the “keys”, you’ve started completely from scratch and have wiped the slate clean.

Adaptable and customizable security

Access control systems are also adaptable to whatever needs your small business may have. If your door is in an outdoor environment, our systems can be made to resist weather. If your business is a multi-layered enterprise that needs to have differing levels of access to different rooms (such as one for clients, one for upper management, etc.), we can accommodate that and create a discreet solution. If you need to create a simple and easy-to-use access control system for shops or residential properties like in a multi-unit complex, then that can also be provided. Finally, if you have surveillance cameras or other security systems already in place, access control can be readily integrated into that system and make it work even better, keeping you even more secure. Whatever your needs and current situation are, access control is great because it is adaptable and can fit into any space. This is excellent news for those who have already invested in some sort of system, and do not want to have to throw that investment away and start over in order to get state-of-the-art security.

The bottom line

A door symbolizes security, and is often the only barrier between your business and the outside world. If you haven’t delved into the world of access control, your small business can be vulnerable to unwanted intrusions. Keeping your door closed is the best preventative measure against these potential intrusions. Access control systems are everywhere, from apartment buildings to shopping complexes; shouldn’t you also have one that works? Trust the experienced live video monitoring professionals at Black Knight Security to make sure that your business’s doors stay closed until you decide that it’s time to open them. Email us at, or call us toll-free at 1-855-618-0151 and locally at 604-618-0151.