What is Access Control?

As the name implies, Access Control is a security technology that allows its manager to control who has access to certain locations and when they have access to them. Common applications include areas as large as campuses, buildings, and factories or as small as sections of buildings, office spaces, and storage rooms.

Types of Access Control we offer

Card Reader Systems

Each access solution is unique, which is why we offer a variety of card reader systems. These include everything from HID proximity key cards to ID badges to key fobs. Each solution tailored to our customers’ needs.

Intercom Systems

We offer a range of systems that include any combination of voice, video, and remote lock and release. These are beneficial for facilities where access needs to be requested, verified and approved or denied.


Video Surveillance Integration

Our access control solutions are not just stand-alone systems. They can be integrated with our video surveillance systems for added levels of security.

Biometric Scanners

Does your facility have extremely restricted areas that require a higher level of security than is provided with a traditional Access Control solution? We offer robust solutions that include fingerprint and retinal scanners.

Why is Access Control important?

While an old-fashioned lock and key might have worked well enough years ago, it’s definitely not the most effective or efficient way to secure a building today. With an Access Control System you can:

Provide a Safer Working Environment

With access being limited, you can worry less about suspicious individuals entering your building.

Reduce Theft

Thieves will have a harder time getting to valuable equipment with access being limited to certain people at certain times.

Eliminate Key Challenges

With Access Control, you no longer need to copy keys and change locks.

Provide Remote Access to Locations

Give maintenance workers access without being physically present.

Monitoring Activity

Report and log when employees arrive/leave the facility.

How does Access Control work?

Access Control might sound confusing, but it is relatively simple. Identify a location where access needs to be limited or restricted. Determine who should have access to said location. Decide when they should have access—and then you’re done. Below, we’ve outlined a simple example of what access control looks like in a practical sense.

 You are the facility manager for a high school and have five main types of people entering and leaving your building: students, teachers, administrative staff, janitorial staff, and visitors. You decide to install a card reader Access Control System in your building, meaning that to enter certain areas of the building an individual will need to scan an individually programmed key card.

Levels of Access


Students do not need special access to the building, or any of its rooms, so you don’t give them key cards. Instead, you leave the outer doors of the building unlocked from 7:00-8:00 AM and 3:00-5:00 PM (when they arrive and leave school).


Because some teachers work late and lead after-school activities, they need access to the building and their classrooms around the clock. You grant them this access from 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Administrative Staff

Just like the teachers, some administrative staff members work late or have other commitments on campus after school hours. As such, they need access to the building and their offices from 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM.


Responsible for cleaning the entire building, the janitorial staff needs access to all areas of the building every hour of the day.


Daily visitors such as parents, guardians, education officials, and community members don’t need permanent access, but will need to get around your facility. Guest key cards can be created for these persons with limited access and are deactivated after a set time.

Why choose an EPS Access Control solution?

  • Technical experience & engineering

    We are unrivaled in our attention to detail and the human capital that we invest in the design, engineering, installation, and monitoring of our security solutions. We have a team of specialized engineers on staff as well as project managers, CAD designers, and technical support experts who are all rigorously trained and proficient in their respective disciplines. Our technicians receive specialized training from industry-leading manufacturers, so they’re always current on the latest products and techniques.

  • Partnerships to provide customers with the best in the business

    We have partnerships with some of the most recognized and respected manufacturers in the industry. These manufacturers include:

  • Service you can count on

    Standard Access Control customers at EPS receive the following services to keep their systems functioning at the highest level possible:

    • Maintenance, repair, and replacement on system components that fail under normal conditions
    • Priority response on service and issues
    • Continued service and support when you need it most
    • Potentially integrate to video surveillance solutions
  • Managed Access Control

    Unlike some other security companies, we offer a unique premium management service to our Access Control customers, which means we take care of all of the changes to your system, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Services include:

    • Adding new employees & removing former employees
    • Setting specific activation dates or deactivate access cards
    • Limit access to areas on specific dates, such as holidays, or certain times
    • Track employee entry times and receive scheduled activity
  • Experience across industries

    Our dedicated Access Control team manages nearly 1,000 buildings for our customers. We have installed systems in facilities including:

    • Data Centers
    • Correctional Facilities
    • City/County Public Buildings
    • Schools
    • Doctors Offices
    • Fitness Clubs
    • Manufacturing Facilities
    • Banks
    • Multi-Tenant Properties

What does working with EPS look like?

For more than 65 years, we have been helping organizations throughout Michigan protect their products, employees, and customers. Our processes have been tested thousands of times on thousands of different business, so when we say you can rely on our structured plan of engagement, we mean it.

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