Elevator Security - PEAK Elevator
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Elevator Security

In the wake of 9/11, security measures were analyzed at access point in commercial and residential buildings across the country. The results showed elevators were a consistent weak link, as they enabled access to most floors throughout the building. Since that time, elevator manufacturers and contractors have worked with building owners and property managers to confine access to only those who have reason to be there.

Increase Safety Measures

The addition of security guards and surveillance camera systems reduce the building’s entrance vulnerabilities. Security can also be enhanced by adding elevator access system control, card-based systems may involve installing a card reader in the elevator. The security card is given to every person that is allowed access to the building and is coded for a certain level of access. Visitors to an office building can be given access to only a specific floor, authorized personnel may have access to all floors or particular floors. This level of control can be implemented during specific timeframes, or at all times.

Common Vulnerability

Intruders may know that the elevator is the least secure area of the building and can capitalize on that weakness to achieve entry. A person without an access card can follow a group into a lift without raising concerns, and get off on whichever floor meets their needs. This is especially true if the cards swiped access several floors, enabling the intruder to piggyback on the swipe.

Strengthen Elevator Security

Elevator security can be compromised in many ways. Although card access in the car helps, there are additional methods that may be implemented. Barrier walls between the lobby of each floor and the interior areas that require card swipes for access add to security without significant inconvenience to occupants. Optical turnstiles and video cameras enable more secure access and a visual record of who accessed which floors. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss modernizing or replacing existing safety and security.

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