The Benefits of Integrated Access Control and CCTV Surveillance Systems

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Deploying an integrated access control and CCTV surveillance system can significantly improve an organization’s security provision, but can actually deliver real business benefits on a broader scale, experts in this field believe.

Typically, access control is a part of a building or office manager’s responsibility, but the process is often simple and has little oversight. If a keycard is presented, a door will open, regardless of who is using the keycard or whether or not they are supposed to be at work on a given day.

As business functions digitalise, however, better ways of securing the workplace via access control emerge. IP-networked video cameras provide extensive real-time information that can be put to use beyond the traditional applications of surveillance.

In the case of access control, data from the video surveillance network is combined with data from access control – and other sources – into a single platform for a truly smart, efficient and secure system.


Organizations looking to improve their site’s security and prevent crime can do so by installing a comprehensive, high-end CCTV surveillance system, fully integrated with a secure and reliable Access Control solution.

Access Control Wales has an extensive experience in both segments (CCTV and Access Control) and we are able to easily offer such an extensive level of functionality for all of our systems.

As they’re built around the same cutting-edge technology platform, Tensor.NET, both the WinAC.NET and WinTA.NET suites support an extensive level of CCTV integration.

Video clips retrieved from CCTV cameras are associated with access control activity are available when CCTV is integrated with Tensor.NET.

The cameras are allocated to location entries created in Tensor.NET, which are then linked to smart card scanners or push buttons in the Hardware Manager. Furthermore, multiple cameras can be allocated to the same location, or multiple locations can be assigned to the same camera and lock sensors are connected directly to the CCTV’s DVR.

As a lock is released, an alarm event triggers the recording of video footage for the event. This footage is then available for playback in Tensor.NET, either by location or as a link in an access control report. Screen displays are provided to report upon access events, including links to play the related video clip.

Additionally, the application allows either live or historic video to be viewed for periods not linked to any specific Access Control event.

If you’d like to find out more about Access Control Wales’ CCTV integration options, as well as the multiple useful features provided by our Time and Attendance and Access Control systems, just contact us and we’ll be sure to answer all of your queries on the matter.

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