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JUL 2019

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S18 ACCESS CONTROL Trends And Technology | JULY/AUGUST 2019 How to Assess True Cost Differences of Various Security Entrances When you are looking at the costs of any product or solution, it is not enough to look at the price tag on what you're purchasing. There are also intangible costs and other factors that have an impact on the bottom line. Image Courtesy of BigStock.com When you consider security entrances or access control it pays to look at the full picture of what your costs will be By Mark Perkins In planning a comprehensive security program, every choice you make has consequences. Because budgets are never unlimited, costs need to be balanced carefully against needs to make sure you are properly protected against risk, threats and liability. When you are looking at the costs of any product or solution, it is not enough to look at the price tag on what you’re purchasing. There are also intangible costs and other factors that have an impact on the bottom line. For example, in addition to capital expenditures, you need to factor in annual operating costs and any additional staff or other resources you will have to deploy along with your new product. Only when you understand the full value of each product or solution you are considering, will you have a complete picture of what it will cost your organization. This is certainly true for security entrances. Security entrances are a smart choice to provide both the entry and the access control for a campus or facility. However, when it comes to controlling access, there are many different types of needs and differing levels of security depending on the location and function of the entry. There’s also a wide range of security entrances; some are more budget friendly, others more attractive architecturally and some offer greater levels of control.

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