Security Systems

Access Control Installation

Enhance the security of your premises with comprehensive access control, intercom, and door entry systems. RACAM specialises in access control installation tailored for businesses across Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Central Scotland. Get in touch now to arrange your new access control system installation.

Keyless Access Control System Installation in Glasgow

Our team of professional access control installers provide a diverse range of keyless access control systems, from standalone to PC-based options, all designed to integrate effortlessly with existing alarm systems for robust, comprehensive security.

Our Range Of Access Control Systems

Different types of access control systems offer unique features and benefits tailored to specific security needs and infrastructure considerations.

1. Standalone & Networked Systems

Standalone: These systems control access at a single point, like a door, without requiring a connection to a centralised system. For example, a small retail store might have a single locked door at its entrance, which requires a PIN to enter. Only the store owner and authorised employees would know the PIN for their keypad systems.

Networked: These systems connect multiple access points to a central server, allowing for broader control and monitoring. In a large corporate office building with multiple entrances, elevators, and restricted areas, employees might use a swipe card to access different parts. All these access points report back to a central security office.

2. Wireless Access Control System

These are security systems that use wireless technology to communicate. For instance, a modern art gallery could have electronic locks on all its exhibition rooms that communicate wirelessly with a central system. This allows the gallery to remotely lock or unlock it’s automatic doors without physical cabling.

3. Audio & Video Door Entry Systems

Audio: These systems allow occupants to speak with visitors before granting access. In a gated residential community, visitors might press a buzzer at the gate, and residents can then speak to them using an intercom system.

Video: Systems that enable both voice and visual verification. An example would be an apartment complex with a camera-equipped buzzer system. When visitors press the buzzer, residents can view a live video feed of the visitor inside their apartment.

4. VOIP Intercom Systems

Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) intercom systems use internet connectivity to facilitate communication between the intercom stations and the control centre. A university with multiple campuses might use a VOIP intercom system to communicate between its security booths. Operating over the university’s existing internet infrastructure, it’s a cost-effective way to connect distant locations.

5. Biometric Systems

Biometric systems grant or deny access based on unique biometric data, such as fingerprints, facial recognition, or iris scans. They offer a high level of security since biometric traits are unique to each individual, making it difficult to duplicate or forge.

Examples include a high-security research facility using facial recognition technology for lab access and a fitness centre using fingerprint scanners for facility access.

Key Benefits of Access Control Systems

  • Enhanced security: Access control systems restrict access only to those who have authorisation. This minimises the risk of unauthorised access and potential security breaches for businesses.

  • Improved control: With advanced door access control solutions, you have full control over who can enter specific areas of your premises, granting access to authorised personnel only.

  • Audit trail and monitoring: Detailed audit trails allow you to monitor access logs and track the movement of individuals within your premises.

  • Scalability: Access control systems are designed to be scalable and adaptable to your evolving needs.

  • System integrations: Modern access control systems can be integrated with other security systems like CCTV, alarms, and fire control systems, enhancing overall security and operational efficiency.

  • Reduced dependency on physical keys: Eliminate the risks associated with lost, duplicated, or stolen traditional keys. Lost cards or fobs can be quickly deactivated, ensuring security isn’t compromised.

  • Cost savings: Over time, electronic access control systems can prove more cost-effective by reducing expenses associated with rekeying locks, managing physical keys, and addressing security breaches.

  • Flexibility in access permissions: Customise access levels for each individual, allowing certain employees access only during specific hours or days, providing flexibility in managing personnel access.

  • Increased employee safety: By restricting access to authorised individuals, the safety of employees is enhanced as potential threats from unauthorised entrants are minimised.

  • Efficient visitor management: Offer temporary access codes or badges for visitors, ensuring they have access only to designated areas and for a specific duration.

  • Remote access control: Some advanced systems allow for remote control via smartphones or computers, enabling security management even when administrators are not on-site.

Why Choose RACAM For Access Control Installations

Whether you require a single-door access control solution for a small office or a sophisticated networked system for a large commercial building, we have a diverse range of systems available to meet your specific requirements.



Access Control System Installation FAQs

Access control system installation involves setting up the necessary equipment and software to make the access control system operational. This typically includes installing card readers, biometric scanners, security cameras, and the central control unit.

It also involves configuring the system’s settings and user permissions to ensure it works as intended. Proper installation is crucial to ensure the system effectively regulates access to physical areas or digital resources, enhancing security.

Access control systems should be installed at security-critical points like building entrances, secure rooms, and data centres. They can also be used for digital resources like computer networks and databases, ensuring that only authorised individuals can gain access to sensitive information or areas. The choice of installation locations depends on the specific security needs of the organisation or property.

The time it takes to install access control on a door can vary depending on several factors, such as the complexity of the system and the specific door. In general, a straightforward installation for a single door can typically be completed in a few hours.

However, more complex systems or installations involving multiple doors may take longer, potentially a full workday or more. The exact duration will depend on the installer’s expertise and the specific requirements of the access control system.

A door access control system is a security setup that regulates entry to a building or specific areas within it. It typically includes devices like card readers, keypads, or biometric scanners, and a central control unit.

Authorised individuals use their credentials, such as a key fob, key card, or PIN number, to gain access. This ensures that only those with permission can enter. This system is commonly used in offices, hotels, and other facilities to safeguard against unauthorised entry.

The cost of an access control system can vary widely depending on factors like the system’s complexity, the number of doors or entry points it needs to secure, and the specific features or technology used.

For a basic, single-door system, costs may start at a few hundred pounds. More comprehensive systems with advanced features or a higher number of access points can cost several thousand pounds or more. Additionally, ongoing expenses may include maintenance and support.

It’s essential to get a customised quote based on your specific needs to determine the precise cost of an access control system for your situation.


The three types of access control are Mandatory Access Control (MAC), Discretionary Access Control (DAC), and Role-Based Access Control (RBAC).

  1. Mandatory Access Control (MAC): This type enforces strict rules and policies, often based on security clearances. Users have limited control over access permissions, and decisions are typically made by administrators.
  2. Discretionary Access Control (DAC): DAC allows users more control. Users can set permissions on their own files and resources, deciding who can access them. It’s more flexible but requires responsible use.
  3. Role-Based Access Control (RBAC): In RBAC, access is determined by a user’s role or job function. Users are assigned roles with specific permissions, making it easier to manage access for large organisations.

One common example of an access control system is an electronic key card system used in hotels. Guests are issued key cards that allow them to unlock and access their assigned rooms. The system restricts access to only those with a valid key card, enhancing security and ensuring only authorised guests can enter their rooms.

The most common access control method is Role-Based Access Control (RBAC). In this system, access is granted based on a user’s role within the company, ensuring that lower-level employees can’t access high-level information.