Access Control Systems

An access control system from Richmond Security will allow the right people in while keeping the wrong people out.

Protect customer records, sensitive data, and proprietary assets—while gaining complete and total control over who, where, and when access is authorized.

Access control does more than protect assets and provide physical security. It also provides audit trails for detailed records of who is granted access and when.

Our robust access control software platform gives you granular control of your operation and the peace of mind that comes with knowing your most important assets are secure.

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Real-time reporting and access

Real-time reporting and access

See precisely what is going on in your building or office in real-time. Discover hidden insights while being able to look holistically at the bigger picture.



Whether you need to secure one door or a thousand—access control systems from Richmond Security are easy to scale, install, and manage.

User-friendly operation and maintenance

User-friendly operation and maintenance

Simplicity is key when it comes to access control systems. Easily train anyone to manage and maintain the entire system from a single remote location.

Access Control Features

Facilities and IT managers can grant tiered access to specific individuals with access control. This way, they can easily track where they go and what they access.

In addition, security managers can instantly grant temporary access, revoke access, or lock down doors altogether. They can do all this onsite or remotely through a connected device.

Access Control Systems can be securely managed through an onsite software installation or cloud-based access control hosting to prevent unauthorized access.

Our systems can handle thousands of users and hundreds of doors seamlessly at a single location or across multiple physical sites.

Additionally, Richmond Security systems easily integrate with related systems. Combine access control with video monitoring, photo ID badging, elevator controls, and parking gate controls.

An access control card reader

An access control system being programmed to work with a video surveillance system.

Types Of Access Control

There are two basic types of access control: Mechanical Access Control and Electronic Access Control

Mechanical Access Control (MAC) primarily deals with doors, frames, and mechanical lock hardware. Electronic Access Control (EAC) deals card readers, electronic locks and keypad entry systems.

Some common industry integrations and uses of Electronic Access Control include:

  • Industry-specific programs: Integrate your EAC with industry-specific needs
  • Visitor management systems and programs: Keep track of who comes and goes in the course of a day
  • Integrated EAC: Monitor multiple systems throughout shared spaces and remote locations

Customized to Fit Your Security Needs

Richmond Security adjusts your Access Control to fit your organization’s particular needs and functions.

Employees and visitors alike will be able to focus on the task at hand instead of safety and security considerations.

A customized access control system will give you and your employees total peace of mind and allow you to manage your organization confidently; while protecting people, property, and assets.

Workers being protected by a customized access control solution



Proximity cards and prox readers provide businesses with the advantage of easy-to-use access credentials. They allow employees to easily scan in and out of protected spaces. Proximity cards can be printed on, allowing them to double as ID badges for your employees and guests.

Unlike a mechanical key, a prox card can be quickly deleted if lost or traced through the access control system to see if an unauthorized person is using it. There are several Prox Card technologies and formats to choose from, such as key cards and key fobs. Let our experts guide you through the process of selecting the correct credential and reader for your operation.


Sometimes, standard proximity cards and readers may not be enough security for sensitive data or projects. Biometric access control systems use the physical characteristics of an individual, like a fingerprint, hand geometry, iris structure, or facial features. It then converts that into a usable data stream for the access control system.

Biometrics tie a person to a user record more securely than proximity cards alone. When used with proximity cards, biometrics adds another layer of certainty that the user is who they are presenting to be. Many factors determine whether biometrics is the right solution for your business. Let our team help you choose the appropriate technology based on your security and operational needs.


When access control is paired with intrusion detection and monitoring, a business can create an impenetrable, integrated commercial security system. Our monitored intrusion detection systems will protect your business and assets.

Electronic Security is an essential part of your total security solution. An intrusion detection system gives you peace of mind, knowing that your building is secured when you are away.

Integrating this type of electronic security with access control and video surveillance gives you 24/7 control over your business and operation. Our systems will work hard behind the scenes to improve data security and keep you and your employees safe.


We believe that all businesses should have a video surveillance system – it’s essential to running your operation. We offer indoor and outdoor high-resolution IP cameras that can meet any environmental condition or operational need.

Not only does it make sense to have eyes on your business, but a situational video is often the critical piece of information that helps businesses identify and overcome safety and production issues. All of our Video Surveillance systems are accessible locally or securely from outside your facility, and offer real-time access to the system.


Video Integration helps give visual evidence of what your other systems have picked up on. It can either be fully integrated or used to supplement an access control or security system. Imagine being able to tie a video of an intruder breaking into a secured area with a monitored intrusion detection response, giving you and first responders situational awareness when needed.

You can tie a card read at a specific door with a video of the event to make sure that the person using the card is the person that is authorized to access—and not someone using someone else’s credentials. Our video integration capabilities give you better visibility into your operation and critical systems.

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Your electronic security specialist, Ray Jackson, brilliantly accomplished what 3 other security and IT specialists couldn’t – he fixed our problem and made it look easy. I wasted so much time talking to our electronic door access software company and working with the other IT guys. I am still scratching my head wondering what Ray knew that the other 3 guys didn’t. Ray was wonderful to work with and we are so happy! I will definitely recommend Richmond Security, Inc.

– Cheri W.

We’re in your neighborhood

We’re the Richmond access control specialists. We proudly serve the following areas and all others in between.

  • Petersburg
  • Hanover
  • Midlo
  • RVA
  • Henrico
  • Chester
  • Chesterfield
  • Mechanicsville

Access Control Frequently Asked Questions

Will an access control system cease to work if the power goes out?

No. Many modern systems have battery backups for power outage emergencies.

How can I tell if an unauthorized person is using an access control keycard or fob?

The robust and easy-to-use software package that accompanies many access control systems will allow you to trace single or multiple cards/fobs to see if an unauthorized person is using them.

Can I pair an access control system with an alarm system?

Yes! A modern alarm system pairs exceptionally well with an access control system. The combination provides a total security solution for any business or organization.


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Let Richmond Security Protect Your Business

We’ll customize an access control solution that’s tailored to the needs of your business. We can also tie it in with other security solutions, such as a video surveillance system. Contact us below to learn more.

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