Visitor management systems

Visitor management refers to tracking the usage of a public building or site. By gathering increasing amounts of information, a Visitor management system can record the usage of the facilities by specific visitors and provide documentation of visitor's whereabouts.
Because a visitor management system provides a record of building use, these systems are frequently used to complement building security systems and access control systems. As electronic visitor management systems become more common and more powerful, these systems are taking over many of the functions of building security and access control.
Basic computer or electronic visitor management systems use a computer network to monitor and record visitor information. As computer processing power, digital video and information gathering technology have improved, electronic visitor management systems have added photo ID capability, database searching, automatic door access and other functions.
Electronics visitor management systems are more expensive to implement. They also require a longer familiarization period for both the security personnel, building staff and visitors. The amount of information gathered by an electronic visitor management systemóas well as the uses the information is put toócan also be a source of controversy.

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