A reliable, secure and convenient access control system is a must have for your property or facility. Today, there are a multitude of options with many different features and benefits, including keypad, biometric and smartphone. Likewise, access control pricing can vary significantly system to system.

Here is a look at some average costs:

Cost of Keypad System

While keypad systems can offer one of the lowest cost options ranging from a few hundred dollars up to thousands with hardware, wiring and installation, they also present one of the least secure options. Codes are easily shared with others, and even physical deterioration of the numbers on the keypad can give someone direction on which numbers are part of the code. In addition, a keypad can easily be hacked into.

Cost of Telephone Entry (Buzzer) System

A building telecom entry system can start as low as $450 for the intercom and installation (a basic buzzer system), and go as high as $10,000 or more when you had in high-quality video, storage, reception features and more.

Cost of Physical Keys/Locks

When keys are lost or users leave an organization and don’t return the physical key they’ve been given, changing the door locks or re-keying the lock is critical to ensure a safe environment. Whether you need to simply rekey the lock and purchase new keys, or change out the lock hardware all together is impacted by several factors. Either way, you’re going to spend anywhere from $100 – $400, possible even more if in an emergency or an after hours situation.

Cost of Biometric System

On average, prices range from a total $2,500-10,000 per door when you factor in the biometric scanner, electronic locking system, software integration and installation. Although Biometric systems, which use fingerprint, handprint or iris scanning to gain access can be costly, there is no need to purchase and manage keycards.

Cost of Key Card System

A card and reader access solution generally costs $1,500-2,500 per door. That number includes $1,000-1,5000 for the reader, software and installation, $3-5 (plus shipping) per keycard, and monthly service fees that can range from $10-100.

You can read more about these types of systems in our earlier blog, The True Cost of Card and Reader Access Systems.

Cost of Smartphone System

Smartphone-based access offers an affordable option that does not involve the purchase and management of keycards, costly hardware or the need to connect to a local network. Many owners and managers are upgrading to a smartphone-based system to solve a variety of issues left out there from other systems mentioned above.  They offer many reasons for changing, some obvious and some you may find surprising – you can read more here.

The cost for VIZpin access control is $299 per reader with LITE service, and PLUS service can be added for an additional annual fee. Installation is fast and simple, requiring only a door strike, power supply and reader. In addition, access can be easily granted or revoked at anytime from anywhere, and because it’s managed in the cloud, hardware updates are available immediately at no cost.

No matter what type of access control solution you consider for your unique situation, remember that every solution must begin with an electric lock, which comes with its own costs. To learn more, read the blog post First Things First: What Every Business Should Do Before Selecting an Access Control Solution.