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Access Control System Design & Engineering Services

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Chicago Electronic Access Control System Designer

Forbel's access control design and engineering services cater to commercial buildings and multifamily complexes throughout the Midwest. We provide comprehensive solutions that are customized to your property's unique security needs. Our systems integrate the latest technology to manage and control access, enhancing both safety and operational efficiency.

Types of Intercom System We Design

We offer a variety of access control system designs, including Role-Based, Attribute-Based, and Discretionary systems. Each is tailored to meet the specific security needs of your commercial or multifamily property.

Access Control Technologies We Use

  • Near Field Communication (NFC)

    This technology offers a convenient and contactless entry solution. Users can simply tap their smartphone or keycard near the reader for immediate access. NFC is ideal for environments with frequent entry points, such as commercial offices, medical facilities, and hotels.

  • Internet of Things (IoT)

    By integrating access control with other smart devices, we can create a more automated and secure environment for your facility. Imagine lights turning on as you unlock an office door, or elevators responding to your room key – the possibilities are endless. This interconnected approach is well-suited for hotel security or modern office spaces.

  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

    With its ability to scan fobs or tags from a distance, RFID is a great choice for managing large crowds efficiently. Places such as parking garages, schools, and warehouses can all benefit from the efficient access control provided by RFID technology.

  • Physical Access Control System (PACS)

    Acting as the central hub of an access control system, PACS manages access points, user credentials, and detailed access logs, giving you complete control over your security. This comprehensive system is particularly well-suited for high-security environments like government facilities, data centers, and power plants.

  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)

    PoE simplifies installation by utilizing a single cable to deliver both data and power to access control devices. This reduces installation complexity and costs, making it a valuable solution for offices, retail stores, and school security.

  • Mobile Access Control

    This technology allows users to convert their smartphones into secure key fobs. By installing a dedicated app, users can manage access directly from their phones, without bulky keycards. Mobile access control is ideal for environments where staff requires flexible access, for example, multifamily complexes, construction sites, or fitness centers.

  • Bluetooth Access Control

    This user-friendly system utilizes familiar Bluetooth technology, allowing users to grant access with devices they already have on hand. Perfect for locations like shopping malls, business properties, and co-working spaces, this technology eliminates the need for separate credentials.

  • Wired Access Control Technologies

    Wired connections offer the highest level of reliability for critical access points. This makes them the preferred solution for high-security areas such as logistics and distribution facilities.

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Benefits of Our Access Control Systems

Heightened Security

A well-designed system restricts unauthorized access, effectively safeguarding sensitive areas, valuable assets, and the people within your property.

Streamlined Operations

Eliminate the need for manual access control. Automation of entry and exit processes with a well-designed system enhances operational efficiency.

Effortless Compliance

We understand the importance of adhering to industry regulations and standards. Our systems are designed to simplify compliance, giving you peace of mind knowing your security practices are up to par.


Your security needs can change over time. That's why our systems are designed for flexibility, allowing them to be customized and scaled as your business grows and evolves.

  • Why Choose Forbel for Access Control System Design?

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      Expertise and Experience

      Our team of engineers and designers boasts years of experience in the security industry, ensuring that every access control system we design is both innovative and reliable.

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      Customized Solutions

      We know that every business is unique. We take the time to assess your facility and understand your specific requirements, designing a system that aligns perfectly with your needs.

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      Cutting-Edge Technology

      We stay ahead of the curve by utilizing the latest technology, including biometric systems, smart cards, and mobile access solutions, to provide you with state-of-the-art security features.

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      Our systems are designed to grow with your business. Whether you are expanding to new locations or enhancing existing facilities, our access control solutions can be scaled to meet your needs.

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Our Access Control System Design Process

Design Considerations

We carefully analyze your building's use, layout, potential security threats, and compliance requirements to design a system that optimizes security and user experience while adhering to all regulations. Our goal is to create a protected and user-friendly environment for everyone.

Site Survey & Risk Assessment

A thorough site visit identifies security vulnerabilities and assesses potential risks. This forms the basis for a customized security plan.

Access Control Planning & Design

Our experts create a strategic plan with optimal placement of access points, reader types, and control panels for maximum security and efficient user flow.

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Wiring and Power Supply

Our team meticulously handles cable installation and routing to ensure reliable system function. We also consider both primary and backup power sources, so your system remains operational even during unexpected power outages.

Integration with Existing Systems

We integrate your access control system with other building systems (elevators, cameras, HVAC) for enhanced security and streamlined operations.

Installation & Commissioning

Our professionals handle installation, followed by rigorous testing to verify optimal system performance according to the design plan.

Testing, Inspection, and Maintenance

To guarantee ongoing reliability, security, and compliance, we implement regular testing, inspections, and maintenance plans for your access control system.


I needed cameras and other security solutions at my store but didn’t realize there were more options than CCTV. Honestly, I thought they were going to try and oversell me, but they never did, and Forbel just gave me their best advice without pressuring me. Eventually, we settled on physical access controls and CCTV systems that were just the right size and format for my shop, and I’m really happy with them. Thank you Forbel!

Jun M.

"Our experience with Forbel was AMAZING! I was so impressed by how much they knew, and that was particularly important because I really didn’t know anything!!! Now I know plenty, we have an awesome door access system, new cctv, and I get an alert on my phone when people try and access store rooms. It’s great, and I’m sure forbel can help you just as much as they helped my nonprofit organization."

Owain S.
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Whether you manage a small office or a large multi-tenant building, we design and install access control systems that adapt to your specific needs and grow with your business.

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What is access control design?

Access control design is the strategic planning process for creating a security system that regulates who can enter specific areas of a building or facility. It goes beyond just choosing hardware; it involves analyzing security needs, user flow, and building layout.

What is access control as a service?

It's a comprehensive security solution delivered as a service. Integrate your access control system with fire alarms, video surveillance, and intrusion detection for a unified security network. This lets you manage everything remotely and gain a clearer picture of your facility's security.

How do you create an access control system?

  • Evaluate Security Needs: Determine which areas require restricted access, considering the size of your premises, the number of staff, and any compliance requirements.
  • Define Access Policies: Clearly define who can access what, when, and how, establishing access levels based on roles and responsibilities.
  • Choose Technology: Select the appropriate technology, such as keycards, biometrics, or mobile credentials, that aligns with your security needs and is scalable for future growth.
  • Install and Enroll: Install the hardware (card readers, scanners, locks) at entry points and create procedures to enroll users into the system.
  • Monitor, Automate, and Train: Monitor access events in real-time, automate administrative tasks to reduce errors, and provide comprehensive training to all employees on how to use the system effectively.
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