Access control systems are a type of security system which are designed to control access to buildings or areas through a network. They recognise and authenticate in various ways such as cards, fingerprint scanners and codes just to name a few. This gives your business and building restricted access and high security. Access control systems also enable you to carry out audits of where and what time an employee or visitor has access to a certain area. Many of these systems use data cabling for communication over the companies’ networks.
What is an access control system?
Access control systems are one of the most commonly used systems in door control. Most companies use a card or a magnetic stripe which can be used by swiping through a reader on the door. These types of systems are used primarily for security purposes.
Areas or organisations that require a higher level of security use different types of control systems such as biometrics, RFID, door controllers and card readers. Each access control point may be controlled individually as per the requirements where higher security is necessary. Network security is also just as important, especially for a company which handles highly sensitive data such as banks.
Using this type of card access system allows access by limiting people to one side of the door and in some cases, physical access control systems are integrated with electronic ones by limiting the users. This allows them to utilise the resources on a company system.
Bio Metric Access Control Systems
The biometric system is a time attendance control system which comes with fingerprint access and it tracks and records the data of visitors and employees through its software. This is used widely in confidential places due to its easy installation and high security.
Biometric access control systems use fingerprints instead of cards for access. It not only permits entry but also records the data regarding the person using it. The software that comes integrated can be used to link into payroll software to track employees’ times while at work. This in the long run saves time and resources for the finance department chasing up timesheets for example. It increases productivity and profitability for any business.
Door Access Control Systems
Using an access control system to open and close doors is a compact, low-cost solution. It is ready to use and extremely easy to install. Any electrician can install an electromagnetic lock (maglock) with simple instructions provided in the box. It’s mainly used in offices, server rooms, homes, airports and data centres. They are mainly managed in a central location by security staff.
Security or an administrator will grant access to a person by entering their details into the software provided and a card or unique pin code allocated to that person. The permissions are then set on the account and the person is free to move around the building.
Key card systems also operate on the relationship between a plastic RFID card and central locks. It uses fewer components compared to other access control systems as shown below.
Features of Smart Card Reader :
- Compact Designing, ABS Housing
- Up to 50,000 Punch Storage Capacity
- Up to 99 Terminal Networking
- Programmable IN/OUT Setting
- Up to 10,000 Employee Database Can be Stored with Employee name
- 16X4 LCD Display for Date, Time, Employee Name, Card Number
- Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS)
- Connectivity Through Rs232, Rs485, TCP/IP, Modem
- Online Data Transfer
- Voice Messaging