Access Control Systems

Access Control Systems

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We install access control systems on any access/door/entrance. Control systems (also known as entry control systems) must have a unique combination of security and practicality. We will help define your needs together with you, to provide exactly the right combination of both. These systems should be easy to use and friendly, without compromising the level of security required. Entry control systems are used to make sure the right people get access to the right places at the right time. These systems can also provide an overview and reporting of who gets access to where so you have more control over your sensitive information and locations. Our service comes with an extensive post job warranty, for both the system and installation. We will also provide the necessary training on using the system for optimal results. Call us now to get a quote for your job: (720) 897-4433

Access Control Systems Use

There are different types of Entry control systems. For example, granting access to an email or bank account is also a type of access control because it limits the use/access of people to the asset. For our purpose, we look at physical access control systems that limit geographical access to certain locations. There are different ways to grant or limit access. For example, a security guard can be put into place and fences erected around a perimeter. Again, here we will focus on automatic control systems that don’t require human personnel to perform their function.

Automatic access control systems can be mechanical, such the use of a lock and key, or technological/electronic such as keypads, RFID-enabled cards, eye and fingerprint scanners and more. Additionally, for a location with high risk or extremely sensitive data, multiple access controls can be but into place – this is referred to as two/three step authentication. The combination can result in a highly secure location that, even if a key or card is stolen, the other controls come into play to prevent unwanted access.

Common Types Of Entry Control Systems
  1. Magnetic access control
  2. Gate access control
  3. Proximity entry control
  4. Stand-alone entry control systems
Physical location

Access control systems are not disconnected from the physical location where they are installed. Having the best entry security will mean nothing when the surroundings and location are not secure. For example, having a proper fence around a secure perimeter. Many times, the entry to the secure location is within an existing business or complex thus reducing the importance of this issue.

Electronic Access Control

Electronic access control uses computers and technology to perform the function of limiting access and monitoring. It solves many of the limitation of a physical key and lock. Credentials are used to replace the key. When access is granted the entrance is opened for a predetermined time. The entry is recorded – who, when, and where. This will allow an overview of the coming and going for an additional layer of monitoring. Even when the system denies e the request is recorded allowing managers to put more security measures and procedures in into. Another important feature of many entry control systems is the ability to know for how long the door remains open and alert if it is open for too long or is forcibly kept from closing. Almost all common entry control systems are electronic, this includes magnetic, biometric, proximity, card/key card. If you want to learn more about smart card access control systems, click this link.

Advantages Of Smart Cards

Keycards, which are also referred to as smart cards, have a few advantages. All the user’s personal information is programmed into a chip on the card itself. This information can be read by multiple reader types and technologies. This can make life easier for managers of building with multiple organizations operating within them. This provides lots of flexibility. In addition, smart cards can be used as “logical’ access control, meaning that the same credentials which are stored on the key card can be used to grant access to software or databases on an IT network, and not only to doos/ physical locations.

How the access control system work?

Each request for entry uses a credential. This could be a key-card or swipe card, finger or voice print and more. The credential is presented to a reader which then passes the information to a central processing unit. The processing unit is a secured remote element that has the information about the procedures and credentials and it decides whether or not to grant access according to procedures and levels of authorization the presented credential has. The system also sends log information to a database for later viewing.

Authentication Types

There are 3 ways to authenticate a user. We can use something the user knows (passwords), something the user has (smart card, key-card, swipe card), and something the user is (voice and finger prints – biometric traits). The third one is called biometric authentication and uses the user’s body characteristics to identify them – eye print, finger print, etc…

Proximity Access Control

Proximity access control systems, or proximity entry systems, are systems that don’t require physical contact from the user to engage or activate. For example, doors that use a sensor to “feel” when a personal is approaching the door and open it. This type of system is not for security purposes as it will open for anyone.

some key cards, also known as swipe cards, are proximity entry systems. The cards carry the authentication information on a chip that “sends” it to the reader without touching it. Usually from a distance of less than a few Inches. All swipe cards are proximity entry systems but not all key cards. Some key cards require they be inserted into a slot in the reader and therefore are not considered proximity control system.

It’s also important to note that some swipe cards are easier to copy than others. These are the magnetic cards, that have the black magnetic stripe as seen in the picture. The information on these keycards is more accessible. If some get their hands on a card, they can make a copy fairly quickly. The more secure keycards are those with the small chip as seen in the second picture.

proximity access control system

keycard with chip
Magnetic Access Control Systems

Magnetic entry control systems provide a fail-safe emergency release capability.These can be compatible with any type of access control system. The high-quality systems can meet the most rigorous building and fire rating regulations and safety codes.

The system has no moving parts. What h the door in place is a strong electromagnetic field that is created between to electromagnets, one placed on the door, the second on the door’s frame. The magnetic system is designed to receive commands from multiple controlling systems, including fire sensors from the fire command center or remote access control.

The mag-lock system can be activated by different peripheral devices including fingerprint, key-card, swipe card, or keypad. These attached systems are responsible for the “decision” – the authentication of the user and making the call to grant them access. They then relay the decision to the magnetic system which releases the door.

magnetic access control system

Stand-alone Access Control Systems

Stand alone entry systems are systems that all the controls and associated electronics are placed in the same place. This is important for security reasons. When the system is stand-alone, it does not have to send data to remote locations for any reason which diminishes the chance that someone will be waiting in the middle. For example, if the authentication token on the card is transmitted to an authentication computer in a remote location, someone might pick up on the transmission and use the token to gain access. Stand-alone Access control systems are also referred to as compact entry control systems because all the parts are compacted into one place. Many stand-alone s will  be keypads with a number combination to unlock the door.

Although it reduces the risk stated above, these systems are still considered less secure. When they are meddled with by an outsider, they are not connected to anything and can’t alert the administrator of the break-in attempt. Their disconnectedness is a disadvantage as much as it is and advantage due to this reason. Remote systems, where the only thing on the door is the reader that get the authentication token from the user, are considered safer and more secure, as there is less chance of tampering with the core of the system (the part of the system that makes the decisions).

stand alone access contorl system - keypad

Gate Access Control Systems

To protect a gate, whether it is a commercial or residential gate, there are Gate Access Control Systems. Gate entry systems are unique as they send video and/or audio to a user who can decide whether or not to open the gate remotely. The newer systems are equipped with cellular capabilities to send the data through a cell network to the users phone. The system must also be able to physically control the gate, which requires powerful pistons. Gate systems are used in residential environments, as well as commercial locations that don’t have a permanent guard or in every entry point. Gate access control provides the owner with much flexibility regarding security arrangements as it transmits the information to any location or person and allows them to make a decision to control the gate once access is granted. Gate entry control systems can be programmed to provide access in a predetermined way to users who have a key card, know a code which they enter to a keypad, or swipe a keycard. Most users appreciate the video features with comes with many of the newer systems. A picture can say a thousand words.

gate access control system
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