A Look Into Access Control Points And Systems

Whether your business is large, small or something in between or you are looking to add a bit of security to your community or home access control systems such as gates can be useful. In order to be certain that the only people entering your business or home are people you have authorized it is pertinent to create some type of substantial material boundary. Many business and homeowners find the best way to do this is using an automatic gate system.

Automatic gates include a combination of physical parameters along with an access control system which dictates who has met the requirements set forth to enter. In basic terms a computer (access control system) has been programmed with a criterion that authorizes entry. This can be something as simple as a keyless remote that unlocks the gate and allows it to freely open.

Access control points come in many shapes and sizes. They differ based on need. Here are a list of different option in access points and where you may find them.

Turnstiles – Turnstiles are found in several places that need to control how many people have access to a space at any given time. One example of this is amusement parks. People tend to crowd on platforms and spaces designed only for an allotted amount. Turnstiles give the ride assistant control over the number of people allowed into the space. This then allows them to freely load the ride and then return to the turnstile allowing a controlled number of guests in at a time.

Doors – Doors are commonly used in hospitals to control where the public is allowed to enter verse where nurses, doctors and hospital personal can go. Many times you will see a door locked and either a buzzer is placed so that you can buzz to be allowed in and out. This is common in maternity wards where visitors come and go but nurses need control to eliminate the possibility of babies leaving in the wrong hands. Other areas are accessed through the use of card readers. Each hospital employee allowed access in the area will have the code for that card reader programmed onto the magnetic strip on their hospital ID.

Security Gates – Gates can be found in several different forms and basically anywhere you can imagine access needs to be controlled and monitored. Driveways, business lots, parking structures and gated communities are just a few of the many places security gates can be found. Access can be controlled using many different methods of controls such as remotes, card readers, scanners or transponder systems.

Access control points allow admittance based on information and signal given by the person seeking entry to a reader who then continues to verify the information based on preset criteria. If all of the criteria are met then the computer will send a signal to open and allow entry. If the information is entered and does not match or is incorrect a signal the control point will ignore the signal and stay shut. Often after access information is entered incorrectly after a certain number of times the machine will need to be reset by an authorized administrator. This is for the safety and security of the people or information that is being secured by the access control point.

The access control system you need will be determined on the level of security needed. Homes are often secured with simple automatic gates while business lots may use simple swing arm gates. Office buildings may have simple card readers or may require biometric readers to match fingerprints for entry. You will see the higher security the more credentials will need to be met to gain access. A combination of them may be used for instance in government or medical situations.

Biometric Access Control Systems For Homes

Security has become more sophisticated all through these years. And this does not only mean security in places of work but also in our homes. These days, we can hear about homes equipped with sophisticated access control devices. You might think that this only refers to the homes of the rich and famous and you might be surprised to know that even those who live in apartments in big cities or those who live in the suburbs are already starting to enjoy the benefits of having keyless door lock systems installed in their homes. You might find this surprising but you better believe this is real.

These days, keyless access control devices are the newest advancements in home security. These devices have the same purpose as the traditional deadbolt locks that we know: keeping unauthorized persons out of our living spaces. But unlike padlocks or door knobs that require keys, these devices take away the hassle of forgetting or losing our keys. They also take away the problems with locking yourself out of your own home. And this is the wonder that keyless locks bring.

These keyless access control devices can come in many forms. They can be voice activated and there are also those that require smart cards for access. There are also those that can be activated through phones but these devices are best for use in large offices. If we go back to the household level, we can also look into keyless lock systems that make use of biometric technology.

Biometric lock systems have been introduced to homes more recently. These biometric lock systems require a unique body part to be included in their database before access can be given to a certain person. This can already mean a lot to home security, especially with the fact that traditional locks can be picked or bumped into. In some cases, keys can even be duplicated without our knowing, but our unique body parts only belong to us and there is no other person who has the same finger print, voice pattern or eye image like ours.

If you are considering installing fingerprint door locks in your home, there is no better time to start learning more about them than now. You can ask your handyman about them. You can also look into what options you have when it comes to fingerprint door locks in home improvement stores or do-it-yourself shops.

How Do Finger Print Access Control Systems Work and What Are The Benefits?

Finger print access control systems provide homeowners and business owners alike with the ultimate keyless entry system that can’t be foiled by making duplicate keys. Since each individual has unique fingerprints no one other than an authorized person can gain access. This eliminates the hassle of lost or forgotten keys.

Print access control systems work by using sensors that read the print and match it against a digital representation of the print in a database. There are two phases to the fingerprint recognition process. The first phase is one of establishing an association of a particular person to a particular print. This phase is only done when a person is first entered into the system. Once that is established, that particular user is identified by the system by their print. Based on the permissions assigned to that particular print, access is granted or denied. This can be set up to allow access only to certain areas or zones, or the user can be granted “all access” to all zones. Since there is virtually no way to re-create someone’s fingerprint, this method of access control has a minute margin of error and provides heightened security levels.

Although fingerprint recognition systems have been around for a while, they until now have been limited to government buildings or other areas requiring higher levels of security. As the technology has progressed and costs have come down, now many mainstream businesses and homeowners are able to afford this technology which improves security for the home or business. In the case of businesses, the system can act in a duel capacity as a time clock as well as a security system. This eliminates employees clocking in and out for each other as the system obviously requires the person to be present.

Print lock systems are ideal in situations where there are many people that need access and keeping track of keys or an access badge has become administratively difficult. Instead of assigning a badge or key, the person needing access is simply fingerprinted and then their prints are added to the system as being authorized. There’s no need to remember access codes or carry a badge or key. Simply placing their hand in the reader allows the person to enter. Not only suitable in a corporate setting, a fingerprint reader can be ideal for apartment buildings, health clubs, parking structures or front gate access.

With standard card reader access systems, there’s additional cost associated with replacing lost or stolen cards. The finger print lock systems eliminate this cost when each person has their own form of identification. In many cases, if an employee leaves the company, they may or may not return the card. Over time, this results in a good portion of the cards having to be replaced. In the case of keys, all of the locks will have to be replaced to prevent unauthorized access. With fingerprint recognition, the user is simply removed from the database thereby denying access.

Electronic door locks with access controlled by finger prints is one of the most secure methods of insuring that unauthorized access doesn’t take place. There are other types of biometric access controls available, however, the finger print method is still the most cost-effective method available. Other methods such as face or eye recognition require devices that are not as easily portable as a fingerprint reader which makes these other methods of access security are generally a little more expensive.

As technology moves forward, it’s likely that finger print access control systems will gain wider acceptance and will show up in many areas where keys or access cards are now used. There are some car manufacturers that are now using a fingerprint reader for access to the vehicle. Admittedly this is in higher end vehicles but should slowly make its way into vehicles now being purchased by the average consumer. With auto theft being a major concern for those who own popular cars, adding this extra security feature should make it that much more difficult for the car to be stolen. Not only used for gaining access to the vehicle, these systems can also prevent a car from starting unless a matching print is read.

As theft and fraudulent activities are done with more sophistication, security systems are forced to keep pace. It’s no longer effective to simply lock the door. Simply put, the old style of securing a business and home is a thing of the past. Electronic door locks and heavy-duty hardware combined with a fingerprint reader are more effective in preventing a thief from gaining entry.

Finger print access control systems are the way of the future as many people are looking for better ways to keep their home and business secure. Fingerprint recognition provides an almost foolproof way to provide higher levels of security as well as peace of mind.