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Electronic Access Control Systems


Why Us?

You want a system that is as easy to use as it is functional and reliable.

When you're looking for experts in access control systems, we've got the team to deliver you a high quality, fully backed product.

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Why an Electronic Access Control System?

Electronic access control provides the most efficient and convenient way of securing your facility and assets.

Installing an electronic access control system means that you will never have to change a lock again.

Credentials are issued to allow access through the controlled doors, and are easily barred from the system if they are lost, stolen or just not returned by someone who leaves your organisation.

What Is An Access Control System?

Simply defined, the term "access control" describes any technique used to control passage into or out of any area.

Access control systems are most commonly used to control entry through exterior doors and gates of buildings and facilities.

Access control systems may also be used to control access into certain areas located within a facility.

The purpose of an access control system is to provide quick, convenient access to those persons who are authorized, while at the same time, restricting access to unauthorized people.

Basic Components of an Access Control System

Access control systems vary widely in type and complexity. However, most access control systems consist of at least the following basic components:

Access Cards and Tags

Each "swipe" access card is uniquely encoded. Most access cards are approximately the same size as a standard credit card, and can easily be carried in a wallet or purse.

Tags work the same as cards but are more robust and can be attached to a keying

Card Readers

Card readers are the devices used to electronically "read" the access card. Card readers are usually of the "proximity" type.

Access Control Keypads

Access control keypads are devices which may be used in addition to or in place of card readers. The access control keypad has numeric keys which look similar to the keys on a touch-tone telephone.

Electric Lock Hardware

There are a wide variety of different types of electric lock hardware. These types include electric strikes and electromagnetic locks (mag locks). The specific type and arrangement of hardware to be used on each door is determined based on the construction conditions at the door.

In almost all cases, the electric lock hardware is designed to control entrance into a building or secured space. To comply with building and fire codes, the electric lock hardware never restricts the ability to freely exit the building at any time.

Access Control Field Panels

Electronic access control panels are installed in each building where access control is to be provided. Card readers, electric lock hardware, and other access control devices are all connected to the access control panels.

The access control panels are used to process access control activity at the building level.

Access Control Server Computer

The access control server computer is the "brain" of the access control system. The access control server computer serves as the central database and file manager for the access control system; and is responsible for recording system activity, and distributing information to and from the access control field panels.

The access control server computer is usually a standard computer which runs special access control system application software. In most all cases, the computer is dedicated for full-time use with the access control system.

  • The access control system allows a great deal of flexibility in tailoring the access privileges assigned to each card.
  • Doors: The system can allow the card to work at all card reader controlled doors; or only at specific doors.
  • Time Of Day: The system can allow the card to work 24 hours per day; or only during certain time periods
  • Day of Week: The system can allow the card to work seven days per week, or only on certain days (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only, for example.)
  • Holidays: The system can allow the card to work differently on days defined as holidays.
  • Start and Stop Dates: The system can allow the card to only work during certain defined ranges of time (June 1 through June 15, for example.)

Automatic Unlock Feature

The access control system allows each card reader controlled door to be "automatically unlocked" during certain time periods if required.

Reporting Features

The access control system automatically records various types of system transactions on the access control server computer's hard disk. The collection of these stored transactions is called the event buffer. The event buffer is simply a database in which records of access control transactions are stored.

How it works...

We work with you to make the implementation of an access control system as convenient and painless as possible.

The first step is to contact us for an obligation fee chat.

We'll run through your access control and security requirements with you. From there we will provide a free quote and detailed, easy to understand proposal.

Need an Access Control System? Talk to us

If you're interested in access control systems, we want to hear from you.

For an obligation free chat, simply give us a call on 0508 22 88 66 or contact us by email and we'll be in touch fast.