The Mechanics of Access Control Systems
The Software, Hardware and Mechanics of Access Control Systems
"Access Control Systems" as its name suggests decide who can enter a building or area, and when. The combine sophisticated electronic technologies such as smart cards and biometric identification devices with computer software to provide an integrated system which is used to acquire the full control to the access (entry/exit) points of an organisation. The system is a network of independent microprocessor controlled devices that operate using communications between access mechanics which are the mechanical components such as Turnstiles, Door Barriers, Electronic Locks. The devices are programmed to block or allow access and to restrict a persons rights to wander around an area. Almost as a by-product the system produces a date and time stamped log with the users identity obtained from their active Key Fob, Smart Card or biometrics.
Access Hardware includes the above said identity readers, such as Key Fob Reader, Smart Card reader or Biometric readers. Access control Mechanics and Hardware work together within our access control system’s customized software through a variety of installations.
Following is a list view of the whole access control system.
- Smart Card Reader
- Key Fob Reader
- Biometric Reader
- Fingerprint Scanners
- Electronic Locks
- Automatic Bollards
As the above listings illustrate, an access control system is incomplete or inefficient without reliable and usable software which monitors movement of the integrated hardware and mechanical components. Software requires verification through the database connections for the mechanical components to act accordingly. For example, a person with an expired Smart Card can gain access through the access point without incorporating with access control software, however, if the software is integrated the person will be blocked at the access point and thus, increase the overall security of the organisation.
Access Control Wales appreciate that your security is important and have designed our access control systems around usability, security and safety. Contact us to find out more about our products or for a demonstration or informal discussion about your security requirements.