Access Control

How Access Control Systems Work

Access control systems are made to control passage into, or out of, an area. The 4 parts of an access control system include: credentials, readers, control panel, and door locks. Credentials include prox card, magnetic strip card, fingerprint, fob, smartphone, or pin. Readers include card reader, fingerprint scanner, receiver, or keypad. Readers convert a credential into a unique ID number. Then there's a control panel that compares the unique ID to an approved white list of ID's. If the ID is approved by the...

Common Myths About Cloud Access Control

Common Misconceptions About Cloud Access Control Cloud-Based access control systems have quickly supplanted “on-premise control” access control systems as the most feature-rich and capable of access control systems. Here are some of the most common myths and misconceptions about cloud access control and the truth behind them. Cloud Access Control Doesn’t Work When Not Connected to the Internet This is a common myth about access control that many people believe, but it’s an outdated and inaccurate statement. It’s true that the control...

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Network Door Controllers vs Cloud Door Controllers

Access Control Systems generally come in two configurations: network-based (or server-based) and cloud-based. What Are Network Door Controllers? Network door controllers and network access control systems refers to systems hosted and run on the IP network present building, powered physical network server on-site. Together, the door controllers and server – which hosts all the necessary databases for whitelists and credentials – form a self-contained network. When a user enters credentials into the reader, the door controller communicates with the server to...

How to Choose Wireless Access Locks For Your Business

Access Control Systems are popular mainly for two reasons: convenience,and because they can do many things that traditional lock-and-keys can’t. By convenience, we mean the ability to quickly unlock doors with the swipe of a card, push of a badge, or click of a smartphone app. And in terms of doing things that regular mechanical door locks can’t, we mean the sheer amount of customization and flexibility that access control systems offer for configuring and managing who can go where...

Visitor Management and Access Control Tips

Visitor management is an important part of any business’s security plan, and one of the main functions of an access control system. Visitors come for many reasons, most of which are completely legitimate. But having visitors and other non-employees in your building, whether making deliveries or here for a business meeting, can pose a threat at any time, especially if those guests are left unattended for any period of time. Most businesses understand the importance of a good visitor management protocol...