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Access Control

By definition 'Access Control' is a system which enables an authority to control movement of people and/or objects to and from specific areas.

The primary functions of any access system should be to control where and when an individual may gain access. This can be achieved simply by the use of keypads/PIN devices, through to the more able and complex PC based network systems.

Most of the common installations can be catagorised into the three basic groups shown below.

Door Entry - Typically Single door with keypad / PIN and/or audio/Video entry system, for example a reception door in a small business office.

Standalone - A localised collection of card / fob readers connected to a small group of intelligent door controllers. Typically used in one or two door installations in small offices / schools where more control over users is required.

Network / PC based system - A network of intelligent door controllers and readers linked to a central PC providing overall control and reporting of all activity. Typically used in multi door applications within larger premises, allowing individual or group access rights to be defined on a per reader basis. This system can be expanded to accomodate control of access to numerous premises, connected via a network, from a central location.

Further benefits can include:

  • Time & Attendance - linking of data to other software to provide staff movement / payroll solutions.
  • Identity Badges - photo ID and smart card solutions.
  • Integrated Sytems - linking of data to other systems to provide a complete security solution.