Card access door locks, also known as electronic card access systems or swipe cards are a beneficial way to increase the level of security within your home or business. Ideal for replacing keys these systems can be as small as one door controlled locally or expanded to include multiple doors and locations. This keyless access security is operated by a keycard lock and a flat, rectangular plastic card with a unique digital signature (keycard).
How Do They Work?
The secure card is presented to the card reader (or swiped) and the information is sent to the control panel. The software of the control panel compares that information to the control list and determines whether it’s a secure access or not. This information to request access is recorded and kept on an event log. If access is granted, the door is unlocked (usually for a predetermined time) and the access is also recorded. If access is refused, the door remains lock and the attempted access is recorded in the event log too.
The control software allows you to set up individual user authorisations for each identification card and for each door or multiple entry points. These systems allow for a complete security audit.
What are the Benefits?
Because all access and attempted access is recorded, reports and building maps can be generated to track movements. This is useful for businesses needing to track employee attendance within a facility, or if unauthorised access has been attempted within the company or home.
The biggest benefits of card access door locks are their flexibility. Locks can be changed from a central computer as often as desired and master cards or special emergency cards can be encoded by system operators to ensure only selected people have access. Other key advantages include no need for rekeying, automatic card-expiration time and the ability to control door opening times or cancelling access after opening if required.
Where Can I Use Card Access Door Locks?
Card access door locks are commonly used in commercial businesses and offices because of its tracking and information recording features. This ensure access to the property is thoroughly secure. This type of keyless access security is also ideal for residential homes and hotels.
Swipe card door entry is the most common access system used by businesses today. The simple, but secure magnetic card readers are effective for keeping intruders out and can also include a keypad for an additional level of security. Because they eliminate the need to replace lost keys or having multiple keys cut for a business or home property, swipe card access has become a popular and cost-effective security option for many.
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