Introduction to Access Control Systems for Buildings

We have already commented many times on the advantages of access control systems. And almost always we explain its application as access control for communities of owners. On this occasion, we want to expose the advantages but of these systems oriented to another case: access control systems for buildings.

The access control systems for buildings provide security and control in all areas. As a not so positive aspect, we must say that security always brings a certain degree of discomfort. In certain environments, this discomfort is essential, for example in buildings with a lot of people. Regardless of whether these people are employees of the building itself, visitors, transporters or external services.

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This type of Security Access Control Systems in India is increasingly common in companies. You may have been in some ‘smart building’ lately, and you observed how the employees/visitors had their IDs hanging. Typically, such identifications are also RFID or similar cards. They have an internal ID used to grant/deny access to the areas controlled by the access control hardware.

Contrary to what might seem, these control systems are not exclusive to large companies. The access control is suitable for buildings of any size. Simply find the right equipment for the needs of each building. For this reason, we put special emphasis on the meetings prior to the installation to know in detail the security requirements of the client.

From a simple control of visits in the reception of your building to the most complex biometric access, we have the access control solution you need.

A real example of installation

As they say, to show a button. The best way to explain what we do and how we do it is with real examples of installation of access control systems for buildings. We have chosen a very particular case, with a very “curious” casuistry. We explain:

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Example of installation of access control for buildings

Where?

It is a recently renovated office building in the center of Madrid. The building consists of 6 floors of offices and 3 floors of parking. The office floors, being rental, are occupied by different companies and at different times.

How?

For our part, we have installed wired readers in the main areas of the building and in the parking cars, as well as offline knobs on the fire doors to access the garage (without the need for wiring). In addition to having a very heavy main door, a door operator is also installed. This way, employees can access the building without having to call and will only have access to the garage floor where they have their assigned place. All controlled with a server (hardware and software) specific to the manufacturer and managed by the building’s concierge.

Results

After a few months of use of Access control cards for buildings, each of the rented plants has decided to install access control systems. All have chosen to install systems of the same manufacturer to control access to their offices, private areas, and toilets. In this way, each plant also has its own management server to control access, schedules and employees.

Perhaps it would have been desirable to install a global Access Control System for the entire building as we would for example in a hospital or airport, but as we have indicated it is a client with very specific needs, in which each plant wants its own management aside from common passage areas.

Biometric Locks: Fingerprints and Other Systems

What is a biometric lock? Why do we hear about it more often and what are the advantages of the so-called digital ports?

Wanting to start with a definition, biometric systems or devices are those that allow the opening of a gap, a safe, a door or a gate only and exclusively to individuals with characteristics physical records.

The fingerprint, the retina or iris, for example, are biometric data and being unique to each guarantee the highest safety standards.

In the films we are used to knowing biometric technology for many years now, the novelty is that, in recent times, prices have collapsed and such digital locks for security doors, considered the ultimate in terms of security, are finally within everyone’s reach.

Biometric recognition system: why install one in your home

Why install a Door Access Control System at home? Well, possible motivations are many.

To never run the risk of losing the keys, for greater security of your home, to keep up with the times but also because, unfortunately, the rate of crime in the boot is anything but de-growth.

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The traditional armored doors, moreover, are no longer considered as safe as they once were and the bad guys have learned to break almost any type of mechanism with extreme ease. What if I do not have to be there but need, for example, to get family members into the house?

No problem, just register a greater number of fingerprints or retinas in the system.

Parents, siblings, children, grandparents, and even neighbors, if deemed appropriate, may, therefore, have access to one or more rooms in residence.

But that’s not all because with the biometric lock one could even authorize the cleaning lady or the plumber to enter exclusively in a certain time slot.

If the appointment, for example, with a certain professional is at 11 am, it will be enough to program the entrance with that specific fingerprint only from 10 to 12 and access on any other day or time would be automatically denied. The maximum comfort that could be desired for those who plan to install at home one of the new locks for armored doors on the market.

Keyless locks: the advantages of biometric systems

With the so-called biometric key, it is impossible to lose the keys in the traditional meaning of the term

  • Impossible to close out inadvertently
  • A keyless door can be opened at any time
  • This type of modern security door guarantees maximum security
  • No more waste of money to change locks and redo all the bunches of keys
  • Controlled access for those who want to enter a certain time

No more bunches of cumbersome keys: go-ahead for very small bags or early morning footing without shoulder bags.

Types of locks: is it possible to trick the biometric data reader?

In the wide range of Access Control Systems, those with a digital imprint are certainly those with a better quality/price ratio. As for iris, it is almost impossible. If we talk about the fingerprint, it is still a complex, long and expensive operation.

Several tests have shown how, even for professionals in the trade as agents of the scientific or the Ris, it is a business far from simple. First of all, it is necessary to identify with which finger the tenant has registered on the system. Secondly, the fingerprints left around, mostly partial, overlapping or deleted, are not sufficient.

To deceive the reader, in essence, it takes a complete clone, and if someone could get it, it would be quite expensive to produce a working impression in the laboratory artificially.

Access Control Systems, all are Advantages

Although it may seem a recurring theme, access control systems provide numerous advantages wherever you install them. No matter the place, all are advantages and all our customers corroborate this. The access control systems are suitable for companies, communities of owners and a host of places.

There is a wide range of hardware for Door Access Control System. Proximity readers, keyboards, biometric readers (fingerprint and iris), bollards, turnstiles, barriers, lathes, and even electronic cylinders. All these devices will delight lovers of access control systems. Let’s not forget that there are combined devices, for example, fingerprint reader + proximity reader.

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Advantages of access control

Thinking about the advantages offered by these systems, we want to highlight:

Considerable savings in locksmith interventions. By using the standard opening key to a lesser extent, we minimize the possible locksmith faults.

Control of people. We will have a complete record of the people who access the protected areas by the control devices.

Total comfort. Say goodbye to traditional keys. You will check the convenience of accessing the sites using a finger, a card, a pin or even your Smartphone.

Is my installation suitable for an access control system?

The answer is yes. Where can I install it? Well, practically anywhere. We have carried out projects of the most diverse nature. As rare as you think your installation is, we have what you need. There is always an access control system suitable for you.

As is logical, each installation place has its peculiarities. But that does not impede the installation of access control. We have weather resistant hardware that is resistant to inclement weather. Here are just a few examples of possible uses:

  • Government buildings.
  • Airports
  • Parking
  • Hospitals
  • Bank entities.
  • Sports pavilions.
  • Events of a temporary nature.

You are always guaranteeing the highest security standards when encrypting communications between the reader and control centers. If it does not require such security, we also work with small Access Control Systems. For example, a simple visitor control system for your company that includes readers in the elevator cabin.

Another factor to consider is aesthetics because not all devices are suitable for all environments. We work with the best manufacturers, committed to the aesthetics and functionality of their products. So you will have no problem integrating the access control hardware in the most exclusive places. They will go unnoticed, or maybe not.

Something very common after installing access control systems is to combine them with video surveillance systems. This will bring an extra degree of security to your installation. You can even detect in advance a possible intrusion in unwanted or especially delicate areas.

It is also very common to use a Video entry system it is considered with an active access control system. With the installation of the Video Door Entry System, no additional element is necessary; it is enough to see who knocks on your door. You decide who you allow access to in your home or place of work.

Trends in Access Control Systems

The mechanical locks have evolved in the last ten years vertiginously, turning the previous three years into “technological revolution” in the field of management and access control. Mechanical safety converges with electronics giving intelligence to automatic locks. It changes the paradigm in the world of access control and the way to face any security project in buildings.

Magnum Telesystem reflects on the technological trends that help to understand this change in access control systems:

  1. Communications

The evolution of communication networks, IP technology, bandwidth, 3G, 4G, now allow managing any access control system easily and from anywhere, and also allows us to have access control systems 100% Wireless online.

  1. Mobility

In parallel to the above, the proliferation of mobile devices such as Smartphone and Tablet, as well as the ease of use through Apps has led to immediacy in the reception of access information and in the management thereof, allowing for the opening and / or locking the doors in mobility and safely.

  1. Wireless Technology

As happened with the intrusion systems at the end of the 20th century, when intrusion systems based on Wireless 433 MHz and 868 MHz communications began to increase, this bidirectional, encrypted and secure wireless technology now allows the creation of an access ecosystem, connecting with smart locks without the need to deploy a single cable. In Spain, wireless access control installations grow by 1% over wiring. Short-range RFID and NFC data transmission technologies are now a reality and are used routinely in many access systems based on autonomous smart locks.

  1. Savings

Door Access Control Systems based on smart locks can be up to 60% cheaper than traditional wiring systems. Providing at least the same functionalities for the end user and with a higher level of security, since it does not need to weaken the whole door by installing electric strikes. Security is maintained in the door / frame assembly.

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  1. Energy efficiency

Autonomous power through batteries also generates savings of up to 40% in electricity consumption, compared to the old wired systems that still need 12V and 750W power.

The speed at which systems based on intelligent locks are evolving is being much higher, comparatively speaking, than the evolution of traditional wired access control systems.

A new category of products and mechanical/electronic solutions has been born for the safety in buildings of easy installation and maintenance that is available to many more people. Innovation is growing fast in this sector, and soon we will be surrounded by smart locks in all buildings and homes.

The Fingerprint Access Control Systems are now a fundamental element of a security system in general, and who’s first permit or cancel the move to a protected space with specific risks function. Today we are witnessing a constant growth and advancement of this type of systems, and in a more spectacular way of those, we know as biometric reading. This type and others are more and more in demand by the users who are considering selecting an adequate access control system that meets their needs.

The Regular Use of Access Control System

The common characteristic of a home, a company and the venues of events, is that they all have an access door. The primary mission of entry is to control who can enter and who cannot; for example, the door of a dwelling allows to enter the members of a family, in a company it will enable to control the entrance to the employees, visits, and messengers. This process is called access control.

The three essential components of an Access Control system are: Door, Lock, and Key

If we want to have higher security, we can install a door sensor on the top of it and thus know the status of the door, in this way any abnormal situation will trigger the alarm and warn the security company or the police.

In any case, what happens if the keys are lost, or are many keys to find them in a short time?

In the first case, we can find a locksmith who opens the door in five minutes, but this will also indicate the unreliability of the mechanical locks; in the second case, carrying many keys on top is a lot of weight and a lot of time selecting what the key we are looking for is.

To avoid the above issues, Door Access Control Systems are the perfect solution.

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Also, the administrative management of access control is highly laborious.

In a traditional mechanical locking system, if a new member is added a new key is needed, while in the office time clocks are used on paper to control the attendance and the work times of the employees, which makes the Counting is laborious and conducive to errors and omissions.

Conversely, the introduction of a modern network access control system can simplify and improve the process by merely connecting to the Internet, entering a system’s web server, and adding or eliminating staff authorization levels, as many as you wish. , and know their entry and exit conditions. What’s more, the attendance and timings report can be easily generated and edited with less labor and more precision.

Taking into account, the current trend in the growth of companies have delegations in different parts of the city or the country. This is the reason why a data synchronization service is needed. The creation of networks of access control systems provides an excellent solution to manage and control subsidiaries from the central office, adjusting the days off in each or the working hours in a more efficient and comfortable way so that it surpasses more than traditional systems of mechanical access control.

In a traditional Access Control System, the lock only admits a single key; however, in the electronic access control system, a lock can be opened with multiple keys (that is, the user data kept in the memory chip of the controller). You may wonder about the need for multiple cores. In fact, different keys can represent different users. Therefore, each user’s entry/exit event record will be done in response to security concerns.

The Fundamental Role of Access Control Systems in Businesses

The access controls are one of the fundamental points in any business that wants to implement its security. The doubts arise before the possibilities that exist when installing/selecting an access control system, there are several options, and sometimes we do not even know, as a company, what options we have at our disposal according to our type of premises or office.

It is important to know all the variety of options available to us to choose or recommend the most appropriate solution according to our type of business, the characteristics of the products we sell and the kind of location or office where we carry out our activity.

The Fingerprint Access Control System are one of the classic solutions within the access control, allow you to have control over one or more doors and technological advances have made significant developments in door controls, allowing voice control and video of the entries we want to control.

Another of the most interesting technological developments is based on access control with integrated biometric management, which allows us to establish access readers with different modes, card, fingerprint or fingerprint with a card and other types of more advanced biometric readers.

We can also implement a comprehensive access control system, which can be used for pedestrian entrances and vehicles in our corporate building, this type of systems are usually used to make a good impression to visitors and leave our brand image well present. This is the first contact of the visitor with our offices or corporate building, without a doubt an excellent opportunity to generate a good impression and give an image of security and confidence.

This type of integrated systems allow a modular configuration which will allow us to integrate different functional modules according to the needs we have, we could include video, communication, lighting, etc.

The systems access control such as a  biometric reader Facial and Fingerprint are technology most in demand in today ‘s market, we have migrated from mechanical systems, and specialized personnel has processes controlling input and output fully automated with different types of technologies and devices. It is essential to carry out a sufficient study, segmenting the zones, the access groups, the allotted times, the level of access for each user, measuring the number of people or cars traveling through each zone and discovering the goals of each access control.

Among the benefits of having a Door Access Control System are, of course, the control of entry and exit. These equipment offer greater security and control of the public, the personnel or the residents of a building, in the companies, it brings savings in personnel costs, a fast return on investment.

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Other benefits are the reduction of the time in the registry and the improvement of the productivity, the restriction of access in the opening of doors and it adds a particular value of modernization to the building. There are many types, from fingerprint or card readers to opening doors or staff access slots, access ports for people with reduced mobility or vehicular access barriers, there are many functions and models that can be had of these devices.