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Techway Systems offers many different types of access control products available to us so that we can design a system that is tailored to your particular requirements. Choose from a variety of card styles, including proximity (both analog and digital, magnetic stripe, and SmartCard. Choose a biometric access system based on hand geometry or fingerprints. Or you may prefer keypads, or a combination of card and keypad. Now we also have completely wireless solutions that provide a means to get full access control at remote locations that used to be difficult or expensive to wire, making access control impractical. Below you will find many of the access control products currently available from which to choose. Acess systems can consist of one or a mix of products tailored to your needs. We are experienced Systems Integrators with the knowledge and expertise to bring different types of systems together to create a seamless, functional, dynamic, and effective solution for you.
Also, keep in mind that an access system can of course control doors and gates, but it can also control and restrict access to virtually any electrical device that you can imagine, such as computer terminals, gas pumps, manufacturing equipment, etc. Below are some categories of access control devices for you to explore:
Proximity card readers are the mainstay of access control today. Gone are the slot readers of the past which required the insertion of a credential (card) in order to read the information on the card. Proximity cards can work from a short distance from the card reader, and many can even work without removing the from a wallet or purse first, thus being very convenient for the users. The readers can be concealed behind panels or glass, thus practically eliminating the chance of the hardware being vandalized. If you can't find it, you can't tamper with it!
Keypads are a tempting way to provide multi-user access to an entrance door due to the fact that separate credentials are not required (a numeric code is used instead) and thus the system cost is reduced. You should, however, consider these facts: 1. A user can give his code to others without your knowledge - and he still has his code to use whenever he wishes. 2. Entry codes tend to get written down somewhere so that they will not be forgotten - hopefully that place will not be on the wall beside the door! 3. The more users that you have, the more valid codes that must exist, and the greater the chances that a code could be "guessed" to enter the door. 4. Users tend to get careless and forget to conceal the keypad with their body when entering the code - someone could be watching from behind to get your code - for that matter the code could even be viewed by a cctv camera if there is one covering the entrance.
Barcode technology is generally used where a large number of credentials are necessary, and the security of the credential is secondary to the need for limited access to an area at minimal cost. Gated communities and parking facilities fit this scenario best. In its simplest form, the barcode could potentially be duplicated on a copying machine and used on such a system, but parking applications tend to have a highly reflective material for the barcode that is attached to the car side window, and a barcode copy on paper would not be readable by the laser scanning device. Also, the barcodes can be obscured by a dark overlay readable by a laser but not easily copied or duplicated.
Biometric readers are now becoming practcal for use in everyday access, and are found in many types of systems today. Some of the choices available include fingerprint readers, retina scan, hand geometry, facial recognition, voice recognition and more. Why use a biometric device when cards will work? Well, you always have your biometric information with you, you cannot lose it, and you cannot give it to someone else. Management does not have to purchase cards or keys, and does not have to spend the time and expense of distributing them to the users.
Wireless transmitters are found primarily where long reading distances are needed, such as entrances to gated communities. These systems provide for "install and forget" simplicity for the users, but of course are more expensive than other solutions that are available.
As System Integrators, we can help you choose those products that can integrate together, such as access control and video. Numerous manufacturers already provide solution for this purpose. Select the manufacturer's links below to be taken directly to their integration information:
Manufacturers of our Access Control Systems and Components:
Access Control | CCTV Camera Systems | Locking Hardware | Intrusion & Fire Alarm | Intercom & Paging | Photo Badging | Visitor Management | Mesh Networks
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