Advantages Of Keyless Door Entry Systems For Businesses

Keeping your offices and business premises secure is a top priority for asset and employee security. There has been significant progress from lock and key, and businesses no longer need to issue bulky sets of keys to ensure they’re secure.

Staff, employees, and authorised personnel can use convenient keyless door entry systems that provide seamless and customised experiences for access control needs. A keyless entry system eliminates the lock and key entry method through a digital access control system.

You’ll no longer need to make keys for every new employee you hire or worry about staff losing keys or sharing them with unauthorised persons. Simply install a keyless door entry system and control how your employees enter your business premises.

A keyless door entry system makes your business more secure and tech-savvy, giving you more oversight and access to control data for improving your business’s physical security.

You can implement a keyless door entry system for your business in various ways, from simple versions like key cards and key fobs to virtual methods like fingerprint access control or biometric access control.

What Is The Function Of A Key Card?

The function of a key card is to securely and efficiently grant or restrict access to business premises or a specific area. There are many different key card systems, from proximity cards and swipe cards to key fob door entry systems. The function is always the same despite the different names and technology used.

Key cards often double as employee ID cards or badges, and they provide access through electronically powered doors. Key card or key fob door entry systems feature a reader, controller and access control system installed and connected to an electronic door locking system.

A key card reader is installed on the door, and you can gain access by either tapping your card on the reader, inserting it or swiping it. With key cards, you don’t need to insert traditional keys into tumbler locks to gain access.

Instead of physical keys, key cards have embedded access credentials on the key card magstripe or a chip in the card itself, which the reader reads each time you attempt an unlock. Key fobs are small programmable devices you can easily attach to a keychain and contain a short-range radio frequency identification (RFID) chip. The access systems grant access permission if they recognise the unique code on your card or fob.

The smart access control reader is wired to an electric lock on your door. Once the reader recognises the access credential, it communicates with the door lock, signalling it to start unlocking. It all takes less than a second with a good access control system!

Types Of Key Cards And Key Fobs

With advancements in security technology, there are many key cards and critical fob door entry systems to choose from. You should only select the one that works well with the size of your business, the desired capabilities of the system and your security budget.

The three main types of key cards and fobs available today include:

Wiegand Cards

Wiegand cards are key cards that operate on a unique wire communication system. Wiegand is the technology used in card sensors and readers, and the system involves a wired communication interface that runs between a controller and a reader.

You can find Wiegand technology in cards, fingerprint readers, and other data capturing devices in access control applications. The wire communication aspect comes from embedded wires in a Wiegand card which follows a similar essential function as bank cards.

However, bank cards use a band of ferromagnetic material instead of wiring. Wiegand sensors or readers read the information on Wiegand cards, and this can include:

  • Employee identification information
  • Credit card numbers
  • Medical histories
  • Bank account numbers
  • Criminal records

The wire sets containing such information are difficult to duplicate or counterfeit, and you’ll need a Wiegand sensor for the system to work. A complete Wiegand system will include a device holding the data, like a Wiegand card, and the reader.

The specialised wired communication format between the reader and access control system is vital. The industry-standard open encoding format for access control systems is the 26-bit Wiegand. It offers many possible unique card numbers and facility codes to keep your data more secure.

Swipe Cards

Swipe cards are magnetic stripe cards that work by storing data in a magnetic layer on a card. Such magnetic layers can store data by altering tiny magnetic particles.

Swipe card access can be used in identity verification, credit card payments and physical security. You must swipe or pull the card through a magnetic reader to confirm the data and enable the card access system to function.

Swipe card access control is a suitable security solution if your business premises need to continually let many of the same people, like employees, in and out. The magnetic stripe is the critical differential from other key cards, but it can contain additional ways to store, read, and write data, like microchips and RFID tags.

They’re an affordable and convenient way to control access. Magnetic readers read the data when you swipe the card and enable access. Unlike RFIDs, swipe cards are interoperable and physical possession of the card is necessary for an invader to compromise the magnetic stripe and steal data.

Swipe cards also enable individual audit trails and tracking. They provide read access only, meaning you can only use it in passive mode without writing capabilities or changing the data in the system. However, they provide limited security protection, and you may have to incorporate extra authentication factors and technology for top security needs.

Proximity/RFID Cards

Proximity or radio frequency identification (RFID) cards are contactless smart cards with tags identifiable from various distances depending on the frequency used.

They’re also called tags or fobs, and you can classify them by the range they communicate, either high, low or ultra-high. They can communicate actively or passively with the reader.

Active RFID cards have batteries or a power source included. They’re used for greater read distances, while passive ones are only powered when they’re within range of the radio signals from the reader. Proximity cards are low-frequency and fall under passive RFID cards since they have no means of getting power.

Proximity and RFID cards emit information in the radio frequency range, and the reader picks up the signal and authenticates the information. A unique serial number in the device provides identification when scanned by the reader.

They usually consist of three components: an antenna, a capacitor, and an integrated circuit containing the user’s ID number. The reader has an antenna that continuously emits a short-range radio frequency (RF) field.

Proximity cards absorb the energy or induced current generated by the reader when you hold the card on the reader. The energy causes or creates a current powering the integrated circuit, making the card emit its ID number.

Types of Locking Systems

Keypad Entry

Keypad entry requires you to input a numerical code or PIN to open the door and gain access. The user punches the code through a numerical pad similar to those on basic calculators. The door lock or deadbolt releases when you enter the correct code and automatically locks when the door closes.

Keypad entry can use a mechanical or electric lock. The mechanical keypad lock doesn’t require any external power source, while the electrical version requires a constant power source.

Electric keypad entry door locks offer more advanced features and versatility. For example, some advanced models can respond to other input sources like Bluetooth or wireless code entry. Other models include smart locks that accept different types of user access like fingerprint access control.

RFID Proximity Entry

RFID proximity entry is a contactless locking system where the credential doesn’t have to touch the reader for it to work. Data transmission occurs over radio frequencies, and the complete system requires antennas, RFID tags, an RFID reader and a transceiver.

An RFID door access control contains unique credentials in a proximity card or key fob access with an RFID chip. When users are close to proximity readers, the readers signal locates the information and sends it through antennas and transceivers to authorise access.

Biometric Entry

Biometric access control is a popular security system that provides improved security and convenience than other keyless entry systems. Instead of keys, access codes, RFID cards, or card readers, biometric door access control uses biometrics to secure door locks, either electric or magnetic locks.

They work by identifying individual biological recognition patterns like facial or fingerprint recognition. The recognition patterns are encoded into data points and compared against the registered database. The system recognises the person when matches are found and allows entry by unlocking the door.

It’s very convenient and secure since you don’t have to worry about losing your key card, keys or access code because the authentication is always with you.

Video Entry

A video door entry system provides you with an extra layer of security by allowing you to verify a user’s identity before granting them access. Also called a video intercom system, it will enable two-way communication with video streaming capabilities where your request entry through video calls.

One device is mounted permanently at the entry point with circuitry that allows users to announce their arrival. A video camera will enable end-users to see live video feeds of the person seeking access to the building or premises.

The best video intercom system provides you with functionalities and features that make your life easier. You can access them via phone and communicate with guests from wherever you are. Such keyless entry systems require internet connectivity and a stable wifi network.

Benefits Of Key Card Access

  • Cost-Effective

Key card access can save your business money because you dint have to print many keys for your employees or have separate keys for each door. You won’t have to worry about re-issuing keys or changing locks when changing access.

  • Improved Security

Key card access increases your premises’ level of security by ensuring only the correct users gain entry while preventing unauthorised access. You get more control data about access attempts or entry history.

  • Integrations

You can integrate keyless entry systems like key card access with different systems and software like CCTVs for improved authentication and security. You can connect them with time and attendance tracking systems, payroll systems and biometric access control.

Gain Greater Control Over Your Buildings and Facilities

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