Access control

Access control

Transitioning to access control systems is one of the fastest ways to boost security for your business location and building itself.

Everything you need to know

Access control consists of verifying whether an entity requesting access to a resource has the necessary rights to do so. An access control offers the possibility of accessing physical or logical resources

Compliance Regulation

There are several regulations to consider before installing your system. For example, there are Americans with Disabilities Act fire codes and regulations. Other things to consider are HIPAA and OSHA regulations for physical security. The codes may be different for each locality.

In general, fire codes require the door control system to provide an easy exit when an emergency occurs, such as a fire. This is of particular concern when using electromagnetic door locks. The magnetic lock keeps the door closed in the entry and exit directions. They require additional output devices to ensure safety. Push bars, motion detectors, and request to exit (REX) buttons are some of the things used to provide exit from a room with a mag lock.

The electric lock is sometimes easier to use because the person can turn the doorknob to exit.

Codes to consider include IBC (International Building Codes). NFPA 72: Fire Alarms, NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code) and NFPA 72 (Fire Alarm Code). Check with your local fire department or building codes to determine the regulations in your area

Credentials for Access Control Systems

Door access control systems use various credentials to unlock the door. Credentials can include physical cards we carry, a PIN we enter, a mobile credential on our smartphone, or even the physical appearance of a person (biometrics like fingerprints or facial recognition).

Electric Door Locks

Some doors are more suitable for electric locks, while others may require electromagnetic locks. Electric locks require fewer exit checks than the mag lock because the mag lock holds the door closed in both directions.

Electric strikes come in different sizes, so they will fit doors of particular sizes. It is critical to check with the manufacturer to ensure that a specific lock will fit your door. To determine the correct electric strike, you can refer to the dimensions of the lock and compare it to your door, but the easiest way is to send us a picture of the door frame and the side of each door. We will check with the manufacturer to ensure fit. It is helpful to determine what power is required for each electric lock, as that can determine the power source needed. Read our Door Readers for Everyone article to learn more about the different door readers available.

When installing an electric strike, it is essential to align the lock with the lock on the door jamb.

Power for Electric Lock

Electric locks usually require 12 VDC or 24 VDC, but it could be different. Power for the lock is sometimes available from the door controller but in some situations it must be provided from a separate supply.

Access Control Management Software

Door access management software is an essential part of your access control system. It works with the door controller to manage your organization’s door readers. It allows you to enter and define all the people who will use the doors.

Most of the available access management software provides easy management of the door reader. You can control who, when and where people can enter. What else do you need? It depends on your requirements.

The latest network-connected access control systems connect to the network. Some systems provide controllers built into the door reader or located near the door. This simplifies wiring. Knowing what you would like the access control system to do is essential. Some systems allow you to control elevators and integrate with IP cameras and intercom systems.

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