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Door Entry Systems
Scott Andrews
Scott Andrews

Ensuring that the right people can access the right areas is crucial for any organisation. More than just providing security, a well-designed door access system protects against both internal and external threats, offering the flexibility to adjust access rights instantaneously. But with so many options available, how do you choose the right door access system for your needs? Let’s go through the options and figure out which one would be most suitable for your organisation.

What are Door Access Systems?

A door access system is a sophisticated security solution for controlling who can access specific areas of your building. Think of it as an electronic gatekeeper that ensures only the right people can enter certain zones. These systems come in various forms, from simple keypads where you punch in a code to more advanced options like keycards (proximity fobs) and even biometric scanners that recognise your fingerprint or face.

Our door access systems are designed to meet your specific requirements. We provide customised solutions that fit your organisation perfectly. Here’s how you can decide which technology is right for you:

Types of Door Access Systems

In brief summary:

  1. Digital Systems
    • Pros: Simple and cost-effective. Each user is assigned a unique PIN.
    • Cons: Security can be compromised if PINs are shared or forgotten.
  2. Proximity Fob Systems
    • Pros: Easy to use and manage. Lost fobs can be quickly deactivated and replaced.
    • Cons: Fobs can be shared, potentially allowing unauthorised access.
  3. Biometric Systems
    • Pros: Uses unique physical characteristics such as fingerprints, making unauthorised access extremely difficult.
    • Cons: Higher initial cost but eliminates the need for physical fobs.

Digital Access Security

Digital door locks have come a long way from when they were just a simple set of buttons and a knob. Back then, entering the correct code and turning the knob was the height of security technology. Today, if you need a key to bypass the code, that option is readily available. If a traditional knob feels too small or inconvenient, you can opt for models with a full-size lever handle instead.

Adding electronic circuitry and a battery to these locks has made it possible to support multiple codes, enhancing security and flexibility. This upgrade also introduces an audit trail feature, which allows you to see who used their code recently—an invaluable tool for tracking access and ensuring security. Easy to install and highly versatile, mechanical and battery keypads are perfect for various applications, providing a reliable and adaptable solution for your access control needs.

Proximity Access Security

For organisations needing to track and manage personnel access, the Net2 system is a versatile solution. Combining keypads, proximity fobs, and biometric fingerprint scanners in one system allows for comprehensive access control tailored to your needs. Key features of the Net2 system include:

  • Flexibility: Mix and match access methods based on your security requirements.
  • Convenience: Administrators can easily change access rights, void lost fobs, validate new ones, and change PINs.
  • Reliability: If network connections are lost, each controller continues to operate using the last received instructions until the network is restored.
  • Integration: The system can use your existing Ethernet structure and can be powered using Power Over Ethernet technology.
  • Cost Efficiency: No annual software licenses. A one-time fee for the Professional software, with the Lite version available for free and free upgrades forever.

Biometric Access Security

For the highest level of security, biometric systems are an excellent choice. Our biometric solutions, such as the ievo fingerprint range, are the result of extensive research and experience. These fingerprint readers are designed for ease of installation and use, providing accurate and secure data through advanced multispectral imaging and world-leading algorithms.

The ievo ultimate fingerprint reader is particularly notable. It integrates seamlessly with various access control systems, including the Paxton Net2, and is suitable for a variety of harsh environments. With a capacity of up to 10,000 fingerprints (with larger options available), it can handle a vast array of security needs. Approved by the Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure, the ievo ultimate is suitable for UK Government projects and any business requiring high security.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Door Access System

  1. Security Needs
    Determine the level of security required for each area. High-security areas might benefit from biometric systems, while keypads or fobs might suffice for others.
  2. User Convenience
    Choose a system that is easy for your users to operate. Complex systems might lead to frustration and non-compliance.
  3. Scalability
    Ensure the system can grow with your organisation. A scalable solution will save time and resources in the long run.
  4. Integration
    Select a system that integrates well with your existing security measures, such as surveillance cameras and alarm systems.
  5. Budget
    Balance your budget with your security needs. Consider both initial costs and long-term benefits.
  6. Installation and Maintenance
    Professional installation ensures optimal performance. Consider the level of maintenance required to keep the system running smoothly.
  7. Reliability and Support
    Choose a system from a reputable provider with strong customer support and warranty options.

Making an Informed Decision

Choosing the right door access system is crucial for the security and efficiency of your organisation. Invest in a door access system that not only protects your premises but also offers the flexibility and control you need to manage access effectively. With the right system in place, you can ensure that only the right people can access the right areas at the right times.

Get in touch with us today to get an opinion from one of our experts.

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