Many security problems start for homes, businesses and government installations when no one is watching. Video surveillance services from How can people have freedom to come and go without compromising the security of an area? Access management and control answers this question by letting you determine who can enter and exit an area, and what level of access they will have inside.
Advanced access control systems like keypad alarm systems and biometric readers bring many advantages over traditional locks and keys. These newer systems allow a manager to lock and unlock doors automatically, for example, and to track and document which individuals went where, and when. That information is highly valuable if the need arises to review and investigate a security incident. Access control systems (ACS) can be integrated into a comprehensive security plan that involves aspects of physical layout like heating and cooling systems, electronic locks, closed circuit television, and security surveillance.
While access control and management provide peace of mind to homeowners, due to their sophistication, these systems are more often used in government installations and high-profile commercial targets such as banks, hotels and some apartment complexes. Laboratory and testing areas that store sensitive items like radioactive materials and other top-secret devices use access control systems, including remote access control and thumb print readers. Businesses that work with sensitive government contracts also generally are required to have these systems in place.
eCam offers state-of-the-art access control systems and components including turnstiles, keypad alarm systems, biometrics, and card access. Which system you choose depends on what the purpose will be. eCam in partnership with Keytime assure monitoring around the clock and from all angles to keep an eye on places you value, even when you are not looking.
Turnstiles are a basic form of cess management and control. A turnstile is a type of gate that permits one person to pass through at a time. The purpose may be to direct the flow of people traffic in a certain way, or to restrict access to those who meet certain criteria, such as credentialed pass holders. Turnstiles are widely used as a first line of security and screening in commercial and government settings including office building lobbies and mass transit stations.
A keypad alarm system is a basic alarm system with a low-voltage circuit that involves sensors on doors and windows. When a window or door is opened, the electricity through the sensor is interrupted and the alarm will sound if activated unless a code is typed into the security keypad. Some of these alarms also use motion sensors and are triggered when motion is detected inside an area.
Keypad alarms, which are available in wired or wireless types, offer several advantages over other alarm systems. They allow the user to control all the access points in a structure, giving access only to select people. These alarms also can be activated whether or not the user is in the area.
The term “biometrics” comes from the Greek words “bios” meaning life and “metron” meaning measurement. Biometrics is the science of confirming a person’s identity through the analysis of that individual’s unique physical or behavioural traits. In access control, biometric systems can include fingerprint-readers and voice and retina-recognition systems. These solutions offer advantages over other keyless methods like card readers, which can be lost or stolen.
In contrast, biometric systems grant access based on unique traits that cannot be easily lost, such as fingerprints, vocal sounds and retinas. These traits also are not easily duplicated by anyone seeking to tamper with the security system. Wired keypad alarm systems connect to a control panel. The wires, hidden in walls and various crawl spaces, go to sensors placed on doors and windows, and the keypads themselves. Instead of wires, wireless keypad alarm systems use radio transmitters to send signals to each other. The same alarm effect is created when doors or windows are opened without entering the code into the numeric keypad.
Card access relies on key cards, normally flat and rectangular-shaped pieces of plastic, that are presented to a card reader. Access control card readers are used in physical security systems to read a credential that allows access through controlled points, often a locked door. Access control readers offered by eCam are classified by functions they are able to perform and by identification technology. Types include a magnetic stripe, bar code, smart card, and proximity cards.