Access Control Systems are electronic door entry systems usually controlled through a computer. The computer can be located on site and as well as use of an off site computer through internet access. The computer controls programming of the doors as well as individual cards or key fobs and key pad entry. Through your computer you can allow the door to be locked or opened at certain times on any given day and program the individuals cards or access codes to gain entry at certain times and days.
A card reader can be installed inside the door to scan out and can be used for time sheets and to allow access back in. If the scan is not performed to go out the card will not allow access back in. An audit trail can be performed to identify who has entered, what time, and what date.
Access Control Systems consist of a control panel(with battery back ups), a module for each card reader, located in the control panel or hidden in the ceiling just above the door. A card reader or key pad usually located beside the door. The lock can be an electromagnetic lock installed at the top of the door. The lock can also be a lever set, panic bar, or push paddle and be released from an electric strike. Electronic lock sets are also used. If a magnetic lock is used there must be two means to unlock the door from the inside. Most common are a PIR (passive infrared detector) located above the door inside and a Request To Exit Button located inside just beside the door. These are there to ensure life saftey in an emergency.
Stand alone systems are also widely used. They normally run on batteries and are programmed at the unit. A hand held programmer, PDA, or laptop can also be used to program these units and are sometimes required.
At Brad's Safe and Lock Service, Inc. we use the latest state of the art equipment. Our professional technicians install and service the following brands of Access Control Equipment.