What Type Of Access Control System Do I Need?
The type of access control system required for your needs depends on a variety of factors. For domestic automatic gates a remote control with an intercom might be all you require. However, for car park entry barriers with a large volume of users you might need a keypad or card reader. At Automated Access Control we will discuss with you the level of security and convenience you require and based on your budget give sound advice on the best access control system for your needs. We supply, install and maintain high quality access control systems from market leading manufacturers such as Videx and HikVision.
Access control systems can be stand alone or PC based. Stand-alone works by adding cards or fobs directly from the reader or keypad. PC based systems use a desktop reader linked to a computer. The cards or fobs are added or removed using the desktop reader.
Remote controls look and work in the same way as a car key operating its central locking. Just press the button to open or close the gate or barrier. These are most commonly used for controlling domestic electric gates as the remote control can be kept in your car or home.
A keypad is located either on or next to the gate or barrier. When you enter the correct preprogramed code, it will open or close the gate. Keypads can be stand alone or PC based.
Intercom – Video and/or Audio
Intercoms can be audio only or for added security include video. They consist of an intercom keypad located on or near the gate or barrier. The visitor presses the call button which alerts you to their presence. From the security of your home or office you can decide whether to allow or refuse access.
Vehicle Detection Loop
An induction loop is buried in your driveway or entrance. It detects when a vehicle drives over it triggering the gate or barrier to open.
Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)
ANPR uses a camera to read a car’s registration number. It’s an extremely useful tool in car park management. It works by checking the captured registration number against a list of authorised users. If the car is on the list, it will open the gate or barrier. ANPR is also commonly used in retail, supermarket and motorway services car parks for overstay management.