Controlling unauthorized entry into buildings, lobbies, foyers, or work areas is an increasing concern. As we hear almost nightly on the news networks, there are alarming incidents of workplace violence and intrusion crimes.
Architectural structures used as “barriers” have been around since the beginning of mankind. The difference today is that we can now allow access electronically, and, likewise disallow access. Your entries and exits are capable of being controlled by time of day and day of week.
A secretary or receptionist may buzz you into an area, or you may usean “authorized use technology” that will simply open or unlock a secured door when you present it. “Authorized Use Technologies” generally consist of two component parts; the component carried or supplied by the individual (a code, a device or a body part) and the “reader” component (gathers the user information from his carried component).
Commonly used technologies include, Keypad Codes, Swipe Card (magnetically read or visually read using a Bar Code). They also include an “Embedded Technology” such as “Weigand Cards” which are more secure that the other methods of identification. Pictures may also be printed on these badge-like technologies for additional verification of the user’s ID.