Access control systems typically describes a system of electric locks that restrict access to specific areas. Only users with the proper credentials may enter an area. The most basic systems are standalone numeric keypads with a power supply and electric locking mechanism. On the other end of the spectrum an advanced system can have hundred of doors with thousands of users.
A typical access control system has the ability to log the movement of users and create reports to assist security personnel when necessary. Users and user credentials are stored in a database. When a credential is presented the information is compared to the database and access is granted or denied.
Card access systems use smart card technology to encode different levels of security clearance for individuals to enter a facility or use certain equipment. They also provide information about who was where and what they were doing. Card access is used by many businesses to allow employees to enter facilities and provides the first layer of protection against intruders. Many businesses also put employees’ photos on their smart cards and ask them to display their access cards as ID when they are on business property.
Smart cards have the benefit of being more durable than keypad entry, which can quickly wear down after thousands of presses. In addition, businesses can take immediate action to deactivate a card that is reported lost or stolen and issue a new one to the employee. Some businesses use smart cards to access and/or activate equipment that is segregated for purposes of security, such as computers used for high-clearance government or military contracts. Others may want to restrict access to particularly expensive equipment or equipment that requires special training to use. Alpha Computer Group can provide you with smart card and access technology that meets your exact needs. Contact us today to discuss if this solution is the right one for your business.
Locally Managed Access – Alpha Computer Group will design and install your access control system, as well as integrate your badging and visitor entry systems. We’ll provide either a software- or web-based management application, which your team can use to easily manage your access system. This solution is ideal for small- to mid-sized offices or facilities with consistent schedules and staffing.
eAccessManager – In addition to installing your system, Alpha Computer Group will provide complete remote management of your system over a secure, web-based application. We can administer your badging and cardholder database, manage door lock schedules, and provide activity/exception reports as needed. These solutions can benefit many businesses in industries like distribution/ logistics, where staffing and schedules can frequently fluctuate.
Centrally Managed Access – This remotely managed access control solution is designed for businesses operating multiple facilities or very large complexes. Network IP compatibility allows our team to integrate databases and easily control the varying access requirements at all locations through our server-based software application. This type of solution is best used in large, multi-site, integrated environments such as university campuses, retail chains, healthcare facilities, sports stadiums, and more.
Types of Access Control Systems – Proximity Cards, Smart Cards, Biometrics, HID, Retinal and Facial Recognition
Brands of Access Control Systems – Keri Systems, NextgenID, Inc., BioLink Solutions, Secura Key, Honeywell, MKS Instruments, A10 Networks, ADT, TYCO, ADEMCO, Cisco, Black Box, Algo Solutions, Gryphon Networks, Avaya, and many many more!
Alpha Computer Group can also integrate your access control systems with intrusion detection systems, video surveillance systems, fire detection systems, time and attendance systems, and any other security systems you operate. Our company has skilled technicians and offices across North America. We also have our Help Desk Service Centers (HDSC) in the U.S. and Canada which provide 24/7/365 monitoring and support.