In this day and age, there is usually one big thing that people concern them with: security. Access control systems, if applied correctly, increase the security of your home or your office. Whether in the form of biometrics, hand-held alarms, perimeter detection or other such things, access control systems are slowly making their way into our homes. But are all these fancy high-tech access control systems really needed to secure our homes?
In the United States today, correctional facilities like prisons, jails and detention centres embrace these new fads in security access control systems. Maybe these are more effective for prisons, some say. Others argue that a traditional lock and key is far more effective. But how do we increase the security of our own homes without spending thousands of dollars for expensive access control systems?
It’s simple! We use door access control systems. By controlling who enters our homes, we can increase the level of security. In the past, we used keys and locks on our doors to prevent and restrict access, and we still do up to today. However, what happens when the key gets stolen or we lose it? It becomes problematic. This is the reason inventors developed door access control systems. Whether we wish to eliminate the need for spending several minutes searching for our keys, or to have more control over who enters daddy’s study, security access control systems is currently the most effective way of protecting our home and certain areas of our property. Door access control systems come in three kinds: basic, semi-intelligent and intelligent.
Basic door access control relies on a simple authentication system that reads a PIN or a smart card and forwards it to the central control panel. The central control panel decides whether to unlock the door based on the PIN or card that was entered and sends the appropriate signal to the electric strike. This is the most common of the three and the most affordable.
A semi-intelligent door access control has all the required inputs and outputs to control the door, but does not make the decisions. If a pin or a card is entered, it sends a signal to the control panel and waits for the response, and unlocks the door if the response is positive.
The intelligent door access control systems are the most advanced of the three. They control the door, and do not need to be connected to the central control panel to make decisions. And some are so advanced that they can allow access based on your finger prints!
So, which one of these door access control systems is the most appropriate for our individual homes? Well, a PIN-based basic door access control would be sufficient enough to increase security in our homes much more than a traditional lock and key ever could. But if you have a lot of money at your disposal, why not go all the way and get the most advanced technologies available? The price is never too high for protecting our homes and families.
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