12 Jul Different Types of Door Entry Systems and Their Benefits
Having a door entry system is very important for any business or premise as a security measure that ensures that the business or premise is out bounds for people who are not authorised to access it. There are different types of door entry systems in use today and the one that one chooses depends on the area they want to install it and the types of features they prefer. There are also factors that one needs to consider before installing entry systems in their business, for instance, the cost convenience, reliability and maintenance. These are the various types and their benefits:
- Proximity readers
These are the most common types of door entry systems in commercial buildings. This type of system is very easy to use; the user is only required o swipe the card every time they enter the door. One advantage in using the proximity readers is that cards are replaceable in case an authorised person loses his. Cards can also be deactivated and new ones issued with no problem at all.
These types of systems are very safe because verification methods can be included into the technology, for instance use of photo IDs to ensure that only authorised persons are entering the premise. The newest proximity cards are able to work from a smaller distance, therefore users do not have to be in contact with the card to gain access. Above all, these are the most affordable of all other door entry systems on the market. They are also easier to control and manage.
- Stand Alone Locks
These are the types of door entry systems that are installed to control access on a single door. The locks operate with the aid of internal batteries that are replaceable. It can also be unlocked using a keypad, a card or in some cases, both. These types of locks can be operated in no time after installation, which places them at an advantage over the others.
Also, the locks are usually a single lock, with all its parts and smarts within it, not distributed in various parts. This is what makes them cost-effective. Since there are no such costs as cabling, complicated installation costs and conduit, many businesses can easily afford them.
Standalone locks are most suited for those premise with few access control points. There are those that come with hand-held readers, which can be used to access information about previous users from the lock.
These are however not useful in places where there are so many people accessing the single door.
- Biometric Systems
These types of systems use physical characteristics such as handprints, fingerprints and retinal scans, to identify users and give them access to restricted areas. These are so far the most secure of all door entry systems in use today. They are however more costly than the three systems discussed above. A lot of people find them more invasive especially those who have to use them on a daily basis. Biometric systems are however very effective especially if used in places where traffic flow is low.
Their unique way of identifying individuals authorized to access certain areas makes them more effective in ensuring the safety and security of protected areas. They are also very convenient; they use an easy installation and setup process. The biometric credentials are always with the users, therefore there is no paper work involved.
Even if the initial installation is costly, these systems are very cheap to maintain. They for instance do not require password resets, which might cost a business some money.