Physical access control is a matter of who, where, and when. An access control system determines who is allowed to enter or exit, where they are allowed to exit or enter, and when they are allowed to enter or exit. Historically, this was partially accomplished through keys and locks. When a door is locked, only someone with a key can enter through the door, depending on how the lock is configured. Mechanical locks and keys do not allow restriction of the key holder to specific times or dates. Mechanical locks and keys do not provide records of the key used on any specific door, and the keys can be easily copied or transferred to an unauthorized person. When a mechanical key is lost or the key holder is no longer authorized to use the protected area, the locks must be re-keyed

13 Aug 2018

5 Things to Know about Keeping your Card Access Control Systems healthy

Door Access Control Systems
Card Access Control Systems, Keyless Door Entry, Door Access Control

5 Things to Know about Keeping your Card Access Control Systems healthy


Keep your Card Access Control Systems Updated

The heart of your Card Access Control Systems is the computer hosting the card access control operating system and database. Sometimes these computers are hardened systems provided by the vendor or regular windows PCs where the Card Access Control Systems software is loaded. If the computer system hosting the card access control systems software is not up to date and maintained properly it could shut your door entrance system down. If the door controller’s firmware is not updated it could shut down the system. Ask your vendor how often they update and review the health of the computer system and access control door controller’s operating systems.


Have the Right Power Protection for your Card Access Control Systems

Having the right power protection in place is key to maintaining a healthy Card access control system for your building. A properly sized Un-Interruptible Power Supply (UPS) will protect your systems from power surges and keep the system functioning in the event of a power failure or other catastrophic power event. Have your vendor explain the power protection solution they have in place for your systems, so you can make sure you are protected. Also ask them how often the UPS batteries are inspected because the batteries have a 2 to 3-year lifespan.


Audit the Data Base of the Card Access Control System

It is recommended that a quarterly audit be done of the access control data base. The data base is where all the user information is hosted. Who has key cards and fobs. What access they have and when do they have access. Are there tenants who have left the building that still have access? Are there ex-employees who still have access? Is there any strange activity going on where access is being granted where it shouldn’t be? A simple report may be available that can be reviewed quarterly.

Check the controllers

Where the computer hosting your solution is the heart of the system the controller boards are its eyes and ears. These boards communicate with the main card access control system to open the door for this card! Yes, this key card is valid let the person in. It’s important that these boards be visually inspected for wear at least annually. The controller boards also need to be updated annually with the latest firmware to insure they are functioning properly and the system remains software bug free. It’s also a good idea to know the age of your controller boards and to have your vendor keep replacements on hand in case of a failure.

Maintain the Door Strikes of the Card Access Control Systems

Door strikes must be maintained properly to keep your door access control system functioning correctly. The door strike plate is affixed to the doorjamb. When the door is closed the bolt extends into the hole in the strike plate and holds the doors closed. If a door strike is not engaging properly your doors will not lock and anyone can gain entrance. The strikes can also be lubricated and cleaned to extend life. A visual inspection monthly is a good idea. A work order system making the door strike a priority need is also a good idea.

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12 Jun 2018

5 Things to consider when installing elevator access control systems

Elevator Access Control SystemsElevator Access Control and your Building

5 Things to consider when installing elevator access control

It is becoming increasingly popular to control security and floor access in multi floor buildings and hi-rise buildings by connecting your elevator control system with an access control system. The system is set up so an access card is needed to operate some or all of the floor selection buttons in the elevator car. This allows a card reader to be installed in the elevator. Swiping a card across the reader gives the user access to the floors as programmed in the management interface.

This gives the building manager and security manager the ability to provide access to certain floors at certain times for the card holders. For example; employees who work in the Marketing department on the 5th floor may be denied elevator access to the Data Center on the 7th floor. Janitorial teams may be provided access at scheduled times only is another example. Contractors could be allowed elevator and floor access for a limited period of time.

PC Interface for Elevator Access Control

A PC based interface gives you the ability to manage access and control of the system through an easy to use intuitive application on a PC. Access to the management interface can be provided through a network connection so any PC sharing the same network can be given access to manage the system. This means multiple individuals can be given rights to create users, manage user’s profiles and program access times and entrance rights.

Experienced Elevator Access Control

It is important that the company installing the access control system in the elevator have a good handle on all the electronic parts of an elevator control system. That’s not to so say it’s necessary your access control company is an elevator expert, but knowledge of the I/O and control boards is necessary. This will save you from finger pointing between the elevator company and access control company in the event there are issues.

Issues with Elevator Access Control

A software based access control system definitely has many benefits, they are easier to manage and program, but there can be issues also. Sometimes there can be delays between the time the card swipes the reader to the time the elevator operates. This is because the elevator controls look to the access control software to make its decision whether to grant access or not. There are options to have access control run directly from the I/O board instead of the software system. Card swipes the swipe is identified as a valid entry in the access control software, the access control software tells the elevator control start. All though this maybe a 1-2 second delay your access control vendor needs to take the delay into consideration and mitigate it through proper cabling and a proper network solution.

Licensing for Elevator Access Control

Be cautious of on-going license costs to operate your elevator access control solution. Some companies look to charge an up-front licensing fee to use their software and charge an annual fee for updates. They also may provide different licenses to do different things. For instance; the base license may not open-up all the features of the system. You may not get access to an IP camera interface, or the ability to do reporting and get data base access. To get the full license may require you to pay upgrade fees and higher annual renewal fees.

Integration with Elevator Access Control

Elevator access control is not the single answer to building security. Consider integrating the access control system with a camera surveillance system. With the proper integration video clips of people entering and using the elevator access control system card can be cross referenced and audited to insure the cards are not being shared improperly. Consider using readers on all building entrances, this can be the first line of defense. Readers can also be added to halls and other office entrances on each floor to provide tighter measures.

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