Some of the most consolidated products and components are:
- Digital selectors with alphanumeric keypad
- Card and badge readers
- Smart card proximity sensors, badge RFID, personal IDs (PINs) to be typed
Furthermore, technologies based on BLE, QR-Code, NFC standards relying on mobile devices, such as smartphones and wearable devices, are increasingly being used.
Mobile technology helps maximize uptime and efficiency, and provides a simple, cost-effective way to manage identification credentials in a highly flexible and fast manner.
Biometric recognition devices also deserve to be mentioned, as they allow for the identification of individuals based on their unique physiological characteristics, such as the geometry of the hand, the fingerprint, the image of the face, the morphology of the iris, and the retina.
Biometric systems are the most advanced and secure frontier of personal recognition. The biometric traits and features of an individual cannot in fact be stolen, passed on to other individuals, forgotten or lost.
Unlike traditional systems, biometric information cannot also be extorted (unless the individual is forced to use them) or used fraudulently.
An access can be enabled and opened with a simple local device, such as a stand-alone door opener, not connected to a central control unit, or supervised by a more sophisticated centralized, online access control system. In the latter option, the data detected by the readers are transferred to a server that processes the information and establishes whether the access can be opened.
Online access control systems offer exciting features, namely:
- Creation of profiles with personalized enablement
- Event storage, including access attempts, with indication of the reason for transit rejection, if necessary
Detailed reports of the transits of each individual, tracking of transit times, mapping of access attempts, flows by time slot
The access control system can also implement mechatronic solutions with wireless systems and a wide range of low maintenance, high security battery locks suitable for various applications.
With a single transponder, rather than many keys, all the doors for which an authorization has been issued can be opened. If it is lost, the transponder can be immediately disabled and any access denied.
In addition to the physical/pedestrian control of people, access control applications may also control vehicle circulation by using license plate recognition, UHF telepass, APP-BLE systems that are easy to set up for employees, customers, suppliers and visitors.
Modern access control platforms are controlled by dedicated easy-to-use software built around a scalable structure that allows for further expansion and upgrades as the user may need (number of accesses and users) with no impact on the operation of the system.