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Access Control Systems

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Access Control systems restrict access to certain areas within a business or premises. This can include limiting who enters via a door, gate, barrier, etc.

Coupled with an intercom, a basic system will enable authorised persons to enter an area with a fob, pin code, card, etc.  Anyone else will need to request entry via the intercom.

Access Control Systems monitor the movement of people or vehicles in a restricted area and identify individuals using PIN Codes on Electronic Keypads, cards & fobs on Proximity Readers or biometric readers – e.g. fingerprint readers.

Access Control System Devices

Entry Options

•    Intercom (PIN) – Code and keypad
•    Keypad (PIN) – Code
•    Keypad (Proximity) – Fob
•    Keypad (PIN and Proximity combo)
•    Biometrics (e.g. Fingerprint reader)

•    Request to Exit (RTE) Switch – Press release button
•    Proximity Release Switch – Hand in close proximity to release

Exit Options

Intercom Options

•    Audio Intercoms
•    Video Intercoms


Door Lock Options

Maglocks (Internal Doors)

Magnetic locks (maglocks) are the most common system. A magnet is fitted on the door frame while the keeper plate is secured to the door. The magnetic force locks the door. It is released by switching power off using a release button, coded keypad, intercom etc. Maglocks can also come in IP rated versions for outside use.

Abloy Locks (External Doors)

Suitable for use in swipe card, fob reader, keypad etc. The electronic locks include both motor locks with bolts withdrawn by motor and solenoid locks with handles or free mechanisms. These locks are generally controlled by some form of “access control”, ranging from a standalone system to a complex networked system.

Access Control System Benefits



Systems can be programmed to allow users to enter certain areas, but not other locations. Restrictions can be put in place for designated times. Other selected users can have full access at all times.




These systems can create a detailed audit trail, tracking which person/card opened which door and when.


Systems can automatically lock a door or gate each evening at a certain time and unlock it at another time. They can also be automatically interfaced with other Building Control Systems e.g. To release some or all doors in the event of a Fire Alarm Activation.



Lost, stolen or redundant cards can be deleted from the system. Preventing unauthorised access from former users or others.


Visual Verification


It is possible to identify visitors, temporary employees, contractors and full-time employees when distinctive colour-coded badges are used.

Health & Safety Compliance

Systems can be set to release all doors, gates, etc. in the event of an emergency.

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