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What is Access Control System

May. 31, 2019

Access Control systems can be simply defined as the process by which security staff control who enters and leaves the premises and when.

Access control technically includes the time-honoured mechanical lock and key, but when people talk about access control in the modern security industry, they mean sophisticated electronic turnstiles, gates, wireless locks and other barriers increasingly incorporating aspects of IT and physical security.

The purpose of access control is to grant entrance to a building or office only to those who are authorized to be there. 

Basic Components of Access Control Systems

User facingWhat is Access Control System
Access cards, card reader and access control keypad.

Admin Facing
Access management dashboard, integrations or API.

Electric door lock hardware, access control panels, and access control servers.

In addition to locally-hosted access control systems, where the server is onsite, you have three other options:

- Cloud-based access control systems

- Mobile or smartphone-based access control systems

- IoT-based access control systems

Internet of things is used by thousands of types of products in general and almost all parts of the IoT security system commonly used in modern buildings. In access control, face recognition terminal, card readers, automatic flap barrier gate and other related devices use the technology behind the concept of the internet of things.

Rakinda's scan engine can be easily embeded into automatic turnstile. It can read barcodes on virtually any medium - paper, plastic card, mobile phones and LCD displays. The advanced technology incorporated in the scan engine promises low power consumption and prolonged service life.