Comparison of Door Readers Used in Access Control Systems
A door reader is an integral part of a door access control system. It is the interface between the person at the door and the rest of the access control system.
We have come a long way since the early magnetic stripe cards. The new door readers can read RFID card credentials, mobile phone credentials, and biometric credentials. Some of the door readers are combinations of a reader and a controller. This means that all the intelligence is built into the reader at the door. This reader-controller connects to the network.
This article provides a comparison of available door access control readers.
The news is filled with stories about criminal activity that affect our safety and security. Disturbed people have attacked houses of worship, schools, and businesses. Organized criminals have been implicated in smash and grab intrusions in retail stores. Surveillance cameras provided by IP camera systems have helped catch the criminals, but what can we do to prevent the intrusions. This article describes the proactive measures we can take to make life safer.
New Developments in IP Camera Systems Make You Safer
Over the last 20 years, much has changed in the security market, yet many things stay the same. IP camera systems, door access control, and IP intercoms provide the primary security systems, but many organizations have not implemented many innovations that make organizations safer.
One example is the use of intelligent cameras in IP camera systems. Many places have continued to use the old methodology established many years ago.
This article provides a review of the changes in IP camera technology and how the increased capability can enhance your security.
IP camera systems have been used for surveillance for many years, but there is controversy when facial recognition is added to the system. For example, there have been concerns about law enforcement using face recognition in public locations. Criticisms against facial recognition include race bias and privacy issues.
Using facial recognition for door access control is quite different from identifying someone in a crowd. When face recognition is used in an access control application, we register and recognize a limited set of people. Privacy is not an issue. This article compares face recognition for door access control to finding a person in a crowd.
A panda walks into a bar. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air. “Why? Why are you behaving in this strange, un-panda-like fashion?” asks the confused waiter as the panda walks towards the exit. The panda produces a wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder. “I’m a panda,” he says at the door. “Look it up.” The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation. “Panda: Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots, and leaves.”
Even during the pandemic, some companies were busy creating new technology. New IP cameras included advanced intelligence that improved camera performance, enhanced object detection and notified the user about alarm conditions. Access control systems improved their software and provided cloud as well as on-site management software. IP intercoms enhanced the “if-then” selections that provided automatic responses to security situations.
When criminals trash and steal from businesses, it traumatizes customers and employees. You would like law enforcement to respond as quickly as possible, but how can you help? One crucial contribution is good video surveillance that allows law enforcement to identify the perpetrators.