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Door Access Control – Frequently Asked Questions FAQs

Door Access Questions and Answers

Door access control questionsDoor access control systems provide security for business, school, government organizations. Access control has become more important as the need for improved safety has increased.

 

How does door access control work, what is the most secure access control system, and why do I need door access control management software are some of the questions and answers provided.

 

The following list of frequently asked questions is provided to help you learn more about the technology.

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IP Camera Systems – The Complete Reference Guide

Everything you wanted to know about IP camera systems

IP camera System ConceptSo you would like to purchase an IP camera system. You may have some idea about your goals. But, are those expectations realistic?

 

The more you know about the capability of the IP camera system, the better you can select the system that meets your expectations.

 

This technical summary provides the information you need to make an informed purchase of your IP camera system.

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How Door Access Control Works

How the Door Reader, credential and access control software work

Door access controlDoor access control has become a very important part of our security structure. The door readers control the electric lock and determine who enters the building.

 

The access control readers use credentials which can be cards that fit in your wallet, or thick lanyard cards with holes that can be worn around your neck, or keyfobs that attach to your keyring. The latest door readers can also use your smartphone to open the door. The most secure credentials are your biometric attribute. Your face or fingerprint provides accurate identification of you rather than the credential you carry.

 

This article describes how door access control systems work.

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How to Increase Security in an Apartment Building

Apartment Building Technology for Security

Apartment Building Security Network attached security devices can provide walls of defense that increase safety in apartment buildings. Security can be provided by a number of different IP technologies such as door access control, IP camera systems, and IP intercoms and paging systems. Much like the walls of a castle, they provide increased safety and security.

 

Here is a summary of the lines of defense established by security technology:

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Mobile Panic Buttons for Business, Schools, and Healthcare

How Mobile Personal Emergency Buttons Work

The latest mobile panic buttons are designed for business, education, healthcare, hotels, and other organizations.  The mobile panic button provides advanced capability and operates through cell phone services so are not tethered to one location. They can be used anywhere there is a phone connection.

panic buttons concept

The new panic buttons have key features designed for business applications. The features include GPS locating, monitored travel, two-way conversations, silent monitoring of audio, operate anywhere, and include a flexible safety center.  The safety response center can be any place you choose. It is not tied to any specific service. You can establish a response center in your corporation, at the hospital, in your school, or hotel. Historically, panic buttons were used for medical emergencies in the home. These panic button systems were generally tied to a specific emergency answering service that helped to verify and provide emergency response.  Here’s how the new mobile panic buttons are used in business, schools and commercial organizations.

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What is the Best Camera for IP Camera Systems

Comparison of Surveillance Cameras for Your IP Camera Systems

Comparison of IP CamerasTo determine the best surveillance camera, you must first understand your objectives.  The purposes of your surveillance system include increased safety, reduced theft, improved productivity, or reducing liability. It also includes how quickly you need to be notified of an alarm condition.

 

Do you want to know when a person steals the laptop from the desk or leaves an unattended package, or do you need to record what happens in the parking lot?

 

This comparison of IP cameras focuses on the cameras. The camera is only one part of the IP camera system. The complete surveillance system includes a video recording and management system, network switches, and video storage system.

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Panic Buttons and Security

How to Integrate Panic Buttons into Your Security System

Panic buttons for Active Shooter SituationsPanic buttons can be added to security systems to increase safety and security. For example, these alarm buttons can be integrated into a security system such as surveillance camera systems, Paging systems, and door access control systems. Placing panic buttons in strategic areas can help to assure quick response to emergencies. There is even a mobile personal panic button that can be carried with you.

 

Emergencies occur without warning. It could be a health problem, an active shooter situation, or a criminal attack. The panic button provides rapid emergency notification. Here’s how to add panic buttons to security systems.

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Abbreviations and Acronyms of Computers and Security

Glossary of Abbreviations and Acronyms used in the security business

Security Abbreviations and AcronymsWhen I started working for IBM many years ago, all the new employees had to go to training classes. They taught us all about their products. I found that I not only had to learn about their technology but also about the abbreviations and acronyms they used.

 

When I left IBM to work at another engineering company, I learned that many of the abbreviations I learned at IBM were not used in the general industry. I had to learn a new set of abbreviations and acronyms. You may have also noted that the government has their own language.

 

Here are examples of some technical abbreviations and acronyms:

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How to Integrate Door Access and IP Camera Systems

The best way to integrate IP Video and IP door access systems

IP door access and camera integration

Door Access Control and IP Camera Systems provide security by themselves. When the two systems are integrated, they provide a higher level of security and safety.

 

There are some different ways to integrate cameras and door control systems. There are proprietary systems that only support specific hardware, and there are non-proprietary system solutions that can use more general hardware. This article provides the pros and cons of the different methods for integrating these security systems.

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How to Install IP Door Readers

Installing IP Door ReadersIP Door Access Control Systems are easy to install and provide excellent flexibility. There are RFID proximity IP readers and biometric door readers such as fingerprint or facial recognition readers, that connect to the network. In many cases, you can use PoE to power the reader and the electric lock.

 

An IP door access control reader is different from the older Wiegand door readers. Instead of connecting to a control panel, the door reader attaches to the network. All the intelligence is inside the reader. It maintains the rules and holds the database of users who can access the door. This means that even if the network is down, the reader will still operate (if it has power). The door access software is used to manage and edit the information that’s stored in the readers. It only communicates with the readers when there is a change in the information.

 

This article takes the mystery out of network attached door access control systems and describes how to install them.

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