About Access Control

An Access Control system, is a security technique

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Access Control

An Access Control system, is a security technique that can be used to regulate who or what can access rooms or areas in a secured building.

Card access control systems allow you to electronically manage, restrict and delete individual’s access to your building. Anyone who needs access to your building is issued a fob or a card which has a unique identifying number embedded. In the card access software, the fobs unique number is linked to a specific individual. Installing controlled access systems provides business owners with a higher level of security and a higher level of convenience. The fob system allows you to instantly delete access when employees leave without returning their fobs. Physical access control limits access to buildings, individual floors, offices, physical IT assets, storage, file rooms and many more.

Access Control is about enabling authorization identification, authentication, access approval, and accountability of entities through login credentials including passwords, personal identification numbers (PINs), biometric scans, and physical or electronic keys. Without Access Control there is no data security. Most importantly Access Control gives organizations peace of mind, peace of mind knowing that their people, property and assets are safe. With an easy-to-use, role-based system that can grow with you, it has the flexibility to integrate with software and systems you already have, which helps eliminate extra work and increase productivity.

We keep up to date with the latest technological developments and in doing so work with the major manufacturers in this field – AVIGILON, KANTECH, CANSEC, Mircom, Aiphone, Adams Rite, Camden, RCI Rutherford, Interlogix, KEYSCAN, HID, LENEL and many more.   We install new systems as well as upgrade existing access systems.  Professional installation and guaranteed service.


Biometrics is the technical term for body measurements and calculations. It refers to metrics related to human characteristics. Biometrics authentication is used as a form of identification and access control.

Biometric identifiers are often categorized as physiological characteristics, for example, Fingerprint, Face Recognition, DNA, Palm Print, Iris Recognition, Retina and many more.

The obvious advantage of biometric technology compared to more conventional or traditional authentication methods, such as personal ID cards, magnetic cards, keys or passwords, is that it is intrinsically linked to an individual person and therefore not easily compromised through theft, collusion or loss.

Most biometric systems are easy to use and this simplifies user management resulting in cost savings.  Users do not need to remember passwords or PIN numbers and user accounts cannot be shared. If improved reliability or security is needed, it is possible to use a combination of one or more biometric technologies such as facial and voice recognition.


Key Components

Access control systems vary widely in type and complexity. However, most card access control systems consist of at lease the following basic components


Access Cards Or Fob

The access card may be thought of as an electronic “key”. The access card is used by persons to gain access through the doors secured by the access control system. Each access card is uniquely encoded. Most access cards are approximately the same size as a standard credit card, and can easily be carried in a wallet or purse. A key fob is a small electronic security device with built-in authentication protocols or mechanisms to allow whoever possesses it to enter a secured area or location.


Card Readers

To read the card or fob you need a reader at the door. Different types of readers are standalone, wireless or integrated proximity readers or IP readers. Card readers are the devices used to electronically “read” the access card. Card readers may be of the “insertion” type (which require insertion of the card into the reader), or may be of the “proximity” type (which only require that the card be held in a 3″ to 6″ proximity of the reader. Card readers are usually mounted on the exterior (non-secured) side of the door that they control.


Access Control Keypads

Access control keypads are devices which may be used in addition to or in place of card readers. The access control keypad has numeric keys which look similar to the keys on a touch-tone telephone.

The access control keypad requires that a person desiring to gain access enter a correct numeric code. When access control keypads are used in addition to card readers, both a valid card and the correct code must presented before entry is allowed.

Where access control keypads are used in place of card readers, only a correct code is required to gain entry.


Electric Lock Hardware

Electric lock hardware is the equipment that is used to electrically lock and unlock each door that is controlled by the access control system. To unlock the door you need an electronic lock. Normally used are electronic strikes, magnetic locks, wired mortise locks or electrified push bars.
There are a wide variety of different types of electric lock hardware. These types include electric locks, electric strikes, electromagnetic locks, electric exit devices, and many others. The specific type and arrangement of hardware to be used on each door is determined based on the construction conditions at the door.

In almost all cases, the electric lock hardware is designed to control entrance into a building or secured space. To comply with building and fire codes, the electric lock hardware never restricts the ability to freely exit the building at any time.

We specialize in security around the door, from electronic locks, door closures and exit devices to the integration of these solutions in access control applications. We offer wireless locking hardware that allows businesses to save both time and costs when deploying a wireless locking solution.


Access Control Field Panels

Access control field panels (also known as “Intelligent Controllers”) are installed in each building where access control is to be provided. Card readers, electric lock hardware, and other access control devices are all connected to the access control field panels.

The access control field panels are used to process access control activity at the building level. The number of access control field panels to be provided in each building depends on the number of doors to be controlled. Access control field panels are usually installed in telephone, electrical, or communications closets.


Door Sensors

Understanding the door status in access control monitoring situations is critical; Is the door open or closed, has there been motion at the door or not? Door sensors for controlled doors are highly recommended.


Advanced Components


Operators can set up products from the access control software. These systems work together to produce action-based alarms as well as both electronic and visual notifications, so security teams can respond to critical system events quickly. Use and customize control center on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Access Control Alarm Panel Integration

Optimize the value of access control by monitoring and controlling the intrusion panels from the access control manager. This integration brings increased security, improved accuracy, and visual verification of alerts.

Visitor Management

To streamline access for contractors and visitors using access control integration. We provide a secure and professional all-in-one visitor management system. This solution allows mapping of custom fields and roles in access control for easy visitor check-in, this allows your operation to run efficiently while protecting the security of your business.

Biometric Access Control

Biometric security devices such as fingerprint readers, retinal eye scanners and hand geometry readers. Unlike keys, cards or number sequences, biometric security readers provide access control that cannot be transferred.

Telephone Entry Systems

Telephone entry systems are the traditional way of controlling who can enter a door or building. The visitor “calls” a resident or employee (via speaker system or telephone system) and then that resident or employee can “buzz” the visitor in.

Telephone entry systems come in all shapes and sizes with varying degrees of features.

Video Entry Systems

Integrate a video intercom to allow access into the building while validating the visitors. Video entry systems work on the same “call” and “buzz” theory that telephone entry systems do. However, not only does the resident get to speak to the visitor, but they get to see the visitor as well before buzzing them in.
As with telephone entry systems, the configuration that you need will vary.

Keycard and Key Fob Entry Systems

A keypad, keycard or key fob reader system can be added to your security access control systems, so you can gain entry without the “call” and “buzz” inconvenience. Readers are the perfect addition to any access control system.

Video Surveillance

We can install and integrate the security surveillance NVR, DVR or IP camera directly with the controlled door for easy log and management security audits or event review.

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  • No More Lost Keys
  • Customizable System
  • Logging Activity
  • Remote Access
  • Harder to Duplicate
  • Cut Down on Utility Costs
  • Prevent Unauthorized Visitor Access
  • Perform Centralized Lock-Down in the Event of an Emergency

Our Service

In today’s rapidly developing world we provide our customers with the peace of mind knowing your business, employees and customers are safe and secured. We offer professional installation of Access Control Systems which provide the level of security corporations rely on. Allfine Security installs and maintains a wide selection of access control systems, from simple residential, commercial and industrial locks, to magnetic locks, remote control single door access systems to advanced biometric reader access control systems, elevator restricted systems and many other high security systems.

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