Access control with a card
Anyone who stays in a hotel occasionally or even more often will have experienced the routine: a card is used increasingly more than a key to provide access control for rooms. In some hotels, this card is not only used to access the room, but also to access facilities such as the wellness spa and control access through the hotel entrance outside reception hours.
Advantages of access control with a card
Using the card for access control is not only practical for the user, but it also has many advantages for the hotel which issues it. Instead of a key, the guest has a handy card in bank card format. If it is lost, the hotel can simply disable it to ensure that anyone finding the card would not be able to pass through an access control point. This is practical for both parties involved: the hotel merely needs to block the card and does not need to replace any locks. The guest does not need to pay for a new lock, just the very low cost of the lost card. It takes just a few clicks to disable a card and the access control system continues to only let those authorised gain access.
Many other areas of application
The described access control with a card in hotels is certainly the most common variant of use, but there are many other ways to provide access control with a card. In principle, a digital solution for access control is feasible wherever there are locking devices. It is not worthwhile using a digital system for access control in places where just a few locks are involved, e.g. within your home. It is more suitable for places where a number of locks are used.
It is not so important whether such a place is a business, an organisation or a government agency. Access control with a card can be universally used in all branches of industry as users can benefit from its advantages anywhere.
Other advantages of access control with a card
The example of a hotel described above has already demonstrated the advantages of a card: if you lose your card, it can simply be blocked in the system and a replacement card can be created for access control. As a result, security is restored in an instant.
Another advantage of access control with a card is that the access card can be customised. What this means is that access authorisations can vary from card to card, allowing everyone to receive a card for access control that is configured precisely for their access needs. Anyone who works in the office can thus gain access through the company entrance door and their office. Those who work in production can gain access to their workplace with their card. Even outsiders such as suppliers can be granted access authorisations to bring deliveries directly into the warehouse, for example.
Another advantage is that access authorisations can also be extended or withdrawn at short notice. If an employee receives additional responsibilities, for example, the card can be extended to cover them; access authorisations can also be changed quickly if an employee is transferred to another department.
More than mere locking devices
Anyone who uses digital access control can use it to control more than just access to buildings and rooms. An example is a warehouse where forklifts are used. Here, the card can also be used to start the forklift up if the corresponding authorisation is stored on the locking medium.
Combination with existing systems is also possible. For example, if time-and-attendance is recorded using a card, this can be integrated into the access control system.
The fact that access authorisations can not only be controlled for particular rooms and areas, but also in terms of time brings many advantages. For example, it helps when external cleaning staff work at a company, but they should only be given access to the premises at certain times.
Better than an access control card: active technology
The card is what as known as passive technology. But there are also other types of digital locking media. The transponder, which is considered active technology, is highly recommended for access control. It allows you to unlock at the push of a button. It comes in a sturdy casing and is therefore effectively protected against vandalism and attempted manipulation and its battery lasts up to 10 years (standby).
If your interest is piqued
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