Standalone Card Reader Systems Bridge the Gap

New access control solutions like the Dortronics EZ-Access Card Reader Entry System provide higher efficiency than basic locking systems, bridging the gap between the electro-mechanical locks and the Fort Knox-caliber systems


Access control is often considered the first line of defense when it comes to protecting and securing a facility. Whether it's a security guard standing sentry in the lobby, turnstiles with biometric card readers, a locked side door or a barrier gate in the parking garage, controlling the entry...


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Card reader access control systems offer more ease of use and system integrity than keyless or keyed locking systems because users can easily be programmed in or out of the system. Standalone systems such as the Dortronics EZ-Access Control system product can be programmed using a programming card or master code entered by the keypad, without need of a computer or software. This product can also be programmed using a computer and the optional EZ-Logger Software which allows the date and time to be programmed into the door controller to provide a date and time of activities for audit trail purposes. For additional convenience, the transaction logs can be viewed with standard office computer programs such as Notepad or Excel.

Taking a step beyond basic card reader capability, entry systems which can be integrated with existing alarm or CCTV systems provide an economical integrated physical security system for small scale applications such as branch locations, small business environments, satellite health clinics or restricted areas within a facility. Compared to networked systems which also feature audit trails and system integration capability, standalone card reader entry systems are a fraction of the cost. Some of these standalone systems, like the Dortronics EZ-Access Control system, can be upgraded to a full featured online system by reusing the 26-bit Wiegand reader devices in a compatible networked access control system.

 

Secure and Flexible

Card reader systems are available for use with magnetic stripe cards, barcode cards and other all-in-one types of identification cards. The proximity card, using RFID technology, is perhaps the most commonly used card because there's no contact between the card and the reader, making the process quick and convenient. RFID cards, while inexpensive, are also difficult to duplicate which helps to ensure the integrity of the system.

While some card reader systems are designed only for internal or weather-protected doors, those with weather-sealed readers can also be used in exterior applications such as parking garages or for controlling access via gates. Depending on the application, either prox cards or keypad codes can be used in these installations.

 

The EZ-Access Solution

Dortronics' new EZ-Access Control entry system provides a win-win solution for small businesses and the installing locksmith and security system providers who will install them. The system controls two independent doors with one reader each or one door with one or two readers for in/out control and is field configurable – ideal for small business applications across different business categories like retail, professional offices and service companies – even schools. The EZ-Access door controller has a capacity for 2000 active card holders and each reader can have its own set of valid cards or the cards can be programmed to both doors automatically.

For full system functionality, secured EZ-Prox cards, key fobs or the Dortronics #8160xWG heavy-duty keypad can be used to gain access. The two-door controller is equipped with two heavy-duty SPDT 10 amp relays, one for each controlled door or gate. For added versatility, a low voltage open collector output can be used to trigger external relays for system integration with CCTV or alarm systems.

So now there are more options for small business owners and facilities with limited access/egress points to implement a cost effective door control system with access control technology configured specifically for their needs. Plus, there's an opportunity for locksmith and security systems installers to further expand the scope and profitability of their businesses.

 

Bryan Sanderford is national sales manager for Dortronics Systems, Inc., web site www.dortronics.com or telephone 800-906-0137.

 

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