Hybrid Access Control

What is Hybrid Access Control?

Hybrid Access Control Systems are where there is more than one type of access control used in a security system. Many businesses decide to use this option to significantly reduce the risk of opportunists. For instance, some Hospitals have PIN code entry to standard document storage, swipe cards for doors and fingerprint scanners for medicine storage cupboards.

Some businesses have a series of access control in place before someone can gain access, for example; in a Government / Defence building you may have to use a PIN code and fingerprint scanner for entry into certain areas.

Access Control Systems

There are two main types of access control; Standard and Biometric.

Standard Access Control encompasses the following:

Pin Code – There is a device fitted has a keypad where upon if the correct code is inputted, the device permit entrance.

Access Pass or Fob – The device is usually a panel with an LED light to indicate whether the door can be entered when an access card or fob is presented. It can be programmed so it still restricts access to certain locations for different individuals however the physical pass can be standardised across the whole business so that everyone looks the same.

Mobile - Fairly new technology but it is fast becoming popular as the mobile is carried constantly so it is easy to have it operate as an access pass.

Intercom – Generally outside the building entrance will be a piece of hardware with a speaker and call buttons. When someone buzzes intercom to the building, they can identify who they are verbally and you can double check with a visual.

Biometric Access Control encompasses the following:

Face recognition – The software works quickly and identifies you by numerous characteristics such as the distance between eyes, the shape of lips, cheekbones etc.

Fingerprint – The device recognises your individual fingerprint by blood vessels.

Eye Retina – The device permits entrance when it recognises your unique eye retina, scanning blood vessels at the back of the eye.

Eye Iris – The scanner will identify your unique eye iris.

Signature – Generally using a tablet type device with stylus will then match the held record of your signature.

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