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Knock, Knock, Who is there?

Controlling access into a building or yard is one thing, but properly authenticating who is trying to gain access is another. There are many types of credentials out there, so what’s the best solution?

Access Control Credentials

Everyone knows the standard key-card or key-fob that is used to gain access through a door. Believe it or not, but there are several versions of even these types of credentials available, oftentimes offering improvements and higher security than their previous version. When it comes to access control credentials, there are endless options out there and picking the right one can be a very tedious task. We carry a wide range of credentials and support almost any type of credential, allowing us to support existing environments and facilitate migrations from one type to another.

Key-fobs and cards are the most common type of credential that is used for access control. The most basic form is the proximity card, simply sending a code to the reader which is registered in the access control system under a specific cardholder. The access decision is made based on that cardholders assigned access. These credentials were further developed and newer standards with higher security formats are available. MiFare is one of the most common formats, while H.I.D. offers their iClass and Seos formats as a competing platform.

One of the newest developments are mobile and biometric access credentials. Biometrics utilize either the fingerprint, iris or face as a method of authentication. Biometrics are generally only used in high-security settings and can be used as the second authentication method for a dual-factor door. Mobile access on the other hand is a platform that utilizes the users smartphone as the credential. Through Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC) the smartphone can communicate with the card reader and grant access through that. The obvious benefits are the fact that users do not need to carry a separate credential and it is much more unlikely for them to forget or lose their smartphone.

Vehicles are another aspect that can be difficult to find the right access control credential for. Not only are vehicles generally different heights, but they are also significantly further away from a card reader than a person attempting to walk through a door with the reader on the door or beside the door. The increased distance requires a special card reader, or in the event that vehicles need to be authenticated, the vehicle needs to carry its own credential.  Scenarios where the vehicle may require its own credential are fleet management and vehicle specific operators permits that may regularly expire.

Regardless of the type of access desired, we carry a wide range of credentials and can facilitate the deployment of new credentials. Migrating to mobile access solutions is easier than ever and offers several benefits over traditional cards or fobs. Smart keys are another credential solution for lower traffic doors, offering all the benefits of a full access control system.

How NEDAP authenticates vehicles

How HID grants access with smartphones

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