Access control is a critical component for facility operations. As breaches in security often yield devastating consequences, there is an ever-present and increasing demand for advanced security technologies that can improve a facility’s readiness and minimize threats from security-related events.
Legacy access control systems mainly consisted of simple keypads and ID card readers. Staff, contractors, and guests would be assigned an ID badge with a simple key code programmed into the card that allowed access into a location by pressing the card against a door sensor. This type of system was effective for basic security. As advancements in technology have taken place, the need for security has changed. Organizations have to now rethink how to control facility access through smart access control.
Luckily, today’s access control systems are far more sophisticated than their predecessors. The use of basic ID badges is falling by the way-side and making room for biometric readers, 4K Ultra HD sensing cameras, integrated RF sensors, and threat detection software backed by Artificial Intelligence (AI) engines. Incidents, such as active shooter events can now be monitored in real-time through AI-backed sensing technologies. Smart sensors can detect an unauthorized weapon, lockdown the compromised area, send warning alarms to nearby locations, and use facial recognition technologies to send images of a person back to authorities within seconds of the incident taking place.
Intelligence Powered by Ethernet
The Internet of Things (IoT) evolution in the security sector has been incredible. but it’s reliant on a solid foundation built upon Ethernet technologies. For example, managed Ethernet switches are used to direct data traffic from IoT devices such as smart sensors, controllers, I/O modules, IP cameras and locking mechanisms back to management servers and software. At which point the data is interpreted and displayed for security personnel to review.
In a number today’s high-profile buildings, private facilities and residential communities’ access to the premises is restricted. Many have gated entry points that require validation before a person can access the premises. These entry points are protected by manned security guards or through some type of access control station and usually are equipped with license plate readers, surveillance cameras, push button VoIP phones, and gate sensors. For remote entry points with little to no Ethernet connectivity, solar panels along with industrial Ethernet switches, and sometimes industrial wireless routers provide the power and connectivity needed for communications.
Inside Facility Access Control
Once inside a facility, modernized access control technologies can track and validate a person identity as they move about. For example, facial recognition and temperature checking kiosks can be used to grant access to individuals entering buildings, main corridors, or in communal areas where large crowds gather. Smart wearable devices, mobility applications and biometric clothing can also be used to track individuals. These types of technologies can be used to unlock doors, open elevators, and grant access to other restricted areas once an individual comes within a set proximity of the locked space.
To ensure optimal safety and security in any facility, connecting security equipment is essential. At Antaira Technologies, we are committed to providing premium quality networking equipment to help you do just that. Our industrial-grade networking equipment—such as our industrial Ethernet fiber media converters, industrial Ethernet switches, and industrial wireless devices—thrive in several security applications, including access control. For more information regarding our products, contact us today.