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Door Access Systems

Protect your interests! Door access systems are a very practical and cost efficient solution.

Video intercom systems

Whether you'd like to see who is knocking at your entrance door from a security point of view, or would simply like the ease of letting someone into your house or business without having to go to the main entrance door, a video intercom system could be just the ticket.

However, before you take the plunge and purchase a video intercom system for your home or business have a quick browse through the information below which should help clarify any questions you may have.

How do I know what video intercom model to go with?

First of all look at the other product lines they offer, as you might want to expand your security at a later date. Whether that's installing CCTV cameras or a remote control monitor, there are lots of other security options that you may like to try further down the line. If you do, it would be a waste having to throw away your video intercom system just because it isn't compatible.

Does the video intercom system need to have night vision?

Ideally, yes. Night time is really the main time when you will need to view the caller, so unless you have a street lamp or some other form of bright outside light you will need to get a system with infrared capabilities. Luckily many of the video intercom systems available have night vision as an option.

From where should I get my video intercom system?

Whilst it is tempting to order it online - and it does often work out cheaper - it might be worth buying your video intercom stystem locally, with a business that also offers installation. Whilst it might seem straightforward, installing a video intercom system can be very fiddly and is best left to someone in the know. The door camera and monitor inside the house have to be powered and there are also wires that run between the two devices. These all need to be hidden from sight, which would involve specialist knowledge. If you go for a more hi-tech system you may also need the lock on your door replacing with a door strike so the door can be opened from the monitoring unit. All of this might be better off done by a professional who does this kind of work day in day out; after all, the last thing you want is dodgy security.

Swipe Card Systems

Swiping the card through the swipe card reader will send an electric impulse to the door lock to release. A swipe card reader works in conjunction with an electronic door release or an electronically operated lock. This solution usually looks aesthetically pleasing to the eye and is suitable for heavy traffic.

Proximity Reader Systems

Holding a small fob or token up against the fob-reader plate will send an electric impulse to the door lock to release. The fob readers can be tailored so that the door would release simply by sensing the presence of the fob from your pocket or handbag. A fob-reader works in conjunction with an electronic door release or an electronically operated lock. This solution usually looks aesthetically pleasing to the eye and is suitable for heavy traffic through regularly accessed areas.

Biometric Reader Systems

The only commercially widely available form is the fingerprint reader. Upon installation the prints of 1 or 2 fingers per user are programmed into the reader. Presenting the correct fingertip to the biometric reader plate will send an electric impulse to the door lock to open up. A biometric reader works in conjunction with an electronic door release or an electronically operated lock. This solution provides a higher level of security and is ideal for quick access to regularly used areas.

PC Based Systems

If within your organization you control more than just a few fob-readers or card-readers, then it may be suitable to have them administered centrally by wiring all readers to feed back to a central computer. This will make it very easy to add or delete fobs/cards/finger prints etc. or, for example, to set them up to work at certain times on certain readers only. This solution provides a higher level of management control and the end-result is usually incredibly well received.

Net2 System

net2The highly recommended solution for this type of setup is Paxtons Net2 system, an advanced PC based access control solution that will give you control over who has access to your building. With Net2 you can control access on hundreds of doors for up to 10,000 users and our software allows you to manage this in a logical and intuitive way.

Net2 is one of the most economical access control systems on the market. There are no hidden costs such as per seat licences; the software may be loaded on all the PC's in a building if required. The standard version of our software, which includes all the features most organisations will need, is FREE!

Perhaps even more importantly your investment is future proofed. Adding additional doors in your building as your needs change is straightforward and cost effective. In addition, all new innovations to the system are designed to be backward compatible. Software upgrades are also FREE of charge.

Net2 offers the key requirements of a PC based access control system

  • Central control
  • Flexible access permissions
  • Reporting
The software gives you full control over the system from your desk. Any instructions given to the software are immediately updated at all the doors. Adding users, barring users and changing users' access permissions are all done from the PC quickly and easily.

If your company has several buildings, access to all of them can still be controlled from one location. Net2 will control many buildings in different locations using TCP/IP across your existing network.

Access permissions may be set individually or by department. This makes setting up different permissions for different groups of people quick and straightforward. Some areas may be restricted to only a certain group of users. Shift patterns may be set for departments, and those permissions are allocated instantly when a new user card is issued.

Net2 systems may be used with a choice of Proximity, Hands free, Cardlock (magstripe) readers and Touchlock keypads. Net2 is also compatible with a range of 3 third-party readers, including Biometric Readers.


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