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Door entry systems can be used in residential or business premises to control the flow of people. They're great if you need to grant access to certain people (eg. employees) while preventing other people (eg. delivery men) from wandering in unannounced.

We've noticed that a lot of people are adding a door entry system in the wake of COVID-19. During this unsettling time, it's really important you can monitor and control the people coming in and out of your buildings.

One question we often get asked is - how do door entry systems work? The answer to this question truly depends on the door entry system you choose. Here at IDS Security, we offer a wide range of door access systems to suit a number of different requirements.

 

Popular types of door entry systems

When choosing a door entry system, you need to consider a few things. Who are the people that need access to the building & what type of system is most convenient to them? Who are the people you're trying to keep out & what level of security do you need?

Based on your answers to these questions, you can choose a door entry system that's both convenient and secure. Here are some of the most popular types of door entry systems:

  • Biometric
  • Fob activated
  • Card reader
  • Keypad

 

How do these door entry systems work?

Biometric Door Entry Systems

Biometric door entry systems rely on physical body parts to gain access. This could be anything from a fingerprint, to a handprint or even a retinal scanner! Generally, these types of door entry systems are used in high-security places when it's vital that only a select few people (identified by their biometrics) can be granted access.

 

Fob Activated Door Entry Systems

These door entry systems are quite common, and grant access to people who are provided with a fob. This is usually stored on a keyring so it can be accessed easily. We often see these door entry systems installed at apartment complexes, eg. student accommodation.

Fobs can be used to open multiple doors and gates, making it easy for occupiers to access all of the spaces they need without having to carry multiple different keys.

 

Card Reader Door Entry Systems

Card reader door entry systems are very similar to fob entry systems. Instead of a fob, people can carry a card to gain access to different areas. We often see these being used in hospital buildings, for example, where certain members of staff need access to different wards and rooms.

 

Keypad Door Entry Systems

Keypad door entry systems work by inputting a code or password. Users who know the code or password are granted access. We often see this type of door entry system installed in private car parks or apartment buildings. 

One of the key benefits (and downsides) of this door entry system is that the code or password can be shared with other people. This is great if you live in an apartment and want to grant access to visitors. All you need to do is tell them the password and they can do the rest themselves.

Of course, if the code or password gets into the wrong hands, it can mean unwanted people have access to the premises. To prevent this from happening, you could pair a keypad door entry system with biometrics or a fob.

If you're interested in adding a door access system to your home or business premises, the IDS Security team can help. We have years of experience installing all different types of door entry systems, so we can help you find the right one for you.

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