Wireless access control card reader is one of the major components of an Access Control System. These access control devices are used in physical security systems to read credentials or the encrypted data on an access control card reader and allow or deny access based on the card information with the feedback from the control panel. In other words, an access control reader is a device used to electronically read the access card’s credential that allows access through control points using an access control card reader wiring diagram. Typically a locked door, making them an ideal component in many access control systems.

Hid proximity readers are usually mounting on the exterior (non-secured) side of a door, gates, elevator, or any other place that allows for access to be restricted. These readers are of various types with different levels of sophistication and can also support different access control cards. An access control card reader can be a magnetic stripe reader, a barcode reader, a biometric reader, or proximity card readers. Access control card readers are classified by functions they can perform and by identification technology:

Types of wireless access control card readers available

Hid proximity reader cards

Proximity card readers are the most common card reader, usually mounted on a wall or door frame. Proximity readers continuously transmit a radio frequency (RF) signal to the access control card reader. When the access card is held at a certain distance from the reader, the RF signal absorb by a small coil that powers up the card’s microchip, which contains a unique identification code. As the name implies, no direct contact is requiring between the access card and the access control reader for the security system to operate. The card must only be in the proximity of the reader. The read range depends primarily on the reader and upon the card/key fob being used. A great variety of access control hid proximity readers designed for different environments for maximum design flexibility.

Biometric Reader

Biometric readers are electronic devices that determine identity by detecting and matching physical characteristics. It recognizes a person based on a physiological or behavioral factor. The features measured are the face, fingerprints, hand geometry, retinal pattern, vein, and voice. Biometric readers offer very high security but are also the most expensive. However, this technology eliminates lost, stolen, or loaned access cards and forgotten PINs. Airports, hospitals, hotels, grocery stores, and even Disney theme parks increasingly use biometrics for added security. Modern advances in this emerging technology, coupled with significant cost reductions, make biometric readers available and affordable to consumers, small business owners, more giant corporations, and public sector agencies alike.

Barcode reader

If you have ever scanned an item at the grocery store’s checkout, you know what a barcode is. Today, many building access control systems rely on employee badging with scannable barcodes to grant access via a barcode reader. A barcode is a series of alternating dark and light stripes read by an optical scanner. Barcode readers use infrared (IR) technology to read and authorize a variety of different barcodes. A barcode reader allows you to read virtually all existing cards. 

Barcode Reader provides the lowest-cost access cards of any access control technology. The advantage of barcode technology is that it is cheap and easy to generate the credential. It can easily be applied to access cards or other items. Barcode readers can be used for both access control systems and purchasing.

Magnetic Stripe Readers

Magnetic stripe technology, usually called mag-stripe, is so named because of the stripe of magnetic oxide tape laminated on a card. Many organizations utilize mag stripe technology to make photo ID badges, ranging from door access control and parking to cafeteria meals and book checkouts. Magnetic stripe readers require that access cards be swiped through the reader, causing wear and a shorter life span. The cards are low in cost but easily duplicated and are affected by outside magnetic fields. The mag-stripe readers require occasional cleaning to remove any dirt buildup on the read heads. With compliance, functionality, and security changes, many companies have already transitioned existing mag-stripe systems to proximity cards or new generation intelligent card access control systems.

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Keypad access control systems are security structure that require a PIN code for door or gate entry without the need for an access card or any credential. Keypads can connect in different ways, mainly to a central access control system, standalone pin pads, keypads on door locks or deadbolts, or IP-connected PIN codes. These access control applications are generally using for access control with low security and limited users with authorized access.

Dicsan Technology has unparalleled experience with proximity, biometric, barcode, magnetic stripe, and smart card readers. Whether you need access control to a single door or a complex multi-site facility, Dicsan Technology will provide complete end-to-end access control solutions. Our readers are affordable, integrate seamlessly with access control systems, and allow the use of multiple form factors, including smart cards, fobs, and tags. Dicsan Technology also offers a comprehensive selection of credentials to complement these card readers. Including proximity cards, smart cards, standard ID cards with magnetic stripes, and key fobs.

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At Dicsan Technology, we understand that it can be difficult for you to choose the right access control card reader for your site with the different technologies available and variables to consider. Our access control specialists will help you find the right access control solution for your application. Contact us or request your FREE Access Control Assessment and learn how to secure your premises quickly.