Access Control Advanced Features Guide

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Sep 15, 2015

Electronic access offers features that traditional mechanical locks cannot. While these feature may not be as fundamental as keeping doors secure, they can provide significant management, safety, and security advantages over locks and key alone.  In this note we examine three of the most powerful features available in modern systems:

  • Time & Attendance including time clocks, multi-factor authentication, payroll integration, costs, risks and benefits
  • Mustering covering area tracking vs checking in, use cases, additional design requirements, and system support
  • Mantraps inclduing EAC logic vs speciality controllers vs retrofit openings, costs, common uses and safety codes

We explain each of these features in depth inside.

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