Favorite Access Control Credentials 2016

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Nov 07, 2016

When it comes to the most popular way to unlock an access controlled door, which credential type holds the favored spot among integrators?

The contenders:

  • 125 kHz
  • 13.56 Mhz
  • Biometrics
  • Others (e.g. pins)

Integrators answered: 

"Which credential is your favorite? Why?"

We break down the results inside including fobs vs cards and HID vs NXP formats.

13.56 *** ******* *** ********

**** **** **% ** the ***** *****, **.** MHz "**********" **** *** top ****.

*** ***** ***** ********** the ****** *********:

***** **** *** ***** types, ** **** ****** open-ended **** ** '*****' option ** *****-** ***** not ********. *** ********** each ****** ******** ******* in *** **** *****:

  • *** *** *********** (** Prox, **** **):**%
  • **.** *** *********** (******, ******): **%
  • ********** (***********/**********/****/****): *%
  • ******: *%

Previous *******

**** ** ********* ******** ** ****, *** ********* *** similar. ****, ** ***, the ******* ********** *** 13.56 *** "**********", **** the **** **** ******-**** 125 *** ******* ******** **********.

Contactless ** (*****) ****

*** ********* ******* ******** continues ** ** **** 'Contactless' **.** *** *** *** kHz (********** ****** *******) ***********, ******** ******* in **%+ ** *** vote. **** ********** ** bolstered ** *** **** these ***** *** ********* inexpensive ** *****, *******, and ***** ****** ** picture ** ******.

******* ** ******** ** biometric ** ********** ***** options ** *** ******, the ******* ********** ********** and *** ** *********** formats ****** **** *** top ******** ** *** changing ******* ****.

13.56 *** ** *** ***?

****** '***********' ***** *** two ***** *******: *** older, *********** *** *** type, *** *** ****** capacity, *********, *** ***** 13.56 *** ****. ***** *** higher-frequency ******* **** ********* for *****, *** *****, long-cracked, *********** *** *** types ***** ****** *********** marketshare:

  • "** *** **** ****** *** **.***** I **** *** *** standards *** *** ** install *** ********** **** readers ** *********** * customer **********. ** **** many ****** ********* ***** using *** ******."
  • "**.*****. ****** ******** **** prox, ** **** ********** in *****"
  • "****** ****. **** ** carry. ***********. ***** ****** widely ********."
  • "***** ***** *** *** as ***** ** ****** prox *** **** **** secure *** *** ******* to ***** ****** ***** per ******** **** ** much ***** ****** ** duplicates."
  • "*** *** (***). ****** cost. *** ******* *** of **** **** ****** interest ** **** ******** options."
  • "[**.** ***] ****** ** ** ****. Secure, ********, *** **** effective."
  • "*** ****. ******, *****'*' require ************ **** ***** and ************* ******."

Fobs **. *****

********** **** ******* **** often ***** ** ***************.  While *********** ********* **** contactless ***** ** ******** forms, ******* ***** ******** for * ******** ****.

**** ******* * ******** preference, ******* (**** ******* dongles ******* **** ** keyrings) *** ***** (***** PVC ****** **** ***** credentials) **** ********* *********, while ****** *** ******** were ********* *** **** often. ***** ******** ********:

****

  • "*** ****, ** **** attach ** ********* *** seem ** ** **** likely ** *********."
  • "****, ** **** *** be *** **** *********. People **** *** ** lose/ ******** **** ** often."
  • "*'* * *** ** fobs ******* ** ***** durability. ***** ***** *** wear **** *** ******."
  • "******* *** **** ****** than ***** *** *** nicely ** * *** ring."

*****

  • "*'* * *** ** clam ***** *****, **** fit ** *** ****** as ******* ** **** Keys ** **** ***** I **** ** **** my **** ******."
  • "***** ***** **** * printed ***** ** ***. iClass **** ******** *** future."
  • "***** **** **** *******."
  • "***** *** *** ***** pictures *** ***** *** can ** ****** **** compared **** ****."

*** ********** ***** **** preference ***** ** ** differentiated ** ******:

  • "*** **** *** ***** and **** ***** *** men. ***** **** ** prefer ** *** **** on *** **** **** their *** **** ***** men **** ** ****** to *** *** **** in ***** ******."

HID ****** **. *** *******

*** ********** **** ************* dominate *** ***** **** in ******** ****** *******. As ******** ** ****** ** *** *********** ****, *** ******** ** the *****'* *********** *** formats ********* ** ***** vendors. ** *******, *** fee ******** *** ** their ******* *** *** 'Prox' *** **.** *** 'iClass' *******, ***** *** 'open ******** (**** ** low-cost)' ***** ****** *** DESFire *******.

********** ** ***** *******, HID ******* **** **** often *****:

  • "*** ******. ** ***** to ** *** **** popular, **** ** ********, and ******."
  • "*** ** *** ********* in *** ********** *****."
  • "* **** *** *** the ***** ******* ****'** widely ********** **** **% of **** ****** ******* platforms."
  • "****** **** ********* ****. Secure, **** **********, ************ with ********** ************."
  • "*** **********. ** **** always **** ***** ** they *** *** **** popular *** *** ** our ****** **** **** them."

*******, ** ****** *** other ***** ** *** world, *** ******* **** MIFARE *** ******* **** cited **** *****:

  • "*** *** ****** ******** are ****** ****. *** credentials *** ***** ******* and *** ******** ** a *** ****** **** the **-*** *****."
  • "****** ******* *** ****** demand *** **** ********"
  • "******* ** ** ** secure *** *** *** been *******."
  • "****** ******* *** ** **** of ******** ****** *** programming."

******* *********** ********* ********** and ********** **** *** and *** **** *******, with *** ******** ******* generally *********** ***** **** is ****:

  • "* **** *** ****** iClass ** ** ****** EV1. ** ****** ****, the ******** ** ********* locked ** * ****** card *** ****** ************."

PINs *** **** ***

******* ***** *** ** the ******* ******** *********** in ***, ******* ********* that **** ** ***** are *********, ********* ******* they *** *** ** the ***** ********* ***** available: 

  • "**** - *** ***'* **** it, *** ** **** as **'* * ****** or **** ** ** fairly ******."
  • "**** ** *****, **** and **** ** ***.  Usually ***** **** ** readers, *** ******* ** codes."
  • "*** ***. **'* **** wired *** ***** ** program."

*******, **** ** ***** in *** ***** ******* ****: ******* ****, ********** ******** *** code '*****' ******* ** worn ** ***** ******* themselves *** ********* ******** to ******. ** * result, **** ***** *** integrators ******** ***** **** at ***. 

Mobile ******* **********

******** ** ****, *** credential **** ********* **** often **** ***** ****** on ****** ******* ** smartphones. ** ***** ****** format *** ******* ** leader ***, **** **** integrators ****** ***** ***** or ****** *** ***** in *******:

  • "*** ** *** ********* in *** ********** *****. We're ******* ***** *** continued *********** ** ***** newer ********* **********."
  • "******** ****** **** ** also ******** **** ******* among *********."
  • "******* *** ****** *** - ****** ** * gamechanger."
  • "***** ***** *** *** HID's ****** ****** **** credentials is ****** **** ***."

Comments (7)

Anyone have any guess when biometrics are going to make a big move up for physical access control? They have certainly become much more common over the past few years in phones.

Biometrics already very popular in Kuwait. Many new installations ask for fingerprint at least.

What does many new installs mean specifically? 25%? 50% of new installs? Just fingerprint only or multi-modal?

Depends on the size of the project. For large installations where you have at least 10s of doors, you will have mostly card reads or multi-model (Fingerprint and card reader), so maybe 10-30% have fingerprint of some kind. At the other extreme, small business which have 5 or less readers almost always ask for fingerprint or multi-model.

Interesting. What is the justification that smaller systems/customers use when choosing biometrics over cards?

In general, it is typically more expensive to employ biometrics. Even inexpensive fingerprint readers cost hundreds ($400+) per reader/per door, while card readers cost ~$50 - $200 and cards cost ~$5 (or far less) each. For smaller systems to use biometrics, it likely tilts cost even more, so what is it that makes biometricS popular here?

I guess because when you are talking about a few fingerprint readers for an SMB (typically 1-3) for an office of up to 200 people, the overall cost for fingerprint readers is not that big compared to other security system elements (such as the CCTV system and the fire alarm), especially since you also don't need to use proximity cards.

In addition, a lot of what works on the SMB side of the market in Kuwait are the relatively cost Asian brands such as ZKteco.

Moreover, a lot of the standalone fingerprint readers also come with time and attendance features which are nice for SMB

In our office for example (where we have around 150 employees), we have a fingerprint reader with time attendance features (for all our staff) at the main entrance and a proximity reader just for the stores (with only two cards). Both are standalone and based on IDteck.

NIST has all but banned 125khz for Federal facilities, but the transition is slow and extremely painful. Out of the 50 or so Federal sites we maintain only 5 have made the move to 13.56 and full HSPD-12 compliance, but even those 5 opted not to use FICAM due to cost and complexity.

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