Request to Exit Sensors Sacramento – Part 1

 There are three main types of Request to Exit sensors. These types are Electronic Presence Detectors, Mechanical Switches (embedded in the locks), and Mechanical Switches with close proximity push buttons. The locks that contain a Mechanical Switch are largely considered the best type of Request to Exit sensors. The majority of Electrified Mortise Locks and Electrified Panic Locks can be equipped with a Mechanical Switch as an...

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Sacramento Exit Devices and Life Safety

Any time you see an electrified lock on a door, chances are it is monitored to detect intrusions. When a door opens, it’s considered an intrusion, a authorized exit, or and authorized entrance. These doors have a door position switch, which keeps track of whether the door is opened or closed. The door position switch can not differentiate an intrusion from an authorized entry or exit, it only tracks the open or closed status....

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Local and National Access Control Standards

When choosing access control systems hardware for a facility, life safety and security have to be considered. When prioritizing, life safety comes first in every situation. People inside the building must be able to escape quickly in an emergency. That is why there are standards in place to keep access points up to code. The Life Safety Code is the central international Life Safety Standard in the United States. The National Fire...

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Sacramento Access Control – Proximity Cards
Dec18

Sacramento Access Control – Proximity Cards

Passive Proximity Cards Commonly, security cards are read either by swiping through or inserting into a card reader. Proximity cards use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to approve or deny credentials with a reader that is within the card’s range. There are two types of proximity cards, the newer ones are 13.56 MHz contact-less cards, and the older ones are 125 Khz.  Proximity cards use resonant energy, which means they are...

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Sacramento Access Control Systems
Nov14

Sacramento Access Control Systems

Access Control systems dictate who, when, and where a facility or resource can be accessed. In order for a user to gain access in a single factor transaction, they must provide the required credentials. Credentials can be a keypad combination, a biometric scan such as a fingerprint or retinal scan, or a swipe of a card containing the required information. So the user presents their credentials to the control panel, and the software on...

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Sacramento Portal Passage
Oct24

Sacramento Portal Passage

Portal Passage If a person encounters an access control panel, they need authorization to gain access to the area. Most often, they will encounter a portal design to give access to authorized personnel only, and allow anyone to exit without needing authorizing. This authorization process involves either a biometric reader, keypad, card reader, or a combination of them. Portals typically have some sort of locking system that requires...

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Sacramento Biometric Readers
Sep10

Sacramento Biometric Readers

Biometric readers are devices that quickly identify people by matching one of their behavioral or physiological attributes with their profile in a database. These attributes are unique, permanent, and easily saved. Physiological behavioral examples include face recognition, retinal scan, DNA comparison, blood vessel, palm scanning, iris recognition, voice print, typing rhythms, and walking movements. The two main types of biometric...

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