There are two main types of access control systems, standalone and network/PC based access control.
Standalone systems are straightforward to operate and work best for controlling a single gate or door, or several doors in series. They are individually programmed at each door so are best suited to a smaller number of users. Access at each door is via keypad code number, or swipe card, fob or token presented to a reader. These systems are ideal for small business premises such as shops or offices, membership only clubs, individual storage units or flats and apartments.
Networked or PC based systems are controlled from one central computer or by logging onto networked access control software. Users then have the capability to control all access points with a control system fitted from anywhere in the building, creating individual or group user access pathways and issuing or barring access cards, fobs and tokens as needed.
Networked systems also have a reporting facility in their software, allowing you to see exactly who has passed through each door or access point and when. The capabilities of networked systems are best suited to companies who need multiple user access with individual control, or have sites with multiple buildings such as universities, large corporate or commercial buildings, and industrial sites.