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Access Control Components Installed


Joe Shopsin


September 7, 2021


Access Control in 2022; Electronic Locks

Access Control Components Installed

Protecting your business or residence is important, and one of the best ways to accomplish this is to have access control components installed. So what is Access Control, and how can it help increase the security of your location?

In short,  Access Control is the use of access control components in tandem with the software to create a management system for accessing a location. This is done via electronic devices that are installed at entry and exit points that allow the operators to control who has the ability to come and go manually, automatically, based on schedules and more. This is done using hardware such as Magnetic Locks, door strikes, access control boards, and computer software. These technologies should not be installed by a DIY novice, as there are construction modifications that should only be attempted by professional, licensed installers. Read on to learn more about TechPro Security products, and the different access control products we carry and install.

Magnetic Locks:
A Magnetic Lock- or Maglock-is a device installed usually at the top of a door frame that acts as a secondary locking mechanism to the normal bolt lock that would be on a door. The lock is composed of an electronically powered magnet on one side, and a magnetized metal plate on the other. When power is given to the maglock, the magnet and plate seal to each other holding the door closed.

Door strikes:
Door strikes are installed in place of or near the normal bolt of a door. A door strike is a metal cylinder that uses an electronic solenoid to trigger it to mechanically move into place holding the door shut, or release unlocking the door. Strikes come in two varieties, or a hybrid that can switch between, fail-safe and fail-secure. Fail-safe strikes return to an unlocked state when there is no power present- while fail-secure strikes return to a locked state by default when there is no power present.

Boards and Readers:
A major part of any access control installation is the board and readers. The Access control board is the heart of the system. It is a computerized electronic device that receives and sends trigger signals to and from the different door locks and readers in the system. It reacts to received signals based on programming done on a computer over the network which then sends that programming to the board. In order for a door lock to be opened, a signal can be sent manually from the software or by using a reader installed in the system. A reader can be a keypad, card or fob scanner, biometric for thumbprints, or more. A reader will send a signal to the board telling if the request is authorized, or not- and either open the door or leave it locked accordingly.

Techpro: Access Control Installation Done Right
Techpro Security Products is South Florida’s number one regarded installer of CCTV, Alarm, and Access control equipment. Access control is important, and if done improperly could lead to costly repairs, or fail to perform its function leading to security issues down the line.

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