Access control kit

choosing access controlAll business premises, whether office, retail, hotel, gym or educational establishment need to install the best security system that they can. Alongside alarms and CCTV, regulating who enters and leaves your building is a security priority. Therefore, installing an access control kit should be of paramount importance and offers both peace of mind and ways of saving money.

Different types of access control kit

The main types of access control kit are simple single door access buzzers, voice intercoms, combined video and voice intercoms, computer controlled systems, biometric readers, wireless access control and remote control systems. These range significantly in specifications as well as price, from a simple swipe card reader to a fully integrated smart system for multiple access points controlled by a central computer hub.

Choosing the right access control kit will depend upon many factors, the most important being the level of security required, how large the premises are, budget and how many people will need to gain access.

Access control accessories and equipment


access controlThere are certain pieces of equipment which even the most basic access control system will need. The most common types of access control kit include;

  • A telephone style intercom handset. These are usually slim line in design and wall mounted to the interior of the access point.
  • Keypads and code locks which are wall mounted to the outside of the access point. Individuals can type in their code or password to gain entry.
  • A camera. This can be mounted to view people trying to gain entry to the building. When combined with an intercom system they provide the most comprehensive system for being able to see and hear who is asking for access.
  • A biometric reader is one of the newest forms of access control kit. These are most commonly fingerprint readers, although retina, voice and palm scanners can also be used.
  • GSM wireless intercom device. This allows the operator of the door or gate to monitor and control access from any internet activated mobile device.
  • Swipe card reader. These are very small and discreet and can be placed next to the handle of the door it is being used for. Individuals simply swipe their access card through the reader to gain access.
  • Proximity readers. These work in the same way as swipe cards, but the card doesn’t have to touch the reader, just be within a certain distance. This makes it easier to move through doors whilst carrying items or keeping swipe cards in a bag, pocket or wallet.
  • Wireless control panel. This usually looks like a telephone handset and is mobile. The door operator can keep the device with them and open the door anywhere in range of the receiver.

It is important to fully research a range of access control kits to see which one is most cost effective and fit for purpose.

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