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Help Me Choose - Access Control

Nortech offers a range of access control solutions to match all small to medium access control requirements (up to 128 doors).

The solutions can either be ‘standalone’ (a self contained system needing only a power supply) or a PC-based networked access control system.

Both types of system support several options for validating access permissions. These include typing a numeric code (PIN) into a keypad, presenting a proximity or magstripe card or by using a long-range identification system for hands-free access. The PC-based system also offers central control via a network.

Typically, a standalone solution will be suitable for:

  • Residential premises
  • Small business premises where no audit trail is required
  • Sports and social clubs where no audit trail is required
  • Storage units
  • Simple car park applications
  • School offices and storerooms

These applications don't usually require a means of keeping track of access activity

PC-based access control may be more appropriate for:

  • Small to medium business premises
  • Large corporate premises
  • Multiple-site premises
  • Government buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Sports & Leisure Centres
  • Sports and social clubs where audit trail is required
  • Car park access with additional management requirements

These examples are only typical. There are many more applications for each type of system. The choice of system will depend upon your particular needs.

Points To Consider

How easy is it to install?

Standalone System
Very easy. You need to provide a locking device and a power supply for each door.

PC-Based System
This depends on the size and complexity of the site. You need to provide a locking device and a power supply for each door plus a PC. You also need to run cables between the PC and all door controllers, or connect them together via an existing PC network.

Can I use the same access cards for access through all doors?

Standalone System
Yes, providing you use the same type of reader on each door.

PC-Based System
Yes, providing you use the same type of reader on each door.

Can I change user access rights and disable users?

Standalone System
Yes, you will need to do this individually at each door.

PC-Based System
Yes, a simple operation at the PC sets access rights on all doors.

Can I monitor who is in a particular area of the building?

Standalone System
No.

PC-Based System
Yes, the movements of all users can be recorded as they pass through each control point.

What options are available for increasing security?

Standalone System
Some standalone controllers offer some extra security features plus the use of high security smart card technology can be supported.

PC-Based System
As well as those features supported by standalone systems, there are many individually selectable security features such as ‘Card & PIN’, ‘buddy mode’ and cardholder picture ‘popup’.

Can I produce records of events and log statistics?

Standalone System
No.

PC-Based System
Yes, a comprehensive reporting package is included.

Can I easily extend the system?

Standalone System
Yes, more doors can be added as necessary. Many of the standalone solutions can also be upgraded to a PC-based networked solution.

PC-Based System
Yes, more doors can be added as necessary. Up to 128 doors can be supported on a standard system.