Following on from my previous article, "Everything you need for access control", I'm here today to talk you through the jargon and guide you towards getting all the bits and pieces that constitute the hallowed name of 'access control'.
Now the term access control can be taken to mean a multitude of different things, from that access shaft in Mission Impossible that can only be traversed by a greased up Tom Cruise suspended from a wire allowing him to dodge motion sensors, alarms and laser beams. It can also mean the most basic of ancient wooden looks (think of them as the Grandad of access control). It's also easy to picture a 6 ft bouncer outside of the local nightclub as a rudimentary form of access control, albeit a biological and quite often, non-too-friendly method.
Moving swiftly away from the above interpretations of the term we are left with the true essence of access control. It is a way to select who has access to certain areas, yes, but also gives a huge scope to the various different ways that this can be accomplished and gives you the opportunity have things like remote access, proximity, fob, card or intercom.
In the previous article 'Everything you need for access control', I put together a simply but effective solution including all the items that you would need to get going with a basic access control project. If you think of this list as the 'ground floor' then there are many different ways you can upgrade or customize the system to give you, your business or your home the security it needs. For example take items 1 & 2 away (the lock case and the strike) and replace them for a magnetic lock and some Z & L brackets. From here you have more choices, do you want a low duty budget version such as the Asec 1001 or if your looking for something a bit beefier that is going to get a lot of use or is going to be in a position where it is vulnerable to an attack you could look into the Adams 281 dual magnetic lock.
I hope this is starting to get you thinking about the endless possibilities that are wide open to you in access control and instead of thinking about what you MAY be able to do, you can start imagining what you REALLY WANT! Take a browse through our access control section and see what tickles your fancy, and remember, the sky isnt the limit, its only the beginning.
All the best,