Access Control, Asset Tracking, Article Surveillance, Credential Management

Card access control and asset tracking keep your employees, customers, and assets in the right places at the right times. Our access control systems can integrate with Building Automation, video surveillance, intrusion alarm, fire alarm, notification systems and much more to provide un-paralleled situational awareness of a single building or a complex of buildings in one site or located across a city, state, country or the world.

IntraWorks designs, installs, and services Access Control Systems otherwise known as Card Access Control for a wide variety of clients to include: Government organizations, Higher Education, K1 – K12, Hospitals, Office Buildings, Casinos, Transportation and Utility Facilities, Correctional Institutions, Manufacturing Plants, and much more.

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Basic Function Access Control Systems make-up an important part of any intelligent building system by allowing or denying physical access through a door, portal, or gate based on time and credential. Most access control systems also provide credential management, visitor management and print ID cards. Access control software typically communicates to door controllers, which then manage the door hardware, which consists of an electric door lock or gate operator, switch, egress device and reader. The user presents a credential or card to the reader and the access control system either allows or denies access through the door or gate. The software records who access which door at what time.

Asset tracking and article surveillance systems function in a similar way except that they detect articles moving through a portal (loading dock, parking structure, door way, etc.). The software registers the asset as having moved from one area to another. It can alarm if the article or asset should not be moved. Other items such as vehicles can also be tracked in real time through these systems. Lastly article surveillance or asset tracking systems typically utilize radio frequency identification devices (RFID), which are implanted in or attached to the asset. The RFID chip communicates to the sensor at a portal to complete the registration or location of the asset.

New Trends
Biometrics – Biometrics are sometimes utilized as the credential or in addition to another credential or keypad. Unlike cards, biometrics provide better security since the biometric identifier cannot be stolen. Common biometrics are hand geometry, retina scan, fingerprint reading, and face recognition. Since biometrics are becoming more reliable, some newer systems utilize a biometric only, which makes use of the system easier and faster.

Integrated Access Control and VMS – Many newer systems have a very robust integration between the video management system and the access control system. This allows for complete and easy incident management and fast situational awareness of what may be happening in the building or its perimeter. The operator can search an alarm generated by the access system and immediately see all the video associated with the alarmed event.

Cloud Based – Some newer access control systems are managed from the cloud, which saves in administration costs and makes the system easier to use both in terms of user accessibility and in terms of simplicity. These systems can be sold on a subscription basis offering the user less up front costs. These systems are also designed to accommodate multiple locations and multiple control points or management points.

IT Wiring and Wireless – Some newer systems operate utilizing the existing IT infrastructure (POE) of the building or even wirelessly. Many of the wireless systems can integrate to newer wireless locks made by traditional manufacturers such as Schlage. This can save enormous costs in installation.

Lockdown – Access Controls Systems are being widely utilized to lockdown all the exterior and sometimes the interior doors in a building to slow down or stop an active shooter. The access control system also provides visual awareness through surveillance system integration and announcement of the danger through integration of the intercom system.(see lockdown systems)

Integration Access control systems are able to integrate with multiple other building systems to provide both alarm and visual awareness for the operator. Visual and Alarm type systems might include: Surveillance Systems, Fire Alarm, Intrusion Alarm, gates, fence perimeter systems, parking lot and outdoor help systems, shot detection systems, backup generators and more. Further integration might also include control of notification systems, HVAC systems, background sound, outdoor voice, and much more. More advanced access control systems integrate dozens of systems together delivering complete command and control environments for multiple operators in multiple locations providing situational awareness utilizing audible and map based visual operator interfaces.

Brands IntraWorks is one of the most experienced Access Control Installation companies in the region. We are proud to represent Lenel, Facility Commander, Maxxess, Continuum, Vanderbilt and DSX Controls. Not all of these brands are offered in all of our locations. Each of these brands have advantages and disadvantages based on the application and facility structure.

Testing & Maintenance Access Control Systems should be tested periodically depending on the application and the supervision capability of the system itself. Our access control technicians can perform tests according to client standards and certify the health of any system. Since Access Control is a critical system, IntraWorks can provide fast and reliable priority response when the system is put under a smart service agreement.

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