Access Control Systems

Future Tech offer a full range of access control systems for building management and staff access. Biometric Readers, RFID Readers, Facial Recognition and Keypads are integrated with physical barriers, which can be a door, gate, turnstile, boom gate, spike barrier or any other customized barrier, where granting access can be electronically controlled.

Typically the access point is a door. An electronic access control door can contain several elements. At its most basic, there is a stand-alone electric strike lock or magnetic lock. The lock is unlocked by an operator with a switch. To automate this, operator intervention is replaced by any of the mentioned systems. This then eliminates unauthorized access and heightens your security levels substantially.

Access Control Readers

Readers do not usually make an access decision, but send a card number to an access control panel that verifies the number against an access list. To monitor the door position a magnetic door switch can be used. In concept, the door switch is not unlike those on refrigerators or car doors. Generally only entry is controlled, and exit is uncontrolled. In cases where exit is also controlled, a second reader is used on the opposite side of the door. In cases where exit is not controlled, free exit, a device called a request-to-exit (RTE) is used. Request-to-exit devices can be a push-button or a motion detector. When the button is pushed, or the motion detector detects motion at the door, the door alarm is temporarily ignored while the door is opened. Exiting a door without having to electrically unlock the door is called mechanical free egress. This is an important safety feature. In cases where the lock must be electrically unlocked on exit, the request-to-exit device also unlocks the door.