Top-Rated Installation of Access Control Systems in the Greater NYC Area
Access Control Systems Services We Offer
At Lock And Tech USA, we install, maintain, and repair access control systems from a number of brands and models. We have helped secure thousands of homes, buildings, offices, and properties all across the New York City area. We offer all-in-one access solutions including 24-hour monitoring and advanced mobile integration. It’s our top priority to protect you.
We will custom design, install, and service our access control solutions in a wide range of industries. We work with the best equipment manufacturers and software developers to make sure that the things you want to keep secure, stay secure. Lock And Tech USA has access control solutions that work in a number of styles, from standalone buildings to complex global enterprises. Our access control systems can go well beyond security to enhance building efficiencies and operations.
Biometric Access Control Systems
What is biometric access? It’s one of the most popular types of security systems on the market. It’s a combination of security and convenience that no other security system can replicate.
Access control is the management of an access point whether that is a door, security turnstiles, elevator, or other access points where only authorized users are allowed in. While access control systems can be set up for just about any access point that uses an electronic locking mechanism, doors are the most common applications for access control.
Types of biometric access include:
- Palm vein – A relatively new form of biometric that uses infrared light to map the unique vein pattern in the palm of your hand. Unlike other biometrics, this one is inside your body which gives it a lot of advantages and makes it great for access control systems.
- Fingerprint – The most common and what most people think of when they think of biometrics. It’s an old, time-tested biometric. Even the Ancient Chinese used fingerprints to authenticate government documents and the Babylonians used them to sign contracts.
- Iris scan – A highly patterned and unique use of biometrics. Iris scanners use infrared lights and high-resolution cameras to make a highly detailed map of the iris, which is then converted into information to create a person’s biometric ID.
- Face recognition – Face recognition has become very popular lately. In airports, airlines are using facial recognition to identify travelers, reducing lines to allow them to travel more quickly. There’s controversy with this form of biometric because of privacy concerns. Facial recognition can be captured at a distance which makes it possible to capture someone without their consent.
Why Are Biometrics Used in Security Systems?
Traditional access systems are subject to a very strong point of vulnerability: objects and data can be shared or stolen, giving access to an unwanted person. Depending on the level of security, this might not be the biggest deal, but it’s still cause of concern.
Sure, if you’re running a coffee shop and have an added level of security on the bathroom door, then biometrics might be overkill. But if you need to provide access to a limited number of people for something more important, then a keypad isn’t going to hold up to the scrutiny of the security needed. That’s the problem with passcodes. They can be shared with anyone very easily.
Physical access tokens like keycards, fobs, or ID cards are a step in the right direction but are also vulnerable. They can easily be lost or stolen and provide access to whoever holds the key, whether they’re the person who’s authorized to use the key or not.
Biometrics don’t have these vulnerabilities though. Your unique biometric code is always with you. You can’t write down your iris on a sheet of paper and give it to someone else or lose your fingerprints for someone else to steal.
While all biometric systems aren’t created equally, even the least secure biometric system is still more secure than traditional forms of security.
What are the Benefits of Using Biometrics for Access Control?
There are a number of benefits of using biometrics for access control. These include:
- Security – Since biometrics use a person’s unique biology for access, it’s extremely difficult to have someone else gain access if their biology isn’t in the system.
- Difficult to duplicate – Traditional access tokens like keycards can be duplicated easily with duplication devices. This means that a lot of more traditional access systems have vulnerabilities. Biometrics are much harder to duplicate, especially since more modern biometrics use liveness tests to ensure that the biometric data is coming from a living human rather than a forgery.
- Easy permission management – With a biometric control system, it becomes easy to deny access directly from the console dashboard, which makes sure that only active, non-suspended users are given access.
- Convenience – Biometric control systems are incredibly convenient with how they allow authorized users to access a control point without needing anything besides themselves. Unlike a keycard, your biometric is always with you.
- Efficiency – Biometrics can identify users in less than a second, eliminating the delays and time inefficiencies caused by manual identity checks, passwords, or PINs.
- Reduced costs – The ease of biometrics means that there’s a lot of costs across the board that can be reduced. A biometric access system means you need less security staff, reduce replacement costs down to zero without a need for keycards, and a biometric system makes for the perfect way to protect expensive property.
Keys, Fobs, and ID Cards
Keycards go by a lot of different names. There are prox cards, swipe cards, and the key fob system. There are also magnetic cards, RFID/NFC cards, and even simple ID cards. Even though they all have different names and they may operate in different ways, they all serve one function: to securely and efficiently grant or restrict access to a certain area.
One of the biggest manufacturers of a card access system is HID Global. They manufacture, distribute and sell access cards to operate a proximity reader. The HID access control system does have a downside: it can be easily hacked by a $10 device. This is because most cards run on the Wiegand protocol, a vulnerable protocol that allows hackers to copy cards and keycards quickly and inexpensively.
What is a keycard? How does it work with a reader?
A keycard is a security token that grants you access through electrically-powered doors. These systems require a keycard reader (installed on the door) and you gain access by either tapping your card on the reader (proximity reader), swiping it (swipe reader), or inserting it (insert reader).
With keycards, users no longer need to insert a metal or traditional key into a tumbler lock to gain access. Instead, there is an embedded access credential on the keycard magstripe, or as a chip in the card itself, and this is read by the keycard reader each time you attempt an unlock. If the unique code on your card is recognized by the reader, permission is granted for access.
How does the Reader communicate with the door lock?
Once the reader recognizes the access credential, it then communicates with the door lock. The smart access control reader will be wired to an electric lock on your door and it will send a signal to the lock to start an unlock event. With a good system, the whole process takes less than a second.
Alternatives to Keycard Entry Systems
Given the disadvantages of keycard entry systems, it’s imperative to identify better alternatives that can address these disadvantages. An attractive option would be mobile access control. This means using the credentials on your mobile phone to unlock doors.
We offer a cloud-based mobile access control system. This means that, in addition to keycards, users can unlock doors with their cellphones. By using the RFID and Bluetooth chips inside the phone, you can use your phone as you would an access card and tap it to the reader to unlock it.
Moreover, as a cloud-based solution, the management or admins will be able to reap the benefits of having a cloud-based system (as opposed to a traditional local-hosted system). Our access control systems host all the data and offer interesting data analytics and observations.
Get a quote from us and experience the ease and security of a cloud-based mobile access control system.
Keypad Door Control Systems
Pin Pads or keypads for doors are usually connected to either a central access control system, standalone pin pads, keypads on door locks or deadbolts, or IP-connected pin pads. Sometimes they are combined with biometric access systems since PINs can be passed on from one person to the next.
You might be most familiar with keypads on locks in a scenario where you may be at a place of business where you can’t use the restroom unless you buy a drink. In return for buying said drink, they print the code to the bathroom on your receipt. If you’re in there all the time, you might memorize the code since the place most likely rarely changes its codes. That’s the problem with PIN codes. If you change the PIN, no one gets in anymore.
The keypad is a mainstay of access control today as opposed to a push to exit button. The modern office with electronic locks most likely uses a keypad either as a secondary access control option, alongside another form of access control, or as a stand-alone access point. The keypad is integrated into another security system, such as badge readers or a biometric scan of some sort. The ease with which it can be installed makes it very common among electronic locks.
While keypads remain very useful, the reason why they fell in popularity is that it’s not a great security solution. While a keypad does away with physical keys or some other security token, a PIN can be shared with an infinite amount of people, regardless of security level. The entire system hinges on trusting its users with confidential information.
It’s difficult to hold anyone accountable for a breach in security, especially if the PIN is widely spread amongst the user base. Because of these, security tokens have become more prominent for their stronger security features. In addition, there’s been a minimization of inconvenience associated with such tokens, allowing access through your mobile phone or creating a reader that is more sensitive which eliminates the need for scanning keycards in close proximity.
Brands We Working With:
At Lock and Tech USA, we work with the following access control companies to provide you with the best access control systems possible: HID, Brivo, Keri Systems, S2 Security, Keyscan, Suprema, Milestone, Paxton, IEI, Linear, Latch, Allegion, Amazon, Schlage, ZKAccess, Salto, Open Path, Kaba
We specialize in the following access control system installation, sales of, and services:
- Access control system installation of solutions for enterprise environments of every size.
- Access control databases that are easy to use and manage.
- Employees and visitors are given access control.
- Biometric readers, high-assurance systems, and multi-factor authorization for critical locations and assets.
- A philosophy based around a systems approach to minimize disruptions and ensure reliability.
- Highly encrypted and powerful door controllers.
- Interconnect a growing portfolio of security, fire, and building systems through seamless integration.
- Solutions that go above and beyond by providing security, cyber resiliency, intelligence, and business efficiency.
- Access historical data by creating an audit trail.
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Top-Notch Sales, Service, and Installation You Can Only Find at Lock and Tech USA
At Lock and Tech USA, we pride ourselves on providing the utmost service. Whether you’re looking for an access control system installation for your home or business or need repairs, our team of dedicated technicians are available by phone to assist you. Our technicians are trained in the latest access control system technologies and updates, so you can be sure you’re getting the best service everytime you call us.
When you’re ready to move forward, the team at Lock and Tech USA are just a phone call away. Contact us at (877) 715-6252 to schedule an appointment. We serve the greater New York City area, as well as North Jersey.
Hear from Our Clients
I am a property manager in Manhattan and had to find a company to repair a busted intercom system. I came across Lock and Tech, and George set everything up for me, answered all of my questions over three different conversations, and he never made me feel like I was bothering him with all my questions and concerns. The technicians did a fabulous job and had the intercom fixed in less than an hour. The men cleaned up thoroughly after the job which I completely appreciated. I highly recommend this company and will definitely use them again.
We are renovating our small (6 unit) apartment building in Manhattan and decided it was time to replace our very old and finicky intercom. We opportunistically decided to install a Virtual Doorman so we buzz deliveries in when we are not at home. The team at Lock and Tech has been great. The installation was all done in one day and we all have electronic keyfobs that control our first two doors, in addition to the keypad. The team is very responsive and professional. I highly recommend them!
After doing research for a an installer, we landed with Lock & Tech for a small install. I was so impressed with their customer service, quality and overall work, we hired them for a larger job. We’ve like the work so much we’ve been using them for the past 3-4 years doing installs in and around our facility. The team is very knowledgeable and accommodating, and will work with you throughout the whole process until you are satisfied. Prices and services are great and will continue to use their services in the years to come. Highly recommend!
I selected Lock & Tech for our intercom system installation after looking up every company that does this work. Even after selecting them I was skeptical of Google and Yelp reviews and wasn’t sure what I would get. It turns out they are reliable, do expert work, and are great to work with. My building is very old and they did an excellent job of installing the intercom, strikers and locks despite the difficulties that exist in old buildings. They were attentive to all our particular needs and responded quickly to calls or texts. Above all, the price was very reasonable, more so than other installers. I highly recommend them.
We had Lock and Tech USA install a security camera system to our Prospect Heights co-op and Gabriel and his team did an amazing job! They installed the whole system, including 6 cameras on the interior and exterior of our building in one day! The quality of the cameras and equipment is top of the line- the picture is crystal clear. They are very thorough, responsive, professional and offer high quality installation and equipment for a great price. They email and call when you need and made sure we were 110% happy with everything. Highly highly recommend these guys!
Derek was amazing and professional. He met all my needs and answered all my questions. His workers came knowing what was needed to be done and did an amazing job. I needed to get my camera system replaced with a new one. They charge on a hourly basis, so the workers did not take their sweet time to run up the price. They did a very professional job at a very fast rate. I am very pleased with Lock and Tech USA. I will always refer to them for any security needs. Thank you guys.
Lock and Tech USA successfully installed an AIPHONE intercom system at my Brooklyn office. Their technician, Viktor, was personable, pleasant, and highly skilled. Viktor carefully installed the intercom system without damaging expensive suede wallpaper, professionally concealed wires in walls, and ensured that the intercom system was perfectly functioning before departing. Viktor is a wonderful technician. As such, I recommend Lock and Tech for AIPHONE intercom installations – Ask for Viktor!
Great communication, follow-up, and support!! Sales was straight forward, no point even negotiating, very reasonable and understanding! Installation was quick and thorough and they put everything exactly where I wanted them to be. We had an issue with one of the devices and they responded in minutes and even came back the next day. Amazing service!