Access Control Systems Installation

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Lock And Tech USA install, maintain and repair access control systems of all major brands and models and have helped secure thousands of homes, offices, buildings and properties in the New York City area. We offer all in one access solutions including 24 HR monitoring services and advanced mobile integrated solutions. Your protection is our top priority!

We custom design, install, and service integrated access control solutions for a wide range of industries. We partner with the best equipment manufacturers and software developers to ensure what you want secured stays secure. Access control solutions from Lock and Tech USA serve many use cases, from standalone buildings to complex global enterprises. We make access control systems that can go well beyond security to enhance building efficiencies and operations.

Biometric Access Control Systems

Biometric access control is one of the most popular types of security systems on the market, and for good reason: it combines security and convenience in a way that no other access control system can.

Access control refers to the management of an access point, such as a door, turnstile, elevator, etc. so as to only allow entry to authorized users. While access control systems can be used for virtually any access point that uses an electronic lock mechanism, doors are the most common applications for access control.

Common biometric modalities include:

  • Palm vein
  • Fingerprint
  • Iris scan
  • Face recognition

Why Are Biometrics Used in Security Systems?

Traditional access systems have a critical vulnerability: objects and data can be shared or stolen, allowing someone other than the intended user to access the facility if they get a hold of them.

This may or may not not be a big deal depending on the level of security that is required.

For example, many coffee shops use a keypad on the bathroom door with the passcode (usually just four digits) printed on the receipt so that visitors aren’t able to simply enter, use the restroom, and leave without ordering anything.

Whether this is good customer service or not is beside the point. In this case, the thing that the lock is protecting (a public bathroom) doesn’t exactly require Fort Knox-level security, so a simple keypad works just fine.

However, such a security system is unfit for anything that requires more serious protection. The problem with passcodes is that, because they are just information, they can be easily shared and distributed among an infinite number of people — even if those people aren’t authorized.

Physical access tokens (such as keys, fobs, and ID cards) share a similar vulnerability: they can be easily lost or stolen, allowing whoever has access to the token to have access to the facility — regardless of whether the person accessing it is actually authorized.

Biometrics, however, don’t have this vulnerability. Because your unique biometric code is always with you, it is very difficult for anyone other than you to access it.

This is why, while not all biometrics are equal in terms of security, even some of the least secure biometric systems are still more secure than traditional security systems.

Biometric fingerprint scaner

What Are the Benefits of Biometrics for Access Control?

The main benefits of using biometrics for access control are security, convenience, and reduced costs.

Security

Inherent to the user
Since biometrics use a person’s unique biology to verify their identity, it is extremely difficult for them to be taken or used by anyone other than the intended user.

Difficult to duplicate

Traditional access tokens such as keycards can be easily spoofed using a simple $50 keycard duplicator available on Ebay. This illustrates the security vulnerabilities of legacy access control systems.

Biometrics, however, are generally much harder to spoof because most modern biometric systems use liveness tests to ensure that the biometric data is coming from an actual human and not a forged replica.

Easy permission management

With our biometric access control system, admins can instantly grant or revoke access permissions directly from the console dashboard, allowing them to ensure only active, non-suspended users are given access.

Convenience

Can’t be lost or forgotten
Biometric access control systems are remarkably convenient in that they allow authorized users to access the facility without needing anything other than themselves.

Unlike traditional access tokens which can be lost, or passwords which can be forgotten, your biometric code is always with you, so you’ll always have it when you need it.

Easy access

Your biometric ID is always at hand, so no more fumbling in your pocket for a fob or ID card. With Lock and Tech USA, your hand is your ID.

Efficiency

Most biometrics are able to identify users in under a second, eliminating the inefficiency and time delays caused by manual identity checks, passwords, or PINs.

Reduced Costs

Fewer Security Staff
Biometric access control systems can save companies money by reducing the need for dedicated security staff to man access points. According to Salary Expert, The average salary for a gate guard in the US is about $32,000 a year. Add this to the fact that multiple guards are needed for different shifts, and the cost of employing guards to man access points becomes significantly high.

Zero Replacement Costs
Access control systems that use physical tokens such as keycards and fobs incur an extra hidden cost: lost token replacement rate. Lost cards and fobs are an all-too-common occurrence. For example, a study done by Tile on lost student ID cards found that:

19% of students in the US lose their ID card every year
3.8 million cards are lost every year
ID cards typically cost anywhere from $5 – $50 to replace, with an average replacement cost of $22 per card
Resulting in a cost of around 83.6 million dollars spent each year on replacing them
And this doesn’t even account for the time lost by administrators going through the process of replacing them.

Protect Expensive Equipment
The cost of potential security breaches outweighs the previous costs by an order of magnitude. In manufacturing facilities, for example, the use of machinery by unauthorized persons can void the warranty of the machine, creating enormous out-of-pocket costs to repair if it breaks.

What are the different types of biometrics for access control?

There are four biometrics that are most commonly used for access control:

Palm Vein

Palm vein is a relatively new biometric that works by using infrared light to map the unique vein pattern of the palm. Unlike other biometrics, this pattern is internal to the body, which gives it several unique advantages that make it ideal for access control applications.

Pros:

Best-in-Class Security
Palm vein is arguably the most secure biometric due to how difficult it would be to reverse engineer. Since the biometric pattern is never exposed to the world, it would be extremely difficult for a hacker to build a replica that could be used to spoof the scanner.

Additionally, built-in liveness tests ensure that even if a person could somehow gain access to your palm-vein pattern and create a perfect replica of it, they still wouldn’t be able to fool a scanner since actual blood flow is required.

Accuracy
Due to the large surface area being captured (the entire palm as opposed to just a fingerprint, for example), palm-vein captures more data points than any other biometric, making it the most accurate biometric on the market.

As such, palm vein has the lowest False Acceptance Rate (FAR) and False Rejection Rate (FRR) of any biometric.

Privacy-by-Design
Palm vein records an internal rather than an external biometric. So unlike facial recognition (which can be captured from a distance without consent), palm vein can’t be captured without a user’s direct interaction with the scanner.

This is why palm vein is uniquely privacy-by-design.

This makes it the more trustworthy choice for users, while also making it easier for companies that use it to gain compliance with privacy regulations around the world (such as the GDPR).

Cons:

Potentially reduced accuracy in cold weather
Although this hasn’t been practically demonstrated yet in real-world scenarios, extreme cold weather could theoretically reduce scan effectiveness due to cold temperatures restricting blood flow.

Fingerprint

When most people think of “biometrics,” fingerprint is probably the first thing that comes to mind.

Fingerprint is an old, time-tested biometric. The ancient Chinese used fingerprints to authenticate government documents, and the Babylonians used fingerprints to sign written contracts.

Today, it is used for a large variety of different applications, from identifying suspects at the scene of a crime and conducting background checks to authenticating payments and unlocking mobile devices.

Pros:

Relatively cheap
While price can vary significantly depending on the type of scanner, fingerprint is generally a very cost-efficient technology. This makes it particularly suitable for mass-production, hence its popularity as the go-to biometric in virtually all modern smartphones.

Well-known
Fingerprint’s popularity as a biometric means that most people are already familiar with it, reducing the need to educate or train people on how to use it.

Cons:

Susceptible to wear, damage, and change over time
Fingerprints, more so than any other biometric, are vulnerable to wear and damage. Cuts, abrasions, and scars can alter fingerprints significantly enough that fingerprint scanners are no longer able to properly identify a person who was previously enrolled in the database.

Less Sanitary
Of all the biometrics mentioned here, fingerprint is the only one that requires physical contact with the device. This makes it less suitable for applications where top-notch hygiene is especially important, such as in restaurants, food manufacturing facilities, and hospitals.

Susceptible to being collected and replicated by third parties
Since we leave our fingerprints on everything we touch, they are vulnerable to being collected by a third party. Once collected, they can be forged in a number of ways, such as via 3D printing. This makes less-advanced scanners (that don’t have built-in liveness tests) vulnerable to spoofing.

Iris scan

The unique, highly-detailed pattern of the iris makes it a natural choice for biometrics.

Iris scanners use infrared light and high-resolution cameras to create a detailed map of the iris, then convert this information into a template that becomes a person’s biometric ID.

Pros:

Stable
A person’s iris patterns remain identical throughout their lifespan, making them a highly stable option.

Accurate
Because of the rich level of detail in the retina, scanners are able to capture a high number of data points, making it a highly accurate biometric. This accuracy is further increased in scanners that scan both eyes.

Cons:

Can be captured from a distance
Modern iris scanners can capture a person’s iris biometrics from over 40 yards away, creating privacy risks that are similar to facial recognition (albeit less extreme).

Facial recognition

Face recognition has gained a lot of popularity recently. In airports, for example, airline companies are using this biometric as a way to quickly and conveniently identify travelers, reducing lines and allowing them to board more quickly.

However, this has created controversy because of the privacy concerns this technology poses. Unlike other biometrics, facial recognition can be captured from a distance, making it possible to be captured without consent.

Pros:

Convenience
Facial recognition is probably the easiest-to-use biometric since the person doesn’t actually need to do anything to be identified. Recent smartphone models, for example, allow users to automatically unlock their phone just by looking at the screen.

Cons:

Privacy Risks
Since it can be captured from a distance, facial recognition opens up the possibility of being captured without consent, creating potential privacy and legal risks.

This isn’t a problem when it’s used on personal devices such as phones, since the biometric data stays on the device. However, when used in public to automatically identify people, facial recognition creates major privacy risks.

Less Accurate
Facial recognition has a higher False Acceptance Rate (FAR) and False Rejection Rate (FRR) than any other biometric. This is because it 1). FR measures fewer data points than other biometrics, and 2). Changes in appearance (such as facial hair, glasses, makeup, etc.) make it more likely to return a false negative.

There are several reasons why biometrics are such a popular choice for access control. Traditionally, there is a tradeoff in convenience when switching to more secure technologies, but biometrics are one of the few examples of a security upgrade that also increases convenience. It’s the best of both worlds.

Because of this, biometrics are quickly becoming the go-to choice for access control purposes. Military-grade security combined with increased convenience and reduced costs make it an obvious choice over traditional access systems.

Keys, Fobs, ID Cards

Keycards have many different names. There are prox cards, swipe cards, and fobs; you may have also heard of magnetic cards, RFID/NFC cards, and even simple ID cards. Despite their different names and the fact that the technology used varies, their function is always the same: To efficiently and securely grant or restrict access to a certain area.

Hang on, I’ve heard of these! Doesn’t HID make them? If you asked yourself that question, then you’re right! Historically, the main provider of keycards is HID Global—it manufactures, distributes and sells access cards using their proximity readers. Despite being very popular, a major problem of certain types of HID keycards is that they can be easily hacked using $10 devices. That’s because most common cards run on the vulnerable Wiegand protocol, which allows hackers to copy cards and keycards quickly and inexpensively.

Hand with key fob card

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 either connected to a central access control system, standalone pin pads, keypads on door locks or deadbolts or IP connected pin pads. Sometimes for the purpose of time and attendance they are paired up with biometrics since PIN codes can be passed on.

Keypads on door locks might be most familiar from restroom type of scenarios where Starbucks doesn’t want you to use the restroom without you buying a drink. In return they print the PIN code for the bathroom on the payment receipt. If you are a regular you know the code, since it typically hardly ever changes. That’s exactly the problem with PIN codes – if you change the PIN, no one gets in anymore.

Lock with keypad

The keypad is also a mainstay in the world of access control today. The modern office with electronic locks utilizes a keypad either as a secondary access option, alongside another security access control system, or as a stand-alone access point (usually for backroom storage). Often, the keypad is integrated into another security system, such a card for readers or inbuilt with fingerprint scanners on each button. The ease in which it can be installed also makes it a very common accessory for electronic locks, most notably magnetic locks and sometimes electric strikes too.

While keypads remain very useful for security systems, the reason why they have fell down the pecking order is simple: it is not a secure solution to make an office safe, only a convenient method to gain access. While a keypad does away with physical keys and other security tokens, information as access means a PIN can be shared an infinite number of times between people, regardless of permission levels. Such a system is largely contingent on trusting users with confidential information.

In addition, it is difficult to hold anyone accountable should a security breach occur, especially if the PIN information is widespread between users of the space.As such, security tokens have displaced keypads as the primary mode of access in security systems today. In addition, there has been significant innovation in the way of minimizing the inconvenience affiliated with such tokens, such as authenticating access on your mobile phone, or creating a more sensitive reader that eliminates the need to scan key cards at very close proximity.

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