Access control system operation
When a credential is presented to a reader, the reader sends the credential’s information, usually a number, to a control panel, a highly reliable processor. The control panel compares the credential's number to an access control list, grants or denies the presented request, and sends a transaction log to a database. When access is denied based on the access control list, the door remains locked. If there is a match between the credential and the access control list, the control panel operates a relay that in turn unlocks the door. The control panel also ignores a door open signal to prevent an alarm. Often the reader provides feedback, such as a flashing red LED for an access denied and a flashing green LED for an access granted.
There are three types (factors) of authenticating information:
- Something the user knows, e.g. a password, pass-phrase or PIN
- Something the user has, such as smart card or a key fob
- Something the user is, such as fingerprint, verified by biometric measurement
Passwords are a common means of verifying a user's identity before access is given to information systems. In addition, a fourth factor of authentication is now recognized: someone you know, whereby another person who knows you can provide a human element of authentication in situations where systems have been set up to allow for such scenarios. For example, a user may have their password, but have forgotten their smart card. In such a scenario, if the user is known to designated cohorts, the cohorts may provide their smart card and password, in combination with the extant factor of the user in question, and thus provide two factors for the user with the missing credential, giving three factors overall to allow access.
|Support - Fingerprint/Card/Password||Card+Access Control||Fingerprint+Card+Access Control||Fingerprint+Card+Access Control|
|Fingerprint/Card/Password Capcity (User Capacity)||NA||1500||2000|
|Dimension||143 x 95.5 x39.5mm||90 x 90 x 34mm||88 x 88 x 35|
|Communication||RS232/485, TCP/IP||USB-host , TCP/ IP, RS 485||NA|
|Battery Backup: 1) Essential 2) Not Essential||Not Available||Not Available||Not Available|
|Display Color||Black & white||Color||Color|
|Power Supply||12V DC, 2Amps / 3Amps||12 V DC, 1.5 Amps||12V ,3A|