Commercial Security: Selecting an Authentication Reader for Interior Door Access Control


If you are concerned about the security of sensitive spaces such as records rooms and data centres, you should think about installing access control technologies. These products will impose restrictive selection to the selected area, ensuring security without disrupting business operations. When choosing an ideal item for your building, you should evaluate the authentication readers in the market. The readers are designed to allow users to identify themselves and unlock the doors. Here are the most beneficial authentication options that you can install for your commercial operation.

Digital Keypad Device

The simplest authentication solution for an access-controlled door is a digital keypad. As implied, an employee will enter their PIN into the device, allowing the interior entrance to open. This option is favourable because it is inexpensive and does not require a complicated setup. However, you should be aware that keypads can form wear patterns which can compromise security. Therefore, look for a product with measures against the occurrence of this problem.

Contact Card Technology

Contact card readers require the users to swipe a card in a slot. In the past, there were multiple cards for access control, but issues such as duplication were rampant. Today, only the magnetic stripe card is utilised in commercial offices. The technology is relatively inexpensive, and each user will have a unique tag, ensuring accountability. However, you should note that reader slots often sustain damage due to swiping wear and insertion of foreign objects. 

Contactless Reader

Contactless card readers are also known as proximity readers. This authentication choice is ideal if you would like to avoid issues related to card slot vandalism. Proximity cards are effortless to use because they will work when close to the device sensor. Additionally, this access control setup will last long since there will be no contact wear. When choosing a contactless reader, you should compare the different incorporated technologies, including barcode, magnetic stripes and smart cards.


Biometrics systems have gained more popularity in access control because they cannot be easily cheated. In simple terms, they do not use PINs or cards which can be exchanged. These readers rely on the unique characteristics of an individual such as fingerprints, handprints and retina. They have the best security for sensitive spaces, but you will need to invest significant financial resources in purchasing the technology.

Finally, you should note that combining multiple authentication readers is an option for better interior space security. If you are uncertain about the best setup, consult an experienced products supplier or locksmith.


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