What Are the Most Common Uses for Access Control Cards?

What Are the Most Common Uses for Access Control Cards?

by Mike Boehm on May 02, 2023

Organizations and businesses around the world run off access control systems. As technology as a whole progresses, so too does access control. This article will explain some of the most common uses of an access control cards and access control systems.


Timeclock Systems

Again, as technology has improved, we no longer need to punch in and out of work through a clunky machine and piece of paper. Timeclock systems have successfully been integrated into access control systems through proximity cards. When an employee arrives to work, he (or she) has a badge that is most likely a proximity card. With that card, the employee simply needs to waive his card by a card reader in order to clock in or out for the day.


Tool Checkout Systems

Checkout systems are extremely important in certain industries such as construction or medicine. Both industries deal with expensive and dangerous equipment. The best way to track said equipment and prevent theft is through a tool checkout system. In order for a doctor to get 10 milligrams of morphine, for example, he would have to scan his proximity card at the checkout station and record exactly what he is taking. This prevents theft in the medical fields because not any proximity card will work at the checkout; most likely, a nurse or security guard would not be able to access the system with their proximity cards. This principle of a tool checkout system can be applied to expensive equipment as well. If your company has spent hundreds of dollars on safety vests, for example, then you may want your employees to check them out when they are being used. This is so you can know who is in possession of the equipment which will protect your company when an item gets misplaced.


Gate Systems

Gate systems are the epidemy of access control as they are physical barriers preventing unwanted individuals from entering your organization or even your home. Gate systems use proximity cards to determine who is authorized to enter a certain area and who is not. Once you pull into the driveway or entryway, there is card reader in which an employee (in the case of a business) or the owner (in the case of a house) would scan his proximity card. If the access control system recognizes the user, then the gate will swing open; if not, then the individual would not be able to access the home or facility.


Point of Sale Systems

A point-of-sale system is most used at workplace cafeterias where employees can use their proximity cards to purchase their lunches. The price for their meal will automatically be deducted from their paycheck. Another form of point of sale is when a small business owner can process a credit card on her cell phone through a tiny device. This uses RFID technology through a credit card (i.e. proximity card).

In short, proximity cards are used in a variety of ways through a variety of systems with access control technology. The basic principle of this technology is that the proximity card communicates with the access control system to either deny or grant someone access to something.

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