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Independent Advice on Access Control and Door Entry Systems

Although there are many organisations that install access control systems for doors, ID Card Centre consultants also provide in-depth technical expertise backed by many years of experience. Our independent expert advice on secure door entry systems, smartcards, USB enrolment readers, ID cards, fobs and much more will make your budget go further in an area that you can’t afford to get wrong.

Technological advancements in all forms of access control may mean that dual purposing a solution can be done: e.g. smartcards for access control and transactions in leisure centres and universities.

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Municipal buildings

Door Entry Systems for Council Buildings

Access control management systems for doors on council-owned properties are intrinsically complex and cost-sensitive. Facilities managers in local authorities inherit a portfolio of buildings and often each one has a different door access control system.

We provide a consultative approach to combining or replacing elements of your access control system such as door fob or card technology. This ensures you receive the most cost-effective solution along with total cost of ownership calculations and an estimated lifespan.

Independent door access control expertise

Since they are dealing with access control systems that have been installed at different times, council employees often have to carry multiple cards or fobs for a variety of secure door entry systems. Our specialists advise councils on the most cost-effective rationalisation – so that staff only need to carry one key card or fob in multi-entry-system environments.

Streamlining fob and card access control systems

Standardising access control on a building that may only be retained for a few years comes with tight budgetary restraints. Because our advice is independent, our knowledge and honesty generally help to make budgets go further.

Some of the most popular access control solutions we come across include: Salto door access control, Paxton door entry systems, various Honeywell access control combinations, Pac access control, Elatec card reader systems, Controlsoft access control and sometimes ioProx card readers.

 

Accessibility

Whatever the system, accessibility is vital. Although our track record focuses on technology-led access control, our consultants have many examples of recommendations designed to meet users’ needs: for example, textured lanyards and Braille cards.

Accessories and consumables

ID Card Centre offers a holistic service, providing technical expertise on door entry systems through to visitor management software and encoded cards.

We stock all the accessories and consumables you’ll ever need. These are shipped from our UK warehouse free of charge for web orders that exceed £150.

We offer same-day shipping for stocked products, which include:
  • Fobs
  • ID cards and passes
  • Lanyards, badge reels and cardholders
  • Name badges
  • ID card printers and consumables (short-term rentals or for purchase)
  • Hi-vis armbands
We also provide a secure recycling service for plastic cards, lanyards and card printer ribbons.
 

Banks

Staff Access Control and Door Entry Systems

ID Card Centre is often called by facilities maintenance companies to visit banks and financial institutions to strengthen their physical security.

In banks and other high-security sites, access control for doors is a visible sign to customers of an organisation’s commitment to data security. Senior management are obliged to demonstrate that they have taken every feasible measure to maintain tight security.

Tightening security following a breach

Replacing a door access control system in a bank after security has been compromised might not be necessary: however, replacing every encoded key card to your entry system is an immediate requirement.

This is one of ID Card Centre’s specialisms and involves:

  • A rapid response
  • Producing personalised cards with variable data
  • Secure data processing and card production on-site (in the bank)
  • Formatting new ID photos
  • Discrete artwork and specialist anti-fraud print processes, including HoloKote® watermarks
  • Updates to reserved area access control systems
  • Software updates to the in-house card management system

Our teams can operate on high-security sites whenever and wherever you need them.

 

Maintaining secure door entry systems

ID Card Centre often continues to maintain the key fob or card door entry system after large-scale bank or office building access control overhauls. In addition, ID Card Centre’s in-house card bureau ensures that security measures are upheld and updated as your workforce changes over time.

We stock all the accessories and consumables you’ll ever need. These are shipped from our UK warehouse free of charge for web orders that exceed £150.

Covering a range of key fob and card access control systems

Because ID Card Centre is independent, our technical expertise covers a huge range of card and fob access control systems. These include RFID, HID and TDSI access control systems. We work with Salto, Paxton, Pac, Honeywell, Kantech, Elatec and Controlsoft access control systems, among many others.

For independent, up-to-date advice on access control systems, call us and ask to speak to one of our consultants.

We offer same-day shipping for stocked products, which include:
  • Fobs
  • ID cards and passes
  • Lanyards, badge reels and cardholders
  • Name badges
We also provide a secure recycling service for plastic cards, lanyards and card printer ribbons. Customers who use our recycling services earn discounts on future purchases.
 

Leisure

Day Passes, Membership ID Cards and Smartcard Access Control

Family tourist attractions, hotels, venues and gyms all have different access control requirements. Sometimes they’re separate businesses and on other occasions they’re on the same site.

Our independent access control systems consultants work with leisure operators and facilities managers to secure sites with doors and manage visitors to sites that don’t have doors.

 

Removing the admin burden

ID Card Centre offers a holistic service providing technical expertise on door entry systems through to visitor management software, encoded membership cards and other annual passes.

We stock all the accessories and consumables you’ll ever need. These are shipped from our UK warehouse free of charge for web orders that exceed £150.

We also offer a secure recycling service for plastic cards, lanyards and card printer ribbons. Customers who use our recycling services earn discounts on future purchases.

We offer same-day shipping for stocked products, which include:
  • Intelligent wristbands (depending on your technical requirements)
  • Fobs
  • ID cards and passes
  • Gift cards with plastic card printers and software
  • Loyalty cards with plastic card printers and software
  • Lanyards, badge reels and cardholders
  • Name badges
  • ID card printers and consumables (short-term rentals or for purchase)
 

Smartcards and intelligent wristbands

When considering annual pass holder or members only areas, hotel or office access control systems on large sites, we recommend considering smartcards so your guests and staff can gain entry to restricted areas and make purchases using the same card. This is particularly popular in hotels and gyms.

In multi-activity leisure centres, theme parks and holiday resorts carrying a pass is often impractical so we provide customised reusable or single-use wristbands. We incorporate wristband technology such as barcodes which can be enrolled on your access control system.

Whatever your requirements, please contact us to speak to an expert.

 

Education

Student ID and Access Control

Existing access control systems on university and college campuses are still relatively cumbersome. Our consultants provide independent advice on door entry systems and student key cards, fobs and smartcards.

Registering and issuing student cards during enrolment periods currently revolves around ease of use for staff, reliability and efficiency. We can design systems that print data directly from the student MIS (Management Information Systems) to cards.

Campus mobile credentials

Mobile credentials eradicate the need to carry multiple cards by combining the best of mobile app and smartcard functionality. These solutions provided the flexibility and streamlined efficiency needed for multi-site universities and colleges that already use a range of different technologies. Many organisations are considering incorporating mobile credentials into their security suites.

The cutting-edge of student smartcards and access control

ID Card Centre works with manufacturers that develop and deliver new student card technology.

Our card entry system consultants believe a revolution has begun in merging traditional door access control system with smartcards that carry student or staff ID and cashless transaction data. Today there are ways for universities and colleges to avoid the dreaded Freshers’ Week student ID card queues and associated admin burden on staff.

 

Multifunctional smartcards for students

Smartcard technology means that student ID cards can already be multifunctional. Access control, cashless catering, printing, library data and many other ‘on account’ services can be handled by a single card. If it is lost, it can be immediately deactivated online. With self-service student ID card printing booths, producing a replacement becomes easy.

Self-service student card printing booths

24/7 self-service student card printing kiosks transform the efficiency of student enrolment. It introduces a largely unmanned student ID card production and distribution process, which takes pressure off staff and reduces human error.

A desktop USB enrolment reader enables staff to manually add and remove permissions on student cards and fobs within seconds.

 

ID photos

Manually capturing ID photographs of students for card printing is becoming obsolete. Today there are access control solutions that take photos of students, collect their personal data and print student cards within a few seconds.

Student ID and cashless transaction data management

Where self-service student smartcard printing booths can be networked together, data could be centrally managed, making GDPR compliance easier. This would bring significant ongoing cost savings.

Helping you reconsider access control efficiencies

In the past, student cards were used for building access control. Technology has moved on so much within the past five years that looking for a like-for-like replacement is unlikely to be cost-effective. To find out about your options, please contact us and ask to speak to one of our student enrolment and access control specialists.

 

Paxton COVID Security

The Paxton Net2 access control product suite is designed to interface with your existing technology, enhancing it to prevent infection spreading. Its modular nature enables you to apply as much or as little checkpoint control as you need to your existing access control system.

Paxton Net2 access control enables you to manage these key areas to support social distancing in your building and prevent asymptomatic infection. Facilities management staff don’t have to be on-site as the controls are easily managed from a computer, tablet or smartphone.

The software is highly intuitive and generally only requires two hours of training before you can use it, although we provide unlimited support to new users.

 

Separating groups of people

During a pandemic or local outbreaks of Covid-19, Paxton Net2 access control prevents infection from spreading by protecting bubbles of people. You can quickly and easily secure a workplace for a specific group by restricting access permission to areas for people outside the relevant working bubbles. This is also an efficient way of managing cleaning between workgroups and shifts.

Access through checkpoint doors can be managed manually by an authorised person, or automatically.

Click below to find out more about futureproofing the COVID security of your workplace.

 
 

One-stop shop

We stock all the accessories and consumables you’ll ever need. These are shipped from our UK warehouse free of charge for web orders that exceed £150. We offer same-day shipping for stocked products, which include:

  • Wristbands
  • Fobs
  • ID cards and passes
  • Gift cards with plastic card printers and software
  • Lanyards, badge reels and cardholders
  • Name badges
  • ID card printers and consumables (short-term rentals or for purchase)

We also offer a secure recycling service for plastic cards, lanyards and card printer ribbons. Customers who use our recycling services earn discounts on future purchases.

 

Partnering With Us

In the UK there is a very small pool of people with our specialist knowledge – and we already work with many of them. We’re looking to partner with organisations working in the specialisms listed below:

  • Facilities maintenance
  • Systems integration
  • Security
  • IT managed services

Our independent expertise covers many brands and ranges; we have first-hand knowledge of legacy systems through to cutting-edge technology.

Although we advise on access control technology selection and system design, we don’t carry out large installations ourselves. We also bring in-depth knowledge and first-hand experience of card encryption, along with an in-house production facility.

If you would like to discuss a mutually beneficial partnership, please contact us.

 

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