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  1. What is access control?
  2. What is a Universal reader?
  3. What do the cards look like?
  4. How do these new readers fit in?
  5. Can I get away without a controller?
  6. I have special needs, can you help me?
  7. What do access control systems look like?
  8. What do access controllers look like

    Each access point (i.e. a door, a parking gate) generally has a human interface device (keypad, card and card reader, biometrics station, etc...). The function of the human interface device is to receive and authenticate access requests (i.e. determine who is requesting access and make sure they are who they claim to be).

    Once the identity has been proclaimed valid by the human interface device, a Wiegand code identifying the requestor is sent to an access controller.

    The controller's function is to authorize or deny access to the requestor (send a signal to lock or unlock the door, open or close the gate, etc...), based on a permission database (i.e. does the requestor have the right to access the area to which access is requested at this day and time). Many such controllers may also be networked together, thereby forming an access control network. Many of these networks may be connected to monitoring and control centrals which oversee the entire security system.

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  9. How can I do more than just access control?
  10. How do proximity smart cards enhance security?
  11. How do proximity smart cards fit in access control?
  12. What role will smart cards play in access control down the road?