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What Is Electronic Access Control?

What Is Electronic Access Control?

We see it everywhere now. From apartment lobbies to offices, electronic access control is an essential way to grant (or deny) access to space quickly and efficiently.

But what is electronic access control? Sometimes referred to as EAC, electronic access controls refer to electric locks, card readers, or access control cards that provide a way to permit and monitor access through doors to tenants, employees, or other designated parties. Working to control access through doors, turnstiles, gates, and other openings, this system helps allow quick access to those that are permitted while simultaneously monitoring comings and goings - an essential device for high-traffic areas.

There are plenty of perks to utilizing electronic access control systems, and with a variety of styles and devices to choose from, there’s a system to suit every location’s needs. Whether you want to approve access, keep people accountable, or better identify those coming in and out, EAC is a wonderful security tool.

Curious what different electronic access control systems have to offer? Our team at Forbel is breaking down all the go-to electronic access control technology to help narrow down your search. Check it out!

1. Key Fob Entry System

Key Fob Entry System

One of the most convenient, easy-to-integrate systems is the key fob system. This system conveniently grants access through a restricted door by simply presenting the key fob to the device near the door’s opening. A key fob system not only grants quick access but is easy to replace in the case it is lost, stolen, or having technical issues - perfect for apartments and offices. This takes the worry out of an unwarranted person gaining access through a stolen key as the lost or stolen key can be decommissioned and a new one issued to the permitted person.

2. IP-Based Access Control Systems

IP-Based Access Control Systems

Next are IP-based access control systems. IP-based access control is a versatile and conveniently scalable system, using electronic access controllers to manage entry and exit by precisely identifying individuals. This high-tech solution doesn’t require a great deal to install but offers a secure monitoring system that can adapt with time and changes for an ever-secure space.

Using internet protocol-based technology, IP-based systems allow for an unlimited number of controllers in the system, relying on the internal web server to monitor, grant, and deny access to any given area.

3. Cloud-Based Access Control Systems

Cloud-Based Access Control Systems

With a cloud-based electronic access control system, data is stored in the cloud instead of on the on-site server. This allows admins to take a look at the system’s data remotely, changing permissions from their own device when connected to the internet. This is ideal for convenient, quick, remote changes to settings and access, even when an admin isn’t on-site. Plus, a cloud-based system can update software remotely, too, making remaining up-to-date simple and convenient.

4. Commercial Key Card Entry Systems

Commercial Key Card Entry Systems

Similar to fob systems, commercial key card entry systems allow for quick access through a door, gate, or other blocked location with a convenient card. With a key card system, a card can be easily tapped against the reader or function like barcode scanner security systems to quickly read the barcode on a key card and grant access. Normally on a door but also utilized in parking garages, the reader will verify information and credentials, send to the data processor, and determine if access is permitted. This smart card security system is a reliable, easy-to-use solution for many locations and one you will see quite often

5. Biometric Access Control System

Biometric Access Control System

In the most basic definition, biometric access control systems grant or deny access based on recorded biological data from permitted humans. For instance, a biometric system can scan a fingerprint to determine if a person is truly permitted to enter a space. This high-tech system can also analyze the iris in a person’s eye, faces, and other attributes to grant or deny access, all without any additional keys, cards, or codes. This ensures that authorized individuals can enter a space, even in the case they forget their identification - making their access convenient and smart.

6. Thumbprint Entry System

Thumbprint Entry System

In the same vein as biometric systems, fingerprint home security system solutions read the fingerprint on a person’s hand to grant access. Since each person has a unique design on their fingers, thumbprint entry systems are an accurate way to ensure access to permitted individuals only. All the system does is analyze the thumbprint of a person who presents their finger to the scanner, cross-checking with the internal data to grant or deny access. It’s quick and easy!

7. Face Access Control System

Face Access Control System

Another biometric-style system, facial recognition security system technology, uses a camera reader to grant entry based on a person’s face. Ditching key cards or fobs, this system simply requires a person to walk up and look at the reader, which then runs its recognition against the data of permitted individuals. Once it identifies a person, the reader sends a signal that unlocks the door or other entryway. Like with other biometric systems, facial recognition is both reliable and convenient, taking any hassle out of the access process.

Why You Should Choose Electronic Access Controls

So, why opt for electronic access control systems over other forms of access control? From convenience to ease of use and optimal security, there are a whole host of reasons to upgrade to an electronic system. Narrowing down the list to a few of our top reasons, here’s why our security experts at Forbel love these access control solutions.

1. You no longer have to worry about lost and stolen keys

With electronic access controls, you can easily decommission a lost or stolen key and equip your authorized personnel with a new one. Or, in the case you opt for a biometric system, keys aren’t required at all! Either way, it’s more convenient than a classic key.

2. Remote control

With electronic controls, unlocking a door, gate, or another entryway can be done remotely, making an admin’s role even easier as they can quickly grant access. Additionally, the system can do so for them - no need to be there in person!

3. Reports and monitoring

One of the greatest perks of electronic controls, unlike an old-fashioned key, is monitoring and reporting. With this technology, the system can keep a record of who comes and goes, when, and other information that can help further improve the security of space.


From easy-to-use key fobs to high-tech facial recognition, the options for electronic access control systems are long, with each offering a different benefit to secure every space. No matter the one you choose, you can trust that your location is secure and only authorized individuals will gain entry - giving you peace of mind with a top-notch system.

Ready to upgrade your access control system? With the latest electronic access control technology, you can have your location perfectly secure for years to come. To find the best system for your space and an expert team to install, contact our security specialists at Forbel.


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Dzmitry Beliayeu
Dzmitry Beliayeu

Dzmitry Beliayeu is a commercial building security expert, technology consultant, and licensed alarm contractor

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