How Key Card Locks Work in Commercial Security

Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2024 | 459 views

Key card number padKey card locks have become a staple in modern commercial door access control system, providing a blend of convenience and advanced protection for businesses like hotels, and even with residential properties.

Unlike traditional door locks that require a physical key, key card locks use an entry-card that has embedded magnetic strips or chips in them that grant access to the user.

In this short article we cover how key card locks work, and outline their operation, benefits, and why they’re a preferred choice for security-conscious businesses.

Understanding the Mechanics

Key card locks operate through a sophisticated system that involves several key components: the key card, the card reader, and the locking mechanism itself.

When a key card is inserted or tapped against a reader, the reader communicates with the lock and verifies if the card has access rights or not.

This process hinges on two main types of technology: the magnetic stripe and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology.

Magnetic Stripe Cards

Magnetic stripe cards are swiped through a reader, which then decodes the information embedded in the magnetic strip. The lock’s system verifies the information against its database and confirm if access should be granted or not.

RFID Cards

RFID cards, on the other hand, use radio waves to communicate with the lock when a card is applied to it. When an RFID card is presented to a reader, it wirelessly transmits a unique code of which the lock then verifies. If there is no verification of the particular card holder; they will not be able to enter.

Key card accessing door entryBenefits of Key Card Lock Systems

  • Enhanced Security: Key cards can be programmed with specific access rights and easily reduce the risk of unauthorized entry.
  • Ease of Use: Simply tapping or swiping a card is quicker and more user-friendly than forcing your users to use traditional keys.
  • Flexibility: Access rights on key cards can be easily updated, making access easy to manage whoever has access to what areas.
  • Trackability: Most systems keep logs of who, when and where cards are used and provide valuable data for access monitoring.
  • Cost-Effective: If needed, lost key cards are easy and cheap to replace, and locks do not need to be changed if a card is lost.

The Installation Process

Installing key card lock systems involves several steps that should be done by a reputable security company that can ensure that the lock is properly integrated into the door and the building’s current security system.

Initially, a professional will assess the door and frame to confirm compatibility and from there the electronic components – including the card reader and locking mechanism – are installed and connected to the property’s power supply and network.

Finally, the system is programmed with initial access rights and tested to ensure everything is working properly. Once the system is in good working order, the business owner is easily trained on how give and take away access to certain doors in the facility.

Programming and Customization

Programming key card locks is a step that allows for the customization of access rights based on time, day, and user. This ensures that individuals only have access when necessary.

Regular Maintenance and Updates

Regular maintenance is easy but essential to ensure the longevity and reliability of the key card locks. Maintenance includes checking the hardware for wear and tear, updating the software to protect against vulnerabilities, and reprogramming access rights as needed.

Choosing the Right Key Card Lock

Selecting the appropriate key card lock system requires consideration of several factors including the type of property, the level of security needed, and budget constraints.

When you consult with your business security firm, they’ll help you decide on a system that meets your specific operational needs and offer the best balance of security, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Enhance Your Security with Key Card Locks

If you’re considering upgrading your business’s entry security and being able to monitor who is coming and going at your business, investing in a robust keycard security system is perfect for protecting property and ensuring peace of mind.

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