As experts in the field of access control, we take pride in offering a comprehensive range of high-quality solutions to meet your specific needs. Whether you require 125kHz proximity cards for reliable and efficient access control, 13.56MHz contactless access control cards for advanced security features, long-range UHF transmitters for convenient access management, or even mobile access solutions for ultimate flexibility, we have you covered.
What sets us apart is our commitment to providing tailored ID card solutions – all of our identity cards are encoded in-house, to ensure compatibility and seamless integration with your existing systems. Trust us to provide you with the right access control cards that deliver top-notch performance and enhance the security of your premises.
Proximity cards, also referred to as prox cards or key cards, are RFID ID cards designed to transmit data to a compatible reader using radio waves. Widely used in access control systems, these cards play a crucial role in granting or denying access to specific areas.
Prox cards work by emitting a unique ID number that is captured by an RFID reader. Subsequently, the reader compares this ID number with an authorised user database. If there is a match, the reader grants access to the user.
Operating at a frequency of 125 kHz, proximity cards are categorised as low frequency cards, which is a technology that is used by Authenticard, HID Prox, and HID Indala format access control cards and fobs. 125 kHz cards and fobs offer a relatively limited read range, typically within a few inches of the reader. However, this trade-off is compensated by their exceptional speed and reliability, making them particularly well-suited for applications requiring swift access.
We stock a wide range of low-frequency ID cards and fobs, that we can encode and customise in-house.
Smart Access Control Cards
13.56 MHz contactless smart cards are a type of RFID card that operates at a higher frequency than traditional proximity cards. This higher frequency allows them to have a longer read range and to be used for a wider range of applications, which is why the technology has been adopted by a wide range of leading access control card technologies, for example MIFARE, DESFire, iCLASS, and Legic Prime.
Smart card technology requires high-frequency operation for greater security and multiple applications on one credential. This is because high frequencies can carry more data, which in-turn allows for more sophisticated security features and more complex applications, making these forms of access control cards highly popular.
13.56MHz smart cards are a versatile and secure way to implement smart technology. They are easy to use and can be read from a distance, making them ideal for a wide range of applications.
If you are looking for a smart card solution that offers greater security and flexibility, then 13.56 MHz contactless cards are a good option.
Long Range – UHF Transmitters
UHF (Ultra High Frequency) transmitters are RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) devices used in access control systems. Operating at frequencies of 868 MHz or 915 MHz, UHF transmitters emit radio waves that establish communication with UHF readers, by communicating unique identification numbers. When a UHF transmitter comes within range of a UHF reader, it transmits its ID number which verifies the identity and grants authorisation to access a specific area.
UHF transmitters are favoured in access control systems due to their numerous advantages over other RFID devices. Firstly, they possess an extensive read range, enabling tag reading from a distance. This feature proves beneficial in scenarios where users require convenient access without physically presenting their tags to a reader. Secondly, UHF transmitters are relatively cost-effective, making them a cost-effective choice for many businesses.
The benefits of using UHF transmitters in access control systems are their long read range, making them ideal for car park barriers, exterior gates, and garage doors. They also come with various security features such as encryption and authentication, to safeguard data and enhance system security.
UHF transmitters offer a versatile and secure approach to implementing access control systems. Their extended read range, affordability, and adaptability to diverse environments make them a preferred choice. By incorporating UHF transmitters, businesses can establish efficient access control solutions with ease of use and enhanced security.
Mobile access revolutionises the way we interact with access control systems by leveraging the power of mobile phones as virtual RFID ID cards or fobs. In fact, most of the leading brands have embraced this method, enabling the transmission of access credentials to readers through mobile devices (phones and tablets). Bluetooth and NFC (Near Field Communication) are commonly employed wireless technologies in mobile access control systems.
Bluetooth, a short-range wireless technology, allows users to authenticate themselves and gain access to restricted areas. Typically paired with smartphones and tablets, Bluetooth credentials enhance access control capabilities. On the other hand, NFC, another short-range wireless technology, facilitates access control by using NFC-enabled devices like smartphones.
The utilisation of mobile access control credentials offers several advantages, including convenience, security, and flexibility, as users can utilise their existing mobile devices for access purposes.
Overall, mobile access control credentials deliver a multitude of benefits for businesses and organisations. Their convenience, heightened security, and versatility make them a compelling choice for diverse applications. Embracing mobile access empowers organisations to streamline access control operations while ensuring convenience and robust security measures.