Security Management with Proximity Cards

For our customers, managing security by simply putting turnkey locks at every door and plugging in a few security cameras simply is not good enough. They need more advanced security capabilities than this. One such technology is proximity card technology, which significantly enhances the ability to secure a room, building or entire compound.

Here are the reasons why we always recommend that our customers who are seeking to maximize their security capabilities use proximity cards:

What is a proximity card?

A proximity card has an embedded metal coil antenna that constantly emits a low frequency signal (usually 125 kHz credentials). They are used by holding or swiping them near an electronic reader that reads all of the embedded information. Proximity cards are most commonly used to open secured doors and/or display the intended cardholder’s information to security personnel.

What are the benefits of proximity cards over the alternative?

Although proximity card technology is great, there are several other ID card technologies that can help an organization to secure their doors. Our customers often wonder why they should choose proximity cards over the alternative.

They can be scanned at range

One of the biggest problems with securing a facility is the hindrance that comes with it. Additional security can often add enough extra steps to an employee’s daily routine to reduce their overall productivity. As such, security solutions that stay out of the way are very sought after by our clients. When it comes to this, a proximity card is one of the best possible security solutions, because it can be scanned by an effortless pass. This significantly reduces the number of steps and wait times normally involved with accessing secured areas. In fact, as an employee becomes more comfortable using a proximity card, it will become an effortless gesture that doesn’t even get noticed.

They can be integrated with other ID card technologies

Proximity card technology has the rare ability to integrate itself with other security ID card technologies, such as smart cards. This significantly enhances our customers’ ability to develop a security ID card system that is sufficiently versatile, secure and customized to need an organization’s unique needs.

Proximity cards are extremely difficult to duplicate

A proximity card can only be made by a unique machine specifically designed to create it, making it very hard to counterfeit.

Proximity card technology isn’t obvious

A huge part of complete and effective security is discretion. If an intruder knows what security technologies are being used, then they already have an advantage that they shouldn’t. Proximity card technology can be invisibly embedded into an ID card, so thieves cannot identify the security technology being used with only a sly glance.

Do any of the capabilities of proximity card technology compromise ID card security?

No. Although a proximity card is constantly emitting a low-frequency signal, it is actually one of the most secure forms of ID card technology. As we mentioned earlier, proximity cards can be encrypted so that even an advanced computer hacker would be hard pressed to copy the signal, let alone decode it. To put this into perspective, a magnetic stripe card, which emits no signal, is easier to copy than a proximity card.

The combination of efficiency and security provided by proximity cards make them excellent choices for our customers

Every member of our team at Avon Security Products takes our customers’ security seriously. To that end, we always recommend exploring the possibility of proximity cards to secure their facilities. For help implementing the best ID card system to secure your company’s facilities, feel free to contact us.

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