It is often advantageous, when acquiring a data collection system, to incorporate personal electronic ID media for registration purposes. It could, for example, be clock-in and clock-out times and job registration. In connection with access control the use of this type of media is, today, an obvious inclusion with the system.
The varying types of media on the market today all have their advantages and disadvantages and with general development and demand we see new forms of ID media. Below is a description of ID media that can be used with ProMark, today.
ProMark supports identification and verification of employees by the means of biometry. Biometry ensures that the person who registers is who they says it is.
Biometry may be used on PCs, LAN terminals and access control units. Read more about biometric readers.
The administration is very simple, and it is your choice whether finger reading is to stand alone or you wish to link it to the use of a card. No matter which method, biometry offers a high level of security.
Use of fingerprint and card: Employee swipes the reader with the ID card and verifies the data with their fingerprint – and the ID cards cannot be copied.
Barcodes are probably the most common and most known type of media. Barcodes are found everywhere. In the industry, barcodes are used for identification of orders and operations in production. The main reason for the popularity of barcodes is their price. Many software programs can print barcodes without additional cost, but barcodes are also dependent, they do not demand a great print quality and the barcode reader is extremely reliable. Because barcodes can easily be printed and duplicated, they cannot be used for access control.
The magnetic card hardly requires further presentation. Almost everybody in the UK has at least one card with a magnetic strip. The most common are from payment systems like ’VISA’ or ’Mastercard’ and there are credit cards from supermarkets, video stores and department stores etc. The magnetic card combined with a PIN code produces a reasonable amount of security and can be used for access control.
Equipment enabling you to produce your own magnetic cards can be obtained at fair prices. Alternatively, the cards can be bought ready for use. Magnetic cards are a good medium for Time & Attendance and flexitime registration and it is possible to use a single card on several systems, for instance flexitime registration and access control. Magnetic cards are hardly ever used for job registration, since job registration usually entails a large number of new ID’s every day and consequently it would soon become very costly.
Proximity is a touch free medium. The strength of the proximity card in connection with time registration and access control is a high level of security and the fact that there is no mechanical wear of either card nor reader - the reading is carried out “touch free”.
This means that the card does not need to be passed through a card reader, but rather held near the reading unit. Depending on the reader, the cards can be read from a distance of 5 cm to 50 cm. The level of security of the cards is very high, since all cards are unique and cannot be duplicated. The proximity card is typically used for access control and Time & Attendance registration.
The Mifare card is what is colloquially called a multi purpose card. Like the proximity card, it is touch free and shares the same attributes. However, the Mifare card contains up to 16 sectors that can be programmed to support the different systems in the company.
Typically, the Mifare card is used for access control, T&A registration, canteen payments etc. in companies that have chosen Mifare technology as their company strategy.
This is the ID medium for those, who hold security as their highest priority. A Dallas chip is impossible to duplicate or read out. The Dallas chip distinguishes itself from other media by not being a card. Typically, the Dallas chip is in the shape of a key ring. The Dallas chip is only used for access control.
HID card readers are the most sold readers in the world, due to their high quality and the many different models. Depending on requirements for mounting, reading range and technology, HID has solutions ranging from small smart readers to readers for outdoor mounting with long range.
HID card readers all use Wiegand format which entails freedom of choice in relation to type of reader. All card readers can read different card formats - both open standard card formats and the encrypted, more secure card formats. This is flexible technology, comes both as cards and key rings which may be used for several purposes simultaneously.