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Opening the gate with your phone: Which solution suits your organisation the best?

Saturday, April 20, 2024

The gate is both the first physical layer of protection and access to your organisation. It is therefore vital that you determine who gets access. But also, that people who have access rights can be admitted as quickly and easily as possible. Without it taking much effort or time. Because when it comes to access, as an organisation you want to make things as easy as possible for your employees and customers. Without having to compromise on security.

Nowadays, there are a number of solutions for opening your gate with a smartphone. Solutions that ensure your organisation is secure, easy to enter by employees and at the same time feels welcoming to visitors. In this blog, we will share these solutions with you, explaining both the pros and cons of each solution. Let's dive in!

1.   Access control with Bluetooth technology

Bluetooth technology is a wireless communication technology used to exchange data between devices over short distances. By equipping your gate with a Bluetooth-controlled access control system, users with access rights get automatic or command-based access the moment they are close to the gate. Users then only need to download an app, which is connected to the system via Bluetooth.

Advantages: Bluetooth-based systems are relatively cheap and work at longer distances than, say, NFC.

Disadvantages: Bluetooth can be sensitive to interference and disturbance, making it not the most stable solution. In addition, Bluetooth must be enabled on the smartphone to work.

2.   Access control with QR code or biometrics

Scanning QR codes or biometric data, such as your fingerprint, are common access control tools nowadays. A gate can also be opened via a QR code or biometric data. Although access via a QR code is an effective way to grant one-time visitors access, it is more time-consuming than remote-controlled solutions such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. This is because both employees and one-time visitors have to open their car window or even get out to be granted access. As such, it is not the most ideal form for every visitor. 

Advantages: Access based on biometrics and QR codes provides a high level of security.

Disadvantages: It cannot be operated at long or medium distances and therefore offers little convenience for employees.

3.   Access control with RFID (radio frequency identification)

When implementing RFID, a visitor with access rights can scan his phone at the gate, after which the gate opens. When it comes to a smartphone, however, it is only possible to use passive RFID. And this only applies to smartphones that support NFC (Near-Field Communication). This means that every visitor has to open their car window or even get out to open the gate.

Advantages: RFID is less sensitive to interference than Bluetooth and draws the required energy from the RFID scanner. It thus consumes less smartphone energy.

Disadvantages: Because it is not yet possible to use active RFID on a smartphone, opening the gate from the car is not yet possible.

4.   Access control with Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi technology offers a longer range than Bluetooth and is available as standard on every smartphone. By connecting to a Wi-Fi network linked to the access control system, visitors can remotely unlock the gate via an app. However, this requires a visitor to be connected to the Wi-Fi network. Once this is the case, the smartphone automatically connects to the network as soon as it comes back within range.

Advantages: Wi-Fi offers a much longer range than Bluetooth, but is dependent on the range of the Wi-Fi network. It offers a reliable connection where high data rates are possible.

Disadvantages: Wi-Fi consumes a relatively large amount of energy, which does not benefit your smartphone battery. In addition, there are potential security risks if the Wi-Fi network is not properly secured, so it is vital to ensure this.

Smart access to your gate, fully integrated with EasySecure's online management centre

The gate is your organisation's first physical layer of security. But this is not the only one. Most organisations have dozens or even hundreds of different doors. Doors that are not accessible to every employee or visitor. Whereas physical locking systems based on key plans are secure, it is a huge hassle to manage. Especially if your organisation also receives one-time visitors.

EasySecure greatly facilitates your access control. By integrating all access options, including the gate, into one online management centre, you get full control over your security. It lets you remotely issue and revoke access rights without having to be physically present. When it comes to a one-time visitor, EasySecure allows you to remotely grant access to your gate and entrance, without your visitor having to report to the intercom.

In addition, both visitors and employees can use the EasySecure app. Whatever technology you choose, the EasySecure app is the key to enter the gate. All you need for this is a smartphone. Access has never been easier.

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