Access Control Systems

Safety Systems provides Access Control solutions for any type of job.  Regardless of size, Safety Systems can accommodate your project.

Safety Systems has partnered with Vanderbilt Industries to provide a complete line of access control hardware and software products to fit your needs and budget.  Vanderbilt's access control software functionality includes alarm monitoring, credential production, visitor management, elevator control, offline and online lock integration, security touring and portrait monitoring.  Systems are scalable from a few doors to hundreds of doors in multiple buildings.

Vanderbilt also provides a full line of expandable access control hardware to complement the software suites.  Hardware includes reader controllers, reader interfaces, wireless readers, I/O modules, controller communications, power supplies, custom enclosures, readers and credentials.



Access Control Systems Proximity Cards

Proximity cards use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), to read a card or tag without requiring any physical contact between the card and the reading device.  With proximity readers there is no physical wear and tear on the card or the reading device. No inserting of a card into a reader slot or swiping of a card through a reader slot is required. The card is simply held up to a reader, within the reader's detection range.

Benefits of Proximity Access Control

One of the many benefits of proximity access control is that you have no physical contact between the card and the reading device. With proximity access control systems you have very little maintenance costs associated with proximity card systems. Another benefit is the ease of use associated with the card. The card just has to be held near the reader to access an area. In some cases instead of a card a key-fob could be used and just attached to a lanyard or car keys for ease of access. The final benefit is the proximity cards are very difficult to duplicate because of the need for the microchip, knowledge of radio technology, and the software needed to implement the protocol.


Safety Systems offers Biometric Access Control System in addition to card based systems. Biometric security means using part of the human body for identification, such as the retina, fingerprint or voice. Fingerprints are generally considered the most practical biometric identifier in use today. Biometrics use a process called The Authentication Process; first you do a screening of the fingerprint, after a screening you perform a scanning, this captures an image of your fingerprint. After the scanning a feature extraction is performed, this involved extracting features of your fingerprint. The features extracted are only on YOUR fingerprint and only associated with you. After feature extraction you have association, this is your fingerprint is associated with certain access levels or rooms etc. After association comes decision. This refers to the decision to grant or deny access to an area or room. With biometrics you have no cards to issue and very little maintenance costs associated with the system.

Smart Credentials

There are two types of smart cards: contact and contact-less.  Both types have an embedded microprocessor and memory.  The smart card differs from the proximity card in that the microchip in the proximity card has only one function: to provide the reader with the card's identification number.  Smart cards allow the access control system to save user information on a credential carried by the user rather than requiring more memory on each controller.

Features and Benefits

Durable and convenient smart cards can provide rugged credentials in a variety of form factors.  Smart cards also offer many choices in data storage (ie. 2.5k, 10k, 20k bits or 32k bits) to meet the most demanding data storage requirements for multiple applications and complex biometric templates.  Another benefit of the smart card is security; smart cards utilize high security encrypted data which is mutually authenticated in communication between the card and reader, providing an infinite number of unique badge ID codes.  Finally, smart cards require no maintenance; the passive design requires no batteries or maintenance for the life of the card.