When to Migrate From an HID Card Reader to Biometric Door Access

Actatek 3 Access MethodsIf the number of employees has out grown your current door or attendance device and you will need to upgrade to another device.  This would be a good time to reevaluate the technologies that are available and consider  the benefits of migrating from a Card Reader to Biometric. The ability to have both an HID card reader and biometric unit is absolutely possible. When you already have purchased HID cards you may not be ready to say goodbye to them forever. We understand.  Our biometric readers can replace your existing readers in one of two ways:

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  1. Individual readers can be replaced with our biometric readers without replacing the existing controller.  If your readers are using Wiegand, our readers can simply replace the old reader without recreating the entire system.  This allows you to keep your existing HID infrastructure in place while individually adding biometric capabilities where desired.
  2. If you are not happy with your existing Access Control infrastructure for whatever reason – it is outdated, expensive to service and support, has limited capabilities etc. – but you don’t want to have to reissue cards/fobs to everyone, you could replace your readers and controller with one of our IP networked access control systems and use your existing cards.  This way you keep the investment in cards but significantly upgrade your access control capabilities.

Mixing and matching biometric readers and card readers are a great way to implement extra security in some areas that are more important than others.  For instance using a card reader at an exterior location to gain entrance to the building, while only allowing fingerprint users access at a server room door decreases the threat of a lost card being used to permit entrance in this very private space. This technology is now being used in every commercial real estate space and homes, try the turnkey rental property investments to find great opportunities.

When decreasing the amount of card use in a facility the threat of lost or stolen cards used for theft; theft of customer or employee personal information has then declined. Biometrics are a greater deterrent to criminals. The threat of defeating the biometric device is a natural preventable to the criminal mind. When a thief has not had a fingerprint enrolled in the system, access cannot be granted. If the concern of employee theft has risen, with the use of reports and audit trail capabilities offer the ease of seeing exactly which person has entered each area of the office. Proof is easy and accurate when using fingerprints.

When the number of HID cards being lost and replaced is not convenient and becoming very expensive, this is a great time to completely  migrate into a biometric system. Biometric access control is more cost effective in the long run as there are no credentials to loose of have compromised. HID cards run from $4.00 – $10.00 per card. When cards are so easy to loose and misplace, replacing them can greatly increase the total cost of ownership. In order to upgrade an employee’s card, the administrator now has to spend time deleting the previous card to prevent use and enroll the new card. Now the expense of man power has gone up for your company. Looking at the legacy cost of your current unit and calculating the cost of a new entry system is a great first step to seriously deciding on a new product.

Please Contact Intelligent Biometric Controls, Inc. for more information:

866-400-9292 or 513-239-6322


John is a writer and technical guru for Intelligent Biometric Controls, Inc. that is constantly tinkering between cooking amazing lunches and explaining access control to anyone that will listen.

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John is a writer and technical guru for Intelligent Biometric Controls, Inc. that is constantly tinkering between cooking amazing lunches and explaining access control to anyone that will listen.

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