Maglocks Vs Electric Strikes: A Matter of Public Safety All modern access control systems rely on doors being locked and unlocked electronically. The two most common devices used to do this are magnetic locks (Maglocks) and electric strikes. Unfortunately, these two methods are often confused or incorrectly believed to be interchangeable. In Toronto, it's not uncommon for companies to mistakenly recommend maglocks based on a lack of information. In reality, maglocks should only be used in rare cases for very specific applications. This is not just based on our opinion; it's also a matter of public safety, and the law! We've put together this brief guide on the differences between electric strikes and maglocks to help prevent you from unintentionally creating a life-risking safety hazard, and from being
Card Access Control 101 Card Access Systems are the simplest and most effective way to secure entrances to rooms and buildings. In this article we will cover all the basics of card access systems including: What they are & why they are necessary over more traditional methods of securing doors How a card access system works, including different components and how they interact as a complete system It is important to note that card access encompasses a variety of related technologies including: key cards, proximity cards, swipe cards, badges and even fobs. At Square, we offer all of these choices based on what best fits your individual needs. For now though, all of these technologies are similar enough to fall under the larger umbrella term of card access.
Elevator Access Control: Everything You Need To Know For high-rise buildings, such as condos and office towers, elevators are the primary pathway used to travel throughout the building. This makes them extremely important in preventing unwanted guests from accessing sensitive areas. A well-secured elevator will prevent undesired travel across floors of the building. Connecting a fob access system to your elevators is the most effective and secure way to control the movement of unwanted guests in your building. This allows you to control who has access to which (if any) floors, in a similar way that you would control a door. Despite this, elevator security is often a complicated topic for building owners and managers as it requires involvement from two trades: your elevator service company and a
Surveillance Storage 101: How To Make Sure The Footage You Need Is Always There As a small to medium business, your camera's live feed is likely not monitored 24/7. In fact, most commercial camera systems are checked only once stored footage needs to be retrieved. The last thing you want or need is to review important footage only to find that it was not recorded properly. Despite this, it is amazing how many commercial security systems are not optimized for proper storage and retention. At least once a week, we get a call from a small-medium business who says they have a relatively new camera system (installed by a different company) that suddenly stopped recording. Often, this is followed by "we can't get a hold of the original
What To Consider When Comparing Security Quotes: Comparing security quotes between two different companies can often be misleading and confusing. Make sure you fully understand what is in (and not in) both quotes before comparing. For your convenience, we’ve created seven essential questions to keep in mind when evaluating security quotes. Remember, If you are not sure what's included, always ask the company for clarification in writing. 1. Do The Specifications Tell The Whole Story? Specifications, while important, cannot capture all relevant information. Just because a security camera is 4K resolution does not necessarily mean it is the best camera for the job. There are always other factors at play, many of which are not so easily captured on paper. For example: How well will the
Unauthorized Key Fob Duplication Is Reaching A Crisis Point In Toronto: Here’s How To Stay Safe & Secure
Do You Have Control Over Access To Your Condo Building? If you're using regular access fobs, you likely don't, security experts warn. That's because malicious parties may be perfecting the process of duplicating security key fobs - for a price. CBC Toronto has covered the rise of this threat recently, as stores offering cheap fob duplication with little to no verification have popped up on major corners throughout the city. According to the article: "CBC Toronto producers Mike Smee and Nicole Brockbank were both able to get duplicates of fobs they borrowed from legal condo owners without providing any identification or proof they were the actual owners or residents." While this service is not illegal, it is clear that if the ability to duplicate key fobs and other
Access Credentials: Options and Trends Access control credentials are the item or input that a person must provide to gain access to a specific area (door, elevator, building, etc.). There are a wide variety of credentials and methods that can be used. This article will briefly summarize the main options while also laying out the potential pros, cons, and best uses for each case. For clarity, we will split these methods into four umbrella groups. 1. Something You Have: These are physical objects that you carry and present to the reader to open the doors. As the most common form of access control credentials, there are many options, including: Fobs and Cards: These are by far the two most common methods of access control. They contain individual chips