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New and exciting technology has been developed for the access control market! By Dave O’Toole, Expert Security Touchfield identification (TFID) allows a

The Tap-Thru technology can be used

their pocket or around the body to gain

interface fitted and connected to

person with an authorised card or fob in access by simply tapping the door or

reader to gain access! There is no need to physically present a token to a reader. TFID is secure and convenient access

control. Cards and fobs are programmed for authorised access and are highly encrypted and cannot be cloned. By

merely tapping the reader, you transmit the signals between the token in your

pocket or wallet over your body and you

are granted access if authorised to do so. The TFID reader is a standard interface that replaces a usual RFID reader and

utilises the existing locking hardware

on a door or gate. TFID although secure

offers convenience to people who find it difficult to physically locate their token

and present it to a reader. These people

can include the elderly, disabled, visually

impaired, those in the workplace with full hands or even for those who just like to be funky.

with a typical access control reader

electronic locking devices such as an

electro magnet or lock for door access.

There is also the option of a standalone

wireless unit fitted to a door frame. The

locking unit is similar to an electric lock release with a built in reader to grant

access by simply pushing on the door.

The identification passes between the

fob in your pocket and the door which

releases the solenoid in the lock. Tap-Thru locks are battery operated and have anti

tamper facilities. The locks offer low cost secure access control to single doors in offices and apartments. The locks are

highly resistant to force. Another special feature is that a preprogrammed code

can be tapped on the door for emergency access in the event of a card or fob not

Many lock manufacturers are now introducing RFID standalone lock

cylinders and handles to the market to

provide low cost access control without hard wiring. By presenting your fob to

the handle or cylinder, you can access by turning a knob or pressing the handle

down to enter. With Tap-Thru locking you have the added major features: • Secure encrypted TFID

being available. This is useful for a one

• No need to physically present token to reader

checking on elderly parents.

• Elderly & disabled friendly

time code or remote entry or maybe

One fob can operate many different

• One card – many applications

readers and locks. A typical example

• Software programming for large installations

resident have individual access with a

• Easy installation and single door programming

operate readers on common doors such

• Cost effective wireless access control

being a retirement home where each

lock to their own room and their fob will as the main door, recreation area or the gate to the gardens. A single fob in the

workplace can open doors, deactivate the

alarm, operate the elevator, switch on the

• Added strength against forced entry • Additional deadlocking in the event of attempted forced entry

computer or access an IT cabinet. Fobs

• Anti-tamper facilities with alarm activation

or deny access at any time or location

• Emergency or remote entry tap code

can be individually programmed to grant with a programming unit and software. Fobs can be programmed individually at the reader or door unit for low use. Transmitter buttons on the fobs are optional for remote opening.

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