Identification in Access Control

Identification Photo

Identification of a prospective user of a door is one of the most important tasks of an access control system.

  • Keypads will allow the entry of “secret knowledge”. This can be a unique code per user; “Personal Identity Number” (“PIN”) or a common code used by groups or all users, which is known as an “Access Code”.
  • Readers extract an Identification Number from a Card or Fob carried by the users.
  • Biometric Readers compare a physical feature of the person themselves with a template. If the comparison is successful, an ID number associated with that person is sent to the access control system.

For higher security these can be used in combination to provide “Two Factor” or even “Three Factor” authentication.  This is a combination of card/fob, PIN/code and biometric measures.


“Radio Frequency Identification” (RFID) comes in many shapes and sizes. All of these can be interfaced with the Progeny controllers.


Still a popular and affordable way of establishing identity via a card with magnetic strip.  These readers extract the magnetically encoded numbers from the magnetic strip on the back of a card.


Keypads can be used alone for access code or PIN based entry or with a reader to provide higher security 2 factor identification.  Progeny also offer a combined keypad and reader for added security in one product.


The Progeny system works with many biometric readers, giving a wide choice of technology.  Options include “Fingerprint”, “Iris Pattern” and “Face Recognition”