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Security Systems for Apartment Complexes: Access Edition

Apartment complexes need security just as much as single homes, if not more. If you own an apartment complex then you want to make sure your tenants are protected from when they first walk into the building through the front doors up until they get into their rooms. Or, if you're in the process of looking for an apartment to live in, you want to find a place that keeps you safe. That's why keeping up with the latest security technology is a necessity, so you can install equipment that will make everyone feel comfortable, and warn those unwelcomed visitors. For this article, we are discussing the best access security systems for apartment complexes. AKA, safe ways to get into the building.

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Card Readers

If you're looking for an easy and convenient way to access apartment doors, look no further than a card reader system. Card readers can be programmed to give each individual access to certain areas. For example, a tenant can be granted access to both the main entry and their apartment room, but the card wouldn't work for someone else's room. Think of it like when you get a room card while staying at a hotel...just make sure to keep your card somewhere safe, like your wallet!


Smart and Proximity Cards

Technology today is getting smart, so it's no surprise that there's such a thing as a smart card, a plastic badge that incorporates an installed coordinated circuit such as a safe microcontroller or memory chip. Smart cards have the ability to store a lot of information, and can even do encryption and validation. Proximity cards, or prox cards, also known as key cards, are contactless smart cards that can be read without inserting them into a reader device. The proximity cards are part of contactless card technologies, such as a tap credit card. These are great for easy and contactless access to any doors you need to get through. One wave in front of a proximity card reader and you're allowed in.


Key Fobs

Similar to access cards, a key fob reader system is a fast and easy solution to grant landlords and tenants access to secured areas. They are small handheld remote control devices that control a remote keyless entry system such as an apartment door. Furthermore, key fobs contain a short-range radio transmitter/radio frequency identification (RFID) chip and antenna that uses radio frequencies to send a distinct coded signal to a receiver unit in the device. Attach it to your keys for easy access and to have it on you at all times!


Facial Recognition and Fingerprints

Face recognition eliminates any and all handheld security items that allow access to certain spaces. People can easily unlock the door using their faces, it's as simple as that. It's the same thing as unlocking your phone just by showing your face! Once you set it up, all you need to do is position your face in front of the lock, following which the camera scans it to check if it matches correctly with the pre-stored faceprints and then unlocks the door for you. This may be tedious for the front building doors but will make entry to your room extra secure. Similarly, you can unlock doors using your fingerprint. This may be a quicker option that can easily unlock your door safely.


Interested in Learning More?

Contact ATI today for a zero-pressure consultation to discover what solutions may be best to help accomplish your technology needs. We look forward to speaking with you soon.











James Needham

Owner and CEO, ATI




Proudly Protecting and Enhancing Southern California Properties Since 2008.

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