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Open Up: Should You Use Access Cards, Key Fobs or Access Wristbands?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 14, 2017 11:30:00 AM

In today's office buildings, factories and schools, physical keys are becoming a thing of the past.

Sure, keys still exist and will always be used in certain places. Some organizations are a little resistant to change, while others may lack the necessary room in the budget to overhaul an access control system.

However, access credentials are becoming more and more common, as swipe/scan cards, wristbands and fobs are replacing physical keys in more and more locations.

The reasons behind these changes vary from place to place, but most organizations switch to access credentials because they're easier to manage and offer increased control over security at a site.

When it comes to choosing a modern access credential solution, you have three real options: access cards, access wristbands and access key fobs.

All three options perform similar tasks, namely interacting with card readers to unlock doors. Both allow an organization to introduce a more modern security solution to a site at a reasonable cost.

There are also clear differences between the three solutions that will almost always make one option clearly better than the other two when it comes to meeting a site's specific needs.

How will you open your doors? 

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Topics: proximity cards, smart cards, access control, proximity accessories, UBand, access wristbands, access credentials, card readers

Watch How Easy It Is for Your RFID Card to be Cloned By Hackers [Video]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 7, 2016 3:30:00 PM

It's a video that should give pause to any organization that uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) cards as employee badges.

TechInsider recently posted a video that the company shot with Redteam Security, an online security consulting group, that shows just how easy it is for hackers to not only copy the data on a smart card or a proximity card, but to also copy that data to a new card to create a fully functional clone.

If you're an employee whose company uses smart or prox cards for access, the video is a bit troubling. 

"Huh," you think. "Someone could get into our office like that. That's not good."

For security directors at government organizations, utility companies or organizations dealing in confidential matters, the video is chilling:

"That's how easy it is for someone to get access to our building, our computers and our data."

See the video that will keep security directors up at night

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Topics: tech tips, proximity cards, smart cards, card security, data security, skimming, proximity accessories, RFID cards

Product Spotlight: IDentiPROX™ Key Fobs

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 2, 2016 3:20:00 PM

Product Spotlight is a feature that will run multiple times a week, designed to showcase individual products in our broad offering. We'll highlight key features, discuss how the product is used and more. Interested in seeing a particular product featured here? Let us know!

Product: IDentiPROX Key Fobs
Product Category: Proximity Cards and Accessories
SKU: IDPROXKFOBXXX

Proximity technology remains one of the most popular tech formats for building access control.

With several different formats to choose from and the convenience that comes with just waving a card in front of a reader, it's no surprise that office buildings, schools, government facilities and more have made proximity their technology of choice.

The proximity card, also known as a prox card or a proxy card, has long been the standard when it comes to proximity access.

Normally the size of a credit card (2.13" x 3.38"), proximity cards contain a thin wire and a proximity chip that enables the card to be read and processed by a compatible reader.

Proximity cards provide the added benefit of being able to be used for identification as well as access. For example, our JetProx proximity cards can be customized using a standard inkjet printer, enabling you to use the same card for ID and access.

This is great for organizations that need a card or employee badge that can do both. However, some organizations would rather keep their ID and access control programs separate, while some may avoid issuing ID cards entirely and just need an access solution.

What are those organizations supposed to do, just buy a card and leave it blank?

Nope. They can use the IDentiPROX Key Fob, our latest proximity accessory.

Why is the IDentiPROX Key Fob a good alternative to the prox card?

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Topics: access control, product spotlight, IDentiPROX, proximity accessories, card access, key fobs

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