Access control systems provide excellent entrance handling methods for automated buildings. As virtual identifiers they are not only more convenient than traditional keys but heighten the security of the area protected by the system. They can be individually handled and can be assigned to users whose access rights are customizable. All entries to the building are logged for later review which can prove to be an invaluable tool when settling disputes as people’s moves within the building become traceable.
In my thesis I would like to introduce an access control system where user identification is done through a central web-based authentication server. This means that all door control terminals use a common authentication centre which makes it possible for the authentication keys and user-level access rights to be handled in a unified database. The system is based on an IP network which these days is available in most buildings whose operation in ideal cases requires no further cabling. If needed the system presented can be extended with a wireless connection unit.
The management of authentication data and access rights is done through a web interface which serves as storage space for the logging database as well which keeps the system operators up-to-date on the status of the database.
The main priorities when building the system was for it to be cost-effective, easily extendable with further door control terminals and operable by a user-friendly interface.