A few things to know about access keypads
Access keypads are great if used with caution!!
They are widely used in residential homes and complexes for the access of staff and armed response companies however in the majority of the case, NO Trigger Alerts are installed when they are used. Without putting too much thought into it, we entrust the gate code to those who require access but the problem is that these codes are easily and inadvertently passed onto to others by prying eyes or other means and there’s a small chance of it landing in the wrong hands. This is equivalent to giving the key to your property to a total stranger and trusting that nothing happens; the least we should do it to Get Notified When Our Access Keypad Is Being Used. This involves the installation of additional equipment.
There are a few types access keypads on the market, some that include high security and great features and others that don’t. The low security wired type access keypads require 4 wires to be connected between the gate motor and keypad, two for power and two for gate trigger. If you open the keypad which is accessible from outside the gate and hold the two trigger wires together, the gate will open. The high security type keypads are either wireless or include a relay/switch between the gate motor and keypad and only three wires are required at the keypad, two for power and one for data thus removing the ability to connect to 2 trigger wires together. Wireless keypads obviously have no wires between the gate motor and keypad and some wireless keypads can control multiple devises wirelessly such as gate & garage doors, electric locks, lights, pool pumps etc and even arming/disarming alarm systems.
VERY important to note that Gate Access Keypads can be defaulted to factory settings from the keypad and the default master code can be used to gain access. This is a great weakness and your choice of an Access Keypad is of vital importance to your security. It is highly recommended to only use keypads where the factory default setting can be disabled or using wireless keypads where all wireless devises must to be reprogrammed after factory default.
Access keypad security features
It’s important to get a keypad that that can do more than just open a gate when the correct code is entered. If it’s not time for the kids to arrive back from school or it’s the domestic workers day day off and we receive a mobile alert that our access keypad has just been used (or e.g. the gate has been forced open), we can take appropriate action whether it’s logging onto our CCTV system remotely, getting hold of the armed response or a neighbour or whatever measures you have in place to determine the reason.
Important programmable features to look for:
- Anti-Default Feature – Setting this feature prevents the master code and system parameters from being reset by the defaulting features. This is of vital importance to prevent anyone with a little knowledge from defaulting the keypad to factory settings from the street and then using 1234 to gain access into your premises!!
- Anti-Hack – Sets the number of wrong access codes the unit will accept before becoming inactive and the time for which the unit will remain inactive,
- Wipeout Timer – Sets the number of seconds for which keystrokes remain valid,
- Temporary Codes – Have the ability to set codes with limited number of uses before it becomes invalid,
Security Features – Connecting your access keypad to your security company for the following reasons:
- Duress – Adding 1 to the last digit of an access code activates the unit as normal, but also activates the alarm channel. This is used if entering under duress. E.g. Access code is 1234: Entering 1235 gives access, but also activates the alarm channel.
- Alarm – Pressing the and *# keys simultaneously activates the alarm channel.
- Wrong Codes – When the number of wrong codes is exceeded, the alarm channel is activated.