Child care centers need access control for controlling
both children and parents to ensure child safety at each
child or day care center. Having a secure child care
facility is an important factor in a parents search for a
child care center for their children.
Access Control Considerations
In your search for the best access control system for
your child or day care center, there are a number of factors
that you must take into consideration before making a choice
of which access control system will be the best for your
child care center.
The proper access control for a child care center will
ensure that only authorized individuals may have both the
door and child released for entry and exit.
Five Access Control Questions:
- Do you simply want to enable any authorized person
entry to a common area using a single common code for all,
or do you wish to have individual codes for each and every
- If different codes are desired for everyone, how many
codes will you need?
- Is the access control keypad going to be located outdoors
or indoors where weather, vandalism, and lighting are not a
- Is it necessary to have the access control keypad
connected to a computer, or can it be a "free-standing" unit
called a "Stand-Alone" device that is used to release a
- Is security a primary concern for an outside perimeter
entry door, or is it an interior door that you want
controlled to restrict entry into the classroom?
Stand Alone or P.C. Connected Access Control
A door release can be controlled from either a
keypad that is or is not connected to a computer for
automatic time and attendance tracking, if desired, for
parents, children, and staff with appropriate add-on
TYPES OF STAND ALONE KEYPADS:
- Membrane Keypad
- Mechanical Push Button Keypad
- Piezo Keypads
A. MEMBRANE KEYPAD
Membrane keypads usually are less expensive units that have
both the electronics and keypad located in one housing for
ease of installation.
The initial lower cost is offset by being more
prone to vandalism by the use of a hot
cigarette to destroy the membrane keypad. It is
usually restricted to its use on the inside entry
doors rather than outside perimeter doors.
B. MECHANICAL KEYPAD
Mechanical keypads are designed for higher traffic
applications and are not prone to damage by longer
fingernails, as those of the membrane keypad. They
eliminate cigarette burning damage. Many of the
mechanical keypads utilize cast aluminum housings
to avoid ugly rust stains that appear on the membrane
metal housings, and many also are lighted for
after dark use as well.
C. PIEZO KEYPAD DESIGN
Access control door systems that separate the
outside mounted keypad from the inside mounted
electronics provide a far more secured entry that is
less prone to vandalism and far less costly when it is
Unlike both Membrane and Mechanical keypads, Piezo
keypads have NO moving parts to wear out! They
have extended warranties with stainless steel
bodies and have been proven in tens of thousands of cars
and high security applications around the world.
Since there are no moving parts, the keypads
are virtually indestructible and are never
hampered by bad weather. They can easily be used
outdoors for a totally secured perimeter door entry
system without weather concerns.
The cost of access control systems will depend on the
number of user codes, stand alone or PC connected, and
indoor or outdoor usage and the security desired.
Membrane or Mechanical Keypad access control systems
start at $350. Piezo keypad systems start at $400.
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