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Tailgating/Access Card Usage

Tailgating is one of the most common physical security breaches. It starts out innocently – an employee opens a door and holds it open for other employees, visitors without badges, or the passive acceptance of a uniformed worker. The problem with these lax situations is that they open your facility to undocumented and unauthorized entry by individuals who could intend harm to your property and occupants.

Anti-tailgating strategies ensure only the people meant to be in your building are allowed access – approved users go in, unauthorized people are blocked.

  • Smart cards house multiple credentials on one card.
  • Security guards can visually confirm a badge matches the holder.
  • Turnstiles serve as a physical barrier and are good for high-volume traffic.
  • Laser sensors can detect multiple people.
  • Biometrics deters employees from sharing credentials.
  • Long-range readers can be used in parking lots and garages.
  • PIN numbers can be added to card readers.
  • Camera analytics enable remote facial recognition.
  • Visitor badges ensure temporary guests are documented.
  • Man traps or air locks require a double set of identification.