What Are Different Types Of Access Control?

What Are Different Types Of Access Control

There are many different types of access control. Here we will go over an overview of each type of system and what you can expect.

Access Control Systems: An Overview

From keycard entry systems to biometric scanners, there are a variety of access control systems available on the market today. But with so many options, how do you know which one is right for your business? In this blog post, we’ll take a high-level look at some of the most popular types of access control systems to help you make an informed decision.

Keycard Entry Systems

One of the most popular types of access control systems is the keycard entry system. A keycard entry system uses physical cards that contain encoded data that is used to grant or deny access to a particular area. Keycards are typically made from durable materials such as PVC or ABS plastic and can be programmed to work with a variety of door hardware types. Keycard entry systems are relatively affordable and easy to install, making them a popular choice for small businesses.

Biometric Scanners

Another type of access control system that is becoming increasingly popular is the biometric scanner. A biometric scanner uses an individual’s unique physical characteristics—such as their fingerprint, iris scan, or hand geometry—to grant or deny access to a particular area. Biometric scanners are more expensive than keycard entry systems, but they offer a higher level of security since they cannot be duplicated or shared like keycards can.

Proximity Readers

Proximity readers are a type of access control system that uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to grant or deny access to a particular area. RFID tags are small chips that emit a signal that can be detected by a proximity reader. Proximity readers are typically used in conjunction with other access control measures, such as keycards or biometric scanners.

What Is Access Control Exactly?

Access control systems are used to regulate who has access to a given area. These systems can be as simple as a lock on a door or as complex as a biometric scanner. In general, access control systems use some form of identification, such as a keycard or fingerprint, to determine whether or not a person is authorized to enter a certain area.

Access control systems can be used to protect physical assets, such as buildings and equipment, or digital assets, such as computer networks and confidential data. By restricting access to only those who have the proper authorization, access control systems help to ensure the safety and security of people and property.

Different Types Of Access Control Systems Do Different Things!

Access control systems are designed to regulate who has access to a premises or area. There are several different types of access control systems, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Physical access control systems use physical barriers, such as gates or locks, to control access. These systems can be effective in deterring unauthorized access, but they can also be costly and time-consuming to maintain.

Another type of access control system is an electronic access control system. These systems use electronic devices, such as ID cards or key fobs, to grant access. Electronic access control systems are typically more convenient and efficient than physical access control systems, but they can be vulnerable to hacking or other forms of attack.

Choosing An Access Control Installer

It’s important that you choose the right access control installer to setup your system. You can read this article here to learn how you can do that exactly.


There are a variety of different types of access control systems available on the market today. In this blog post, we took a high-level look at some of the most popular options so that you can make an informed decision about which one is right for your business.

If you have any questions about access control systems, or if you’d like to learn more about our products and services, please contact Comtex today. We’ll be happy to help you find the perfect solution for your business needs!


Are CCTV Cameras Expensive To Run?

Are CCTV Cameras Expensive to Run?

CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras are everywhere you look. They make people feel safe and secure whenever they see CCTV cameras in a public space or business. 

So a common question we hear is are CCTV cameras expensive to run? Another common question is regarding CCTV installation and whether or not installing a CCTV system is an expensive process too.

CCTV Cameras Will Save You Money!

The answer is no. They do not add hundreds of dollars to your utility bills. However, they have recurring and repair expenses.

However, the bottom line is that CCTV cameras will save you money overall. This is due to the fact that the cost of not having CCTV cameras can be much greater if you’re running a business.

But first, let’s talk about the overall cost of CCTV cameras and how to select how many you may need. 

The Costs of CCTV Cameras

Purchasing CCTV cameras can be quite expensive depending on how many cameras you need and what kind you select. 

Single CCTV cameras range from $100-$500 while sets of multiple cameras can range from $1,000-$5,000. 

How do you know which one to get? Depends on what you are using them for. 

How to Select CCTV Cameras for Your Needs

You can use CCTV cameras in your business or at home. They are mostly used in business buildings for video surveillance but people use them in their homes for the same purpose.

There are bullet, turret, dome, pan tilt zoom, body temperature, and license plate recognition cameras. Each one serves a purpose and has a different price. 

Bullet, turret, dome, and pan tilt zoom cameras are ideal for inside surveillance. Body temperature cameras are used to read your body temperature accurately. These could be very useful to keep the sick out of your building or home. License plate recognition cameras are most commonly used at interstate tolls and in big cities. 

Depending on how big your business is, you may want to select a package with multiple cameras to cover more video footage of every little corner. This will ensure your building has full coverage and safety for everyone inside. 

In your home, purchasing a single CCTV camera would be ideal for some extra protection. If you want full coverage, then think about buying multiple CCTV cameras. 

The Cost of CCTV Camera Installation

When it comes to CCTV installation, some people rather hire professionals and some rather save money and do it themselves. Professionals install cameras and help you set up the system with your Wi-Fi. The average cost of a professional to install CCTV cameras in your building or home can cost between $80-$200 per camera to set up. 

Now if you are like “No way! I will do it myself!” Then you would obviously save hundreds of dollars. Just make sure to read the instructions carefully.

Utility Costs of Using CCTV cameras 

Now you are probably wondering how much your utilities may go up from having cameras running all the time. Well, it is not expensive at all to run CCTV cameras and they are fairly cost-effective. Most cameras range from 2 to 15 watts and the DVR can range between 10 to 50 watts (that is less than most appliances in your home right now). 

Since they run low on wattage, you should really consider how these cameras would be a great investment to keep you safe. They will not make your electric bill go up much at all. That is crazy, right?

Recurring Costs and Repairs

CCTV cameras come with recurring costs depending on the company and package you select. They require a good Wi-Fi plan that is fast and dependable. If you do not have Wi-Fi or need to upgrade your Wi-Fi package, this is an additional cost you may want to consider when deciding to install CCTV cameras. High-speed Wi-Fi packages can range from $19.99-$150.00 per month. 

Repairs to your CCTV cameras may be needed as they get damaged or age. Some companies have maintenance contracts and warranties that cover regular maintenance of cameras to prevent severe damage. Repairs can be done to cameras from $20-$400 and if they are not repairable, then you may need to replace the whole camera itself. 

Conclusion: Are CCTV Cameras Expensive To Run?

CCTV cameras are a great investment for people to feel safe and secure in their businesses or home. There really is something for everyone. So if you were debating on whether or not to get CCTV cameras due to the price, you should have a good idea of how much they will cost to install, run, repair, and get replaced if needed now.

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Mitel Has Impressive Growth in the Cloud Based Industry!

As compared to the same time frame last year, while Mitel has showed a modest increase in revenue, it did show impressive growth in its mobile and cloud business units. Another achievement for Mitel is that it was positioned as an industry leader for UC in Gartner’s magic quadrant.

Richard McBee, the Chief Executive Officer at Mitel stated that Mitel’s cloud business grew 21% by adding 235,500 new cloud seats in the last quarter. Mitel’s cloud based telephone system, MiCloud, has over 1.6 million users. Good news for a Mitel and Comtex clients!

Call us for a free telecom analysis and a demo of the Mitel system. 201-935-2000 or visit our website at

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Comtex Surveillance System Saves Client $$ and Aggravation!

One of our existing clients, who chooses to remain anonymous but allowed us to post this story, invested in a surveillance system purchased and installed by Comtex. An employee, who was being disciplined with the intent of termination, had claimed to have been injured at a specific location and time. Our client reviewed the video footage and found no evidence that this “injury” occurred. Our client showed it to the insurance company and they denied the claim. Our client told us that footage “saved them from losing thousands of dollars.”

This same client, in the following month, had an employee who was moving some welding gas tanks in an unsafe way. The client had reviewed the footage and after confronting the employee with the evidence of his unsafe actions, he accepted termination without complaint.

Our client wrote us and stated:
“It turns out that the decision to purchase the system, made for completely different reasons, has benefited us in unexpected ways. Often I find that decisions I struggle with considering what I think are the important factors turn out better or worse because of things I didn’t anticipate.”

If you have an interest in a video surveillance system, please visit our website at or callus at 201-935-2000

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Hyatt Hotels Prefer Mitel Telephone Systems

Did you know that 70% of Hyatt hotels in North America are using Mitel solutions; 155,500+ rooms. 97,000+ associates. 565+ Hotels and resorts. 50 countries. One communication standard—Mitel.

Mitel’s reputation as a leading provider of hospitality communication solutions has been achieved through a long-term commitment to improve guest experience and increase operational efficiency. Our customers enjoy flexible, scalable and secure communications designed to meet the needs of small and economy hotels through to some of the world’s most famous luxury hotels.

If you have an interest in Mitel’s hospitality solution, please call us at 201-935-2000 or visit our website at

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Comtex Installed CCTV System Catches Thief!

Comtex client, Just Cats Veterinary Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut stated in an email “Money well spent” after the prime suspect in a string of burglaries was identified from surveillance video captured and recorded on a CCTV system purchased and installed by Comtex.

Just Cats was the victim of an attempted burglary. An named individual became the prime suspect when he appeared to be in a surveillance video that showed him pulling a crowbar out of a backpack and trying to force his way into the popular cat veterinarian’s practice. Police were able to identify the suspect; arrest and convict him. He will be serving time in jail.

If you are interested in a CCTV system, please go to our website or call us 201-935-2000

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Using Cameras to Stop Drivers from Illegally Passing Stopped School Buses

Iowa is looking to purchase CCTV cameras to help enforce an Iowa law that increased penalties for drivers who illegally drive past a school bus if it is stopped on a road.

The law, typically referred to as Kadyn’s Law, suspends a driver’s privileges for 30 days for a first conviction, increasing it to 90 days for a second conviction and 180 days for a third conviction. The law was promulgated in response to the 2011 death of 7-year-old Kadyn Halverson, who was hit by a car when she was crossing the road to board a school bus.

Randy Meyer, who oversees transportation  at Mason City and Clear Lake schools, believes an exterior camera on school buses are needed to assist in identifying more violators. Without the camera, it is hard to identify a car when the violation occurs because they drive by so fast. Only about 10% of drivers who pass the buses illegally get reported to the police.If a license plate can be captured on video, a potential violator may think twice and stop.


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Mitel Awarded Top Honor With Five-Star Rating in CRN Magazine’s Partner Program Guide

Driven by Operational Excellence, Award Underscores Mitel’s Channel Success and Close Partner Network

OTTAWA , April 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CRN Magazine has given Mitel (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW) its five-star rating — the publication’s highest honor – in the latest Partner Program Guide. The award validates Mitel’s focus on operational excellence and close collaboration with its partner network for the North American partner program.

“Finally a partner program that makes sense, is fair to all partners and provides incentives for us to improve our organization. We especially like how Mitel’s partner program is aligned with our core business values. Through an easily accessible dashboard, Mitel provides key metrics that help us with customer service initiatives, help desk and installation efficiencies as well as ongoing knowledge base growth. Better yet, it also rewards us for our efforts to improve in all these areas,” said David Finch , president and CEO of ATCOM Business Technology Solutions.

The new program was developed through extensive one-on-one interviews with more than 50 partners to understand priorities, requirements and incentives first hand. That outcome led to a program that rewards Mitel partners based on purchase volume, certification credentials and specializations (Contact Center, Cloud and Hospitality). To measure performance, the Mitel program introduced the Partner Performance Index (PPI), a unique success metric that evaluates a partner’s operational and installation experience.

“While partner satisfaction is very important, we wanted to implement a program that would ultimately drive partner growth – operationally and in new practice areas. The program’s merit-based incentives allow Mitel to prescriptively help each partner improve their efficiencies and grow their business within select areas. In the end, this increases partner and end customer satisfaction,” said Sandy Janes , director channel strategy and partner program, Mitel .

“Our partners have embraced our program and feedback shows they are pleased with our direction. We are having more meaningful conversations with partners and work closer than ever to help them sell more Mitel solutions and grow their business,” said Sandra Hill , vice president, distribution and sales strategies for Mitel .

CRN’s Partner Program Guide attracts various solution providers looking for a resource to discover, research and evaluate vendor partner programs. The ratings weigh and compare benefits and incentives for organizations to decide how to make their vendor selections. CRN sees partner programs as an integral part of the overall value a solution provider will look for in a vendor.

The 5-Star rating is bestowed on programs whose overall rating is among the elite segmented by company size – Enterprise, Midsize, Small and Emerging companies.

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Mitel Confirmed as Global Market Share Leader for Business Cloud Communications

New Report From Synergy Research Group Shows Mitel With Nearly Twice as Many Cloud Communications Subscribers and Seats as Nearest Competitor

OTTAWA , Feb. 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW) continues to extend its lead in cloud communications worldwide with confirmation that it is now the global market share leader, according to a new report from Synergy Research Group . As of Q3 2014, Mitel powers nearly 20 percent of all cloud communications based on subscriptions and seats with more than 850,000 cloud seats globally.

Mitel also announced today the release of Mitel’s next-generation MiCloud solution giving service providers speed-to-market advantages and the ability to lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for their customers.

” Mitel has been powering cloud communications since the introduction of our first hybrid system in 2008. Since then, we have expanded our cloud offering to ensure we offer customers the best path to the cloud. This is fueling our growth and propelling Mitel to widen our lead in the industry. We continue to see strong demand for our MiCloud solutions both from direct subscribers and through our global network of partners,” said Jon Brinton , EVP and GM of Mitel Cloud Services.

Mitel’s global cloud communications lead is based on Synergy Research Group’s Cloud Business Communications Market Share Report, Worldwide Q3 2014. In addition to increasing its lead to nearly 20% of the global cloud communications market based on subscriptions and seats, Mitel has nearly 32 percent of the enterprise cloud communications market worldwide, the report shows.

“Based on worldwide subscribers and seats, Mitel is the fastest growing provider of cloud communications, trending upward and outpacing its competition,” said Jeremy Duke , Founder and Chief Analyst, Synergy Research Group . “This is a great time to have such momentum as our research shows significant industry adoption of cloud communications, with subscribers and seats more than doubling from Q3 2013 to Q3 2014.”

Mitel’s broad portfolio of cloud communications helps customers migrate to private, public or hybrid cloud solutions, based on their needs. The company provides cloud communications services on a subscription basis with options for small to mid-sized companies and for larger enterprise businesses. Mitel also provides a full range of cloud communications solutions through its global network of partners, including Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS). Mitel powers more than 33 million cloud connections each day.