An access control reader is used to "read" information from a card or token which is used to identify the card as valid or invalid for access through a given door or barrier. 

There are a wide range of readers available. Readers can be internal or external, contact or contactless, short range or long range.  Older readers were generally contact based, including magnetic strip and Wiegand.

Current readers will be contactless or proximity readers, where the card is held close to the reader but there is no actual contact.  Data is transmitted from the card to the reader by a range of wireless technologies.


Proximity read (and write) standards include Mifare, which is an open European standard and proprietary formats such as HID's iClass.

Leigh Visual are able to offer a range of solutions from simple single door solutions to complex integrated multi site installations. With the full range of manufactures available to us we are able to design systems to precise specifications