The tools or devices that allow or restrict access to specific areas in a building or property.
Credentials are the various versions of physical access management designed to allow or restrict access to specific areas in a building or property. These credentials may be issued to individuals, such as employees or contractors, and are used to verify their identity and authorize access to specific areas or resources.
Examples of physical access management credentials include:
Key cards or key fobs: These are small, portable devices that contain a unique identifier that can be used to unlock doors or access other resources. Key cards or key fobs are often used in combination with card readers or other electronic access control systems.
Biometric data: Biometric data, such as fingerprints, facial recognition data, or iris recognition data, can be used to verify an individual’s identity and grant access to physical locations or resources.
Passwords or personal identification numbers (PINs): These are codes that are known only to the individual and are used to verify their identity and grant access. Passwords and PINs are often used in combination with other access control measures, such as key cards or biometric data.
Physical keys: Traditional metal keys are still used in many applications to grant access to physical locations or resources.
Physical access management credentials are used to secure a wide range of physical locations and resources, including buildings, offices, data centers, and other sensitive areas.