The Electric Strike is Hidden, but Plays an Important Role
Electric Strikes are the most popular type of electified door harware used for an access control system. Although other options exist, such as a maglock, they are not as simple to install.
Unlike card readers, which are visibile and interactive with users, electric strikes are hidden in the door jamb and go unnoticed. That being said, they play a very important role.
The card reader verifies a persons credential and connects to the control panel input. On the other hand, the electric strike connects to the output and unlocks as a result of “access granted”.
Choosing the right door strike your access control system involves several factors. Most important is the type of opening, life safety, and building codes.
Although electric strikes are the most common, you may also consider electronic bolts, locksets, and maglocks.