Card Access Control Systems, at the best prices in Calgary!

Over 30 years experience, makes us the better choice!

Card Access Control

Businesses in Calgary need electronic key card systems to provide card access control throughout the work place. By using Electronic Key Card Systems and Key Fob Entry, we install Electromagnetic Locks, Electrified Door Strikes and Proximity Card Readers to secure the entrance doors of a building. Consequently, card access systems secure the building 24 hours a day. Authorized users then enter using a Key Card. For that reason, Union Alarm Company of Calgary is the business communities go to provider for Card Access Control and Building Entrance Systems. With 30+ years installing electronic Key Fob Entry Systems and Security Hardware, we get it done! In fact, we’ve installed hundreds of Card Access Systems and Key Fob Entry Systems throughout Calgary.  Our security systems protect downtown buildings, commercial business offices and warehouse facilities. Systems include IP based connectivity of remote sites throughout Alberta, and across Canada.

Electronic Door Hardware

Union Alarm employs professional locksmiths with over 30 years experience installing electric strikes and mag locks. Consequently, our experience with electronic door hardware is impressive. We also work with all major brands including RCI, Securitron, and HES. Installations include the addition of Magnetic Locks for aluminum entry doors, full glass entrances, and interior doors within the building. We further install exit request buttons and UL Listed Power Supplies to address Alberta Building Codes and NFPA Life Safety standards. In addition, we service electric strikes from Folger Adam, Von Duprin, Adams Rite and Rutherford Controls. Furthermore, our team installs electrified latch retraction with all major brands of panic bars and fire rated exit devices. Read more…

Key Card Entry System


Card Access Systems

Card Access Systems

Certified Installation

We install and
service Card Access
Systems throughout
Calgary & Edmonton

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Access Control

Union Alarm secures numerous companies with Card Access Control in Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer. We also service the Lethbridge & Medicine Hat regions.

Card Access Control

Card Access Control Systems include electronic card readers & specialty door hardware to secure a building. Together, they control entry/egress to and from a building using key cards, electronic card readers and electrified locks. To open controlled doors, users present proximity cards or key fobs at the card reader. The key card entry system then grants electronic access to any user with a valid key card. Programmed using Enterprise Software, the key card system allows you to create multiple user groups and control who can enter a specific door. It also assigns time schedules to the door groups and restricts access when an area is secured. In addition, Card Access Control provides an audit trail of door openings to show who’s entered, and at what time. Additionally, you can reprogram key cards or key fobs within the software and re-use them. This negates the frequency of changing locks since access cards are easily managed within the system.

Door Control

Card Access starts with a single door, and grows to include many doors, or multiple sites. In fact, you can control hundreds of doors and sites across the country. Many of our clients include small to medium sized businesses. Most include 4-8 card readers securing front & rear entrance doors. Many include additional key card readers between the admin and warehouse areas. In fact, many businesses will also secure server rooms, lab facilities and stock rooms using key card entry systems.


Card Formats

Card Access Control Systems can include a variety of card reader types, and card formats. Prevalent in the market today are HID Card Readers. Many buildings in Calgary read 26-bit proximity card formats. In doing so, they should also exercise due caution. We say that because the 26-bit key card is insecure where almost anyone can order duplicate cards. Think of it like a common key, where someone visits a locksmith to obtain a duplicate! Consequently, the same principle applies to 26-bit key cards and fobs where duplicates are easily obtained. For this reason along, Union Alarm installs 36-bit and 40-bit G-Prox Access Cards and Fobs. A secure bit structure developed for cards that are generated once, and never duplicated. Furthermore, higher bit structures ensure your card access system is secure, and that nobody can manipulate the the systems integrity.

Card Readers

In addition to the card format, Union Alarm recommends and installs matching Card Readers. Our systems are further installed using G-Prox access cards from our partners at GE Interlogix. Also available to our clients are standard switch-plate card readers for wall mount use, or narrow style card readers for installations on narrow style glass mullions or glass entrance doors. A well designed card reader suited to any architectural design, and a card reader that allows our systems to read multiple card formats. This is also an excellent choice for business offices wanting to add floor access within an existing commercial office tower.

Proximity Cards & Fobs

G-Prox Access Cards and Key Fobs

We supply Verex
Access Cards &
Key Fobs to our
Business Clients

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HID Access Cards & Key Fobs

Order replacement HID access cards and key fobs from Union Alarm. Calgary’s Access Control Card Supplier


Magnetic Door Locks

Mag Lock by Rutherford Controls

RCI 8310 Mag Lock

We Install Mag
Locks on Wood,
Metal & Glass
Entrance Doors

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We install electronic Mag Locks

Electronic Mag Locks

The RCI 8310 magnetic lock from Rutherford Controls is our go to mag lock for use in our access control systems. It’s multi purpose design is perfect for interior or exterior doors with options for door status and security condition sensors. Consequently, mag locks provide up to 1200 lbs of holding force and are perfect for applications requiring in/out card readers and control of an entry/exit door. At Union Alarm, we install each and every mag lock conforming to Alberta Building Code. Furthermore, we equip each door with emergency pull stations and egress control buttons. This ensures safe operation with means of an emergency exit when required. Mag locks are also used to monitor door status within an integrated intrusion system.

Installing Mag Locks

Mag lock installations allow for in/out control of office doors where entry/exit is controlled by multiple card readers. In fact, we install mag locks on glass entrance doors where electric strike installations are not at all possible. Using specific installation kits for glass panels and aluminum headers, we can control entry to most offices equipped with glass entry doors. They are also installed on exterior warehouse doors where additional security is required over that of an electric strike. Finally, we install 15 second egress delay systems with mag locks and special hardware to secure retail fire exits and warehouse doors needing additional egress and alarm protection. Call us today and speak to a hardware expert!


Electric Strikes

Union Alarm installs grade 1 electric strikes. More-so, we carry all major brands of electric strikes including Adams Rite, RCI, Folger Adam, Von Duprin and HES. In addition to electric strikes, we also promote electrified exit hardware to allow entry/exit control through card entry doors. With professional locksmiths and experienced hardware installers in house, we install all types of electronic locks. In fact, we’ve installed thousands of electric strikes into interior & exterior door frames. Furthermore, we include Door Status and Latch Bolt Monitoring for high security installations requiring tamper proof controls. Call us in Calgary for all of your electronic door hardware needs. We have DHI certified installers and certified master locksmiths to help you choose the right solution.

Electronic Security Hardware

Architectural door hardware is an important feature of Card Access Control. In order to secure a door properly, you must first understand its strengths and weaknesses. At Union Alarm, our expert staff will survey the door hardware when we look to add your access control system. We then choose the right locks and the correct electronic security hardware to properly secure each door. Did you know? We actually install the hardware ourselves and never sub contract the work to third parties like our competitors do. This ensures accountability when it comes to servicing the hardware, and eliminates finger pointing since we service everything we sell.

Union Alarm offers unparalleled service with one company for all your security solutions!  

Electric Strike Installations

Folger Adam Strike Install Metal Frame

Electric Strike Installed

Electric Strike
by Union Alarm

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Electric Strikes & Electronic Latch Control


Access Control Power Supplies

RCI Fire Disconnect

We Install Fire
Disconnects by
RCI Rutherford

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UL Listed Power Supplies

Power Supplies for Access Control

Equally important to the integrity of a card access system is the power supplies. Wach play a critical role while energizing the security hardware. For that reason, Union Alarm installs ULC listed power supplies from Assa Abloy. Importantly, amperage and current draw is measured at the locking device and calculated to obtain current load on the system. We then install the correct power supply in correct amperage configurations. This keeps the electric strikes, panic bars and mag locks properly powered, and ensures long life with correct operations.

Fire Disconnects

When installing mag locks and fail safe electric strikes, it’s often necessary to install a ULC rated power supply with built in fire disconnect. This also holds true for any building with a ULC fire system in place, Rutherford Controls offers the 10-series power supplies to disconnect mag locks and fail safe strikes when a fire alarm is triggered. Addressable relays are programmed within the fire system, and we connect our power supplies directly to these relays before the system is commissioned and verified. Exit buttons and pull stations are required to further control egress, and mag locks are not permitted to have battery backup power. Furthermore, all mag locks must release in the event of fire or power outages. Hence the reason we install fail secure strikes in addition to mag locks. This ensures compliance while keeping the doors secured during fire alarms and power outages.


Alarm Integration

A powerful feature of our Verex Card Access System is the ability to add alarm integration. First, we install the access control system by mounting the main control panel. This includes 12-zones of on-board alarm protection. We then add the Verex door controllers in 2, 4 and 8 door configurations to wire the card access points and terminate each card reader. With the access system installed, we add expansion modules to integrate varying degrees of alarm protection. Finally, we equip access control doors with alarmed door contacts. This allows card users to quick arm the intrusion areas right from the outside card reader. A powerful feature allowing users to bypass use of the inside alarm keypads.

Enterprise Software

Director software offers a higher level of management and control. It seamlessly integrates intrusion, access control and video surveillance into an intuitive user interface. Going beyond a typical alarm monitoring interface, the software provides central database management for card access and alarms, system configuration, graphical maps and full reports. Options are further available to include the Verex Director Software Photo Integration Package. It features extensive photo ID capabilities, including capture of photos, card design and card printing on compatible printers.  Contact Union Alarm for a complete proposal or demonstration.

Card Access Software

TruVision Navigator 8 Software

TruVision Software

Card Access
Systems that
Integrate with
CCTV Systems

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Director Enterprise Software


Photo ID Access Cards

Photo ID Card Printing

Photo ID Card
Printers & Cards
by Union Alarm

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Access Cards – Photo ID

Photo ID Printers

Union Alarm is a partner with MagiCard ID Card Printers. The Magicard Prima 4 provides a reliable, robust solution for instant printing in a compact design. Using a re-transfer printing process, images are first printed onto a thin film and then heat transferred onto the access card surface. This produces a high resolution image, printed right over the edge of the card. A special dye sublimation Ultra Violet ribbon can be used with the Prima 4 for the printing of invisible photographs, logos, text or symbols used on high security access cards. The UV ink is not detectable to the naked eye, but is visible with the use of a UV light. This special ribbon offers an affordable yet highly secure feature to decrease fraudulent cards.

Photo ID Cards

The Magicard Prima 4 printer has an optional range of card encoding devices to write secure electronic data to cards at the point of issuance. Smart card encoding options include contact chip, MIFARE®, DESFire® and iClass® deatures. Special high-security encoders can also be fitted for the in-line customization of payment cards. The Prima 4 can also be supplied with a mag stripe encoder built-in. In addition to printers, Union Alarm provides high security 36-bit and 40-bit G-Prox cards which are print capable on both sides. Contact us for your photo ID and printer needs.



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