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Card Reader Systems – Edmonton

Choosing a Card Reader System

Do you need an access control system for your business in Northern Alberta? If so, you may be wondering which card format or card reader to choose? At Union Alarm, we recommend high-security proximity card readers and 36 to 40 bit card formatting. This provides access cards with high encryption coding and a robust card reader to secure your doors.

Our company suggests the following:

  • High-quality card reader systems from world-renowned brands, including Bosch, ICT, HID, Kantech, and Honeywell. You can rely on these premier manufacturers for card reader technologies, access cards, and other related credentials including RFID tags.
  • High security credentials as found in many of today’s access control cards and card reader systems. This includes HID access control products. HID card readers, and further include DESfire, G-Prox, MIFARE, and iClass 125kHz technologies.

Protect your business with the latest technology in proximity card readers and systems. We also install access control card readers that can further include a biometric scanner, retina scanner, or fingerprint scanner from Suprema or HID Global.

Innovations in the access control industry have led to high encryption formatting and also offer built-in Bluetooth capabilities. If you need to secure access to a high-security lab or server room, our technicians can install biometric readers and fingerprint scanners where needed.

Give us a call to survey your access card reader needs in Edmonton!

Card Reader System – Prox Card Readers – Edmonton


Frequently Asked Questions

Card Reader – Q&A

First, the user places their card or fob in front of the card reader. Once an authorized card or fob is read at the door, the system confirms that the user’s credential contains the right permissions, and then sends an electronic pulse to the door to unlock it for the user. Next, the system records which user accessed the door, along with the date and timestamp.

Yes, we can! It’s known that many Edmonton businesses have Kantech card reader systems installed within their office. Not only do we service Kantech ioProx card readers, but we further service most major card reader systems. Also, we can service your card reader system even if the software is out of date.

In Alberta, many card readers utilize a standard 26-bit format. Beyond these card readers being out of date, know that we can upgrade your entry control system to include modern encryption with a simple reader change. Contact us for a quote today.

Yes. Our technicians can upgrade any access control card readers to provide you with newer, more secure technologies. We can also add higher encryption coding to your key fobs or access cards; this prevents them from being duplicated. Need to increase the security of a certain area? We can install high-security products, including Biometric readers.

Absolutely! You’ll be happy to know that many of our card readers already feature Bluetooth technology and other proximity features. We install ICT card readers that come standard with Bluetooth encoding with every card reader.

Our technicians will issue a credential licence for each Bluetooth-enabled device upon installation. From there, any user can use their mobile device as a valid credential to enter a controlled access point.

Card Readers – tSec from ICT

RFID Card Technology

Modern, convenient, and completely secure, a tSec RFID reader is the security solution you’ve been looking for. Your device is completely customizable; choose from several card formats and three different sizes. You can opt for a keypad and select a black or white model.

tSec readers integrate with the Protege Mobile App and ICT Mobile Credentials, so you can use your smartphone to unlock doors. These readers come equipped with Bluetooth functionality.

At Union Alarm, we carry all available card scanner formats, including:

  • Proximity format
  • RFID card format
  • Biometric format
  • Fingerprint format

Multi-Card Technology:

Get maximum compatibility with the tSec Multi-Technology Reader, which is available with 13.56MHz smart card capability, 125kHz proximity readers, or a multi-technology reader. It’s the perfect solution for businesses that want to transition to smart technology while still offering compatibility with existing cards.

You can even use the tSec Reader in difficult conditions, given its IP65 environmental rating. Mount the reader indoors, outdoors, in a parkade, car park gate, or near an office door.

To learn more about ICT card readers and access control systems, contact Union Alarm today.

Get a Quote for Access Control Card Readers in Edmonton Today!

Whether you’re upgrading your existing card readers or installing a new system, our certified technicians can help. Get the latest card reader technology when you work with Union Alarm. To get a quote, contact us today!

Union Alarm installs access control systems in Edmonton and all surrounding areas.

Customer Testimonials


“Our organization has contracted Union Alarm, for over five years. Consequently, I can say that I am very impressed and happy with their staff, workmanship and service levels.  Union Alarm has also supplied us with access cards since they installed our card access systems, always keeping in mind our charitable budget. After sales service is top notch and we are never forgotten after the job has been completed.” | Integrated Card Access & Network Cameras

Brenda Baber / Executive Director

The Kahanoff CentreCharitable Foundation / Calgary