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Migration Nation – The problem with 82% of America's security

December 2, 2022
Security and access control systems have been around for a long time now. However as technology advances, security systems that uses technology from 10+ years ago are no longer fit for purpose.

That’s right, 82% of America's access control systems are using 125kHz card technology (commonly called Prox cards). This technology used to be the industry standard, ensuring widespread adoption and stayed a top product in security for many years. 

The problem is that with technology advancements, credentials and security technology that use Prox are now easily comprised. Making once highly secure premises not so secure in the modern-day.

Don’t worry, it's not all doom and gloom for your security. It just means it might be time to invest in some security upgrades. There are simple ways to upgrade and re-secure facilities using the newer 13.56MHz - specifically MIFARE DESFire technology. This can either be done slowly or all at once.

Doing this gradually over a period of time is called migration and is where a company can replace critical readers first with less critical readers being changed later. A migration reader (such as the BQT BT951 or BT953) will read the existing Prox card base as well as the new MIFARE DESFire cards that can be issued.

Migration is a cost-effective way to migrate your security away from a compromised system. As and when all the readers on site are replaced with a BT951 or BT953, the Prox element can be disabled, leaving only the secure MIFARE DESFire credentials to gain access. This can be as slow or quick as you would like. However, it is the first step to ensuring your facility isn’t in the 82%!

BQT Solutions offers everything you need to upgrade your Prox system to a more secure system. So, whether you are after a migration strategy to upgrade your security at your own pace or perhaps you are ready to take the plunge and have a complete overhaul, BQT Solutions is your one-stop shop to find the right solution for you and your company. With a global presence and a friendly team ready to have a chat about your access control, BQT Solutions can help you re-secure your premises.

BQT Solutions is a specialist in the development, manufacture and supply of high quality, high security card and biometric readers, electromechanical locks and related electronic security products.
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