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14 Oct 2017

How does the Security Industry use Membrane Keypads?

How does the Security Industry use Membrane Keypads?

In the security industry, safety is paramount which means membrane keypads or membrane switches are extremely important. They are used in safety and security equipment worldwide, as every piece of technology requires a control panel. From handheld security devices to larger operational pieces of equipment, almost all security equipment requires a membrane keypad.

Both the domestic and commercial side of the security industry rely on modern technology to keep people safe. From surveillance to access control, technology improves safety and membrane switches are essential for the operation of the equipment. Here are some ways in which they are used within the security sector.

Telecommunications

Radio systems play an important part in security, allowing staff to keep in contact and catch an offender if required. As a fire and security solution, portable radio systems are an essential tool used in all public places including banks, shops and busy buildings. Fascia Graphics has supplied membrane keypads for radio systems to a leading market supplier for over 18 years, and has helped supply over 50,000 pieces of equipment.

Access control

Access systems are becoming more advanced thanks to innovation within the security sector, and there are now many options available. If there is a reason to restrict access to a private area, then a number of solutions can be installed to ensure any suspicious persons won’t gain entry. The popular system includes a pin number to gain access, which of course has a tactile membrane keypad. More widely used in business or financial institutions, you can also use fingerprint access or a system which opens doors with a fob or magnetic card.

Alarm systems

Almost every home and commercial building has an intruder alarm which works to prevent criminals from entering as well as alerting neighbours if a break-in has occurred. Most alarm system installations have a control panel at the entrance of a property, with a membrane keypad. The correct digits need to be entered to switch off the intruder alarm, or it is activated. Complex alarm systems can cover the entire perimeter of a house and some are connected to the local police or a private security firm so they also receive an activation alert.

Membrane keypads are used in nearly all security products, many of which are used by the private security industry or the military. For more information about the components we manufacture visit the security sector page.

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