User ingress is the entry of a cardholder through any point in your access control system. This is spurred by the use of their access key or badge, which takes the form of a card that they present to a reader that controls the asset you have protected. Thanks to the access panel, a device that connects up to 64 separate entry points in one smaller system, each user ingress is recorded as an event, showing you and other administrators exactly when a user accessed a space and where they currently are.
Ingress is controlled by each point’s card reader, which checks the user’s card number against a database of all users to either grant or deny permission based on clearance level. Cards take multiple forms, including smart cards, which contain tiny chips, and magnetic strips, which work similarly to credit cards. By monitoring user ingress, you can gain a better understanding of the use of your facility or office.