electronic access control

Secure Your Parking, Building Perimeter, or Gated Community with Automatic License Plate Recognition Cameras

You may have been reading about license plate recognition technology and its applications in law enforcement. But did you know that these cameras can have valuable security benefits to your private business, organization, or association?

Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) has weaved its powerful optical character recognition technology into a wide range of applications, including perimeter access security, gated communities, parking revenue control, fleet vehicle management and several other markets. Kenton Brothers’ versatile recognition cameras and software platform allows the technology to be customized for a variety of applications. License plates are captured at up to 150mph and instantly compared against your personalized database, allowing you to create a variety of alerts when a plate is matched.

Perimeter Security
CrowdedLotThe world has changed. The need to know more about who is visiting your domain has grown exponentially over the past couple of years. Controlling your entry points with high speed license plate recognition technology has become a very effective way to ensure you are not caught off guard.

A client entering the property may trigger a text message to alert designated members of the staff. An employee pulling into the wrong parking area may be called in for a reminder and a suspicious vehicle can alert security to greet the suspect in the parking lot.

This technology is also a perfect fit for residential complexes to track visitor and resident access, hospitals, airports and stations for added security and revenue control purposes and commercial environments to help manage customer loyalty programs.

Gated Communities


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALicense plate recognition can be utilized to complement gated community access control systems, providing valuable information on the arrival and departure traffic within a private community. Our ALPR system provides residents and others the ultra convenience of adding an expected guest’s name and vehicle information into the database for a safe and planned arrival. Once the guest’s license plate is captured, a text message and/or e-mail can alert multiple recipients to announce the guest’s arrival.

Globally, gated communities are prospering, and there is a significant attraction to the secure feeling that one has with such an upscale living environment. Some gated communities use guards to secure their entryways, while others use keypads with password or codes, which are changed only every 6-months and eminently end up getting memorized by others who do not live there but want to gain access. ALPR is a powerful tool to capture, record, analyze, and store the records of those who access these hopefully secure and largely “self-policed” environments.


Parking Revenue Control
truck_enteringIncrease revenue 5%-20% by ensuring that the tickets and vehicles are not creatively manipulated to pay a reduced parking fee. In self-parking garages issuing tickets upon entry, matching the vehicle plate with the ticket upon entry and exit is a sure way to minimize theft.

ALPR can also be used to print the license plate onto the ticket and will automatically alert the cashier upon exit if there is no match – logging any exceptions into the system for audit purposes. Any type of event can be configured to trigger messages to be sent via e- mail or text to a computer, tablet, or cell phone.



Fleet Vehicle Management
fleet_vanManaging the logistics of a vehicle fleet, small or large, can be very challenging, especially if you are not utilizing an automatic process that connects the movement of your vehicles to its drivers. Perfect for company vehicles, a lane mounted LPR camera can be used in conjunction with an access control reader, capturing the vehicle plate and driver I.D. with a simple barcode or proximity card.

Entrance or exit events can also set to trigger a text message or e-mail, should you want to know when your drivers are coming and going. A number of reports are at your fingertips providing you with the necessary information to make sound decisions.


If you would like to explore the suitability of this product for your business, organization, or community, our experienced sales team will be glad to discuss your needs and follow up with a system recommendation. Just give KB a call!

When electronic access control isn’t enough!


Everyone wants access control these days. It’s sexy. Add video, put in biometrics, use multiple high-def screens to monitor and it feels like you have all the bases covered. But is it really doing the full job you need to protect all the vulnerable areas in and around your facility?  Is electronic access control enough?

Kenton Brothers Systems for Security believes a strong key management system in addition to electronic access control is relevant and necessary and there are a number of reasons why:

  1. First, even if access control is deployed, master over-ride keys remain vulnerable.
  2. Second, access control isn’t feasible for every area within a facility. Think, for example, about file cabinets with sensitive information or closets that may hold expensive tools, IT assets or everyday items like paper, ink and coffee.


Security for these locations isn’t only about the potential theft of something big. Instead, the loss of everyday assets and supplies over time can add up for a large facility without you even knowing.  A layered security approach, beginning with solid commercial grade hardware is an important first step when securing your facility.  

Contrary to most popular belief’s, success of a key management system is not determined by limiting the number of keys.  Instead, it’s about controlling the process to what those keys have access to–knowing who has the keys and when.  Kenton Brothers recommends installing a master key system using high security cylinders with tracking abilities to record and track all activities.

A successful key management program works with electronic access control, not separate from it or replacing it.  A proper solution will expand the level of security through integration and extend new components to your site’s security plan through a layered security approach.

Remember, despite the best efforts of businesses, universities or governmental agencies, if processes are not properly enforced, security suffers. You can’t manage what you can’t measure.  The learn more about Kenton Brothers Systems for Security’s Layered Security Approach, call 888-536-8661 today!

Post adapted from Security Today’s article When Electronic Access Control Isn’t Enough.

Electronic Access Control Benefits

During a recent focus group meeting between BOMA (Building Owners and Manger’s Association) and Ingersoll Rand, IR learned that 90% of BOMA tenants still use mechanical locks and keys to secure the interior spaces in their buildings.

While this is effective, budget friendly, and flexible we want to suggest a couple of reasons for adding an electronic access control component to your mechanical locks.

  • Audit trail
  • Lock-down capability
  • Ability to control access from any internet device
  • Better, more reliable control overall

By adding an electronic access system with S2 management software to your existing mechanical locks, you can easily change access for specific individuals from any internet device; instantly lock down the building in the case of a security threat; allow access to specific areas at specific times; receive audit trail information and alerts directly to your smart phone; and, instantly shut down access when needed.

Kenton Brothers has always been your go-to company for locks and keys.  Let us show you a solution that can enhance your mechanical locks by adding electronic access control with S2 management software.  Call us to set up an individual demonstration at 816-842-3700.

University Gets Upgrade in Access Control

Over the last fifteen years, Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri has invested a considerable amount of time and money in Blackboard, an education specific database platform for handling point of sale transactions for students, faculty, and staff.  The University recognized a need to integrate existing campus operations into a comprehensive, fully-networked campus wide ID, debit and access control system utilizing a single card/credential.

Kenton Brothers stepped up to the plate and installed a web based access control system called S2.  With its’ open architecture and ‘best of breed’ features, S2 was able to meet all of the university’s requirements to integrate with their infrastructure as well as incorporating into the university’s existing security management processes.  As an added bonus, S2 also integrates seamlessly with the university’s existing video management system, OnSSI.

Through custom programming, Kenton Brothers IP Specialists were able to create a software program which provides the ability for the entire system to come together, to add and remove people, to grant or revoke access, and to update smart card information all through a single interface.  If you have a unique security issue, give us a call at 816-842-3700 and we will develop a solution to fit your needs.

Access Control

Early access control and video systems were stand alone or “closed circuit” analog systems. These systems have limited useful life, are not able to be integrated with other security or business process systems like time and attendance, point of sale, and analytics.