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UHF Readers for
Touchless Access Control

Offer robust security and a seamless user experience

The Benefits of Using UHF Readers for Touchless Access Control

The security landscape is constantly evolving. In recent years, the demand for touchless access control systems has surged in part due to growing security and hygiene concerns. As a result, UHF (Ultra-High Frequency) readers are emerging as a leader in the security realm, offering a compelling case due to their long read range, robust security and seamless user experience.

There are several types of access control readers available, including low frequency (LF), high frequency (HF), and UHF readers. In this article, we will focus on the benefits of using UHF readers for unified credentials and touchless access control, and specifically, AWID's uAxcess line of UHF readers and credentials.

How do UHF readers work?

  • Tag Activation: The reader sends a radio signal that activates the tag within its range.
  • Data Transmission: The activated tag sends a unique identifier back to the reader.
  • Verification: The reader communicates with a central access control system to verify the tag's validity and the user's access permissions.
  • Granting Access: If the tag identified an authorized user, the system unlocks the door or gate.

UHF reader applications for gates

UHF readers are ideal in access control applications involving gates, offering several advantages. For example, long read ranges provide hands-free vehicle access at parking lots or gated communities. Or UHF tags can be attached to fences or posts around a physical area that needs secured. When personnel approach the area with authorized tags, the reader grants access, while unauthorized users trigger an alert. In addition, UHF tags on trucks can be read from a distance, offering easy access to loading docks. Plus, UHF readers can be integrated with other security systems, such as CCTV cameras, to provide a more comprehensive security solution for gated areas.

For gate applications, AWID’s LR-3000 is an industry standard for long-range applications using UHF. However, applications arise where the client wishes to use the same credential for gates as well as doors and need a single credential for all readers. AWID’s uAxcess UHF readers are an excellent solution requiring unified credentials. AWID’s complete line of UHF readers are ideal for just about any application and utilize the same credential as the LR-3000.

UHF applications for doorways

UHF readers provide a hygienic and convenient access control solution for doorways. By eliminating the need to touch a reader or keypad, they reduce the chance for transmission of germs. UHF tags can be carried on keycards, fobs or even stickers in phones, and their extended read range allows for hands-free door unlocking from a distance. This fosters a cleaner and safer environment, particularly beneficial in high-traffic areas like office buildings, healthcare facilities, and educational institutions. The XM-700 UHF reader boasts a five to seven foot read range and is excellent for touchless door entry.

Advantages of touchless access control with UHF readers

For both businesses and end users, UHF readers in touchless access control systems offer many benefits, including:

  • Enhanced Hygiene: As mentioned earlier, touchless access control solutions eliminate the need to touch a reader, minimizing the spread of germs and bacteria. This can be especially helpful in healthcare facilities, food processing plants and other environments where hygiene is critical.
  • Reduced Reliance on Physical Credentials: Lost or stolen cards are not an issue when UHF tags are utlized. The system can be deactivated or reprogrammed, minimizing the potential security risk.
  • Integration with Other Systems: UHF access control systems integrate with other building management systems like time and attendance software or elevator control, offering a unified platform for managing security and building operations.
  • Convenience and Speed: UHF readers provide fast access, especially when compared to traditional access control methods like key cards or PIN codes. Users simply need to carry their UHF tag for seamless entry.
  • Reduced Wear and Tear: Eliminating physical contact with readers reduces wear and tear on tags, reducing maintenance costs.
  • Improved Security: UHF tags are programmable to include expiration dates or access limitations, providing granular control over how long a user can access specific areas.

AWID's uAxcess Line of UHF Readers and Credentials

AWID's uAxcess line of UHF readers and credentials provide an exceptional touchless access control solution for security professionals. The readers are easy to install and customize, with a variety of options available to meet specific needs and requirements. They can be used on any door or gate, indoors or outdoors, and integrate with any system that requires Wiegand Protocol.


UHF readers and credentials offer several benefits for touchless access control solutions. AWID's uAxcess line of UHF readers and credentials provides exceptional security, reliability, and customization options to meet specific needs. As security professionals, it is essential to consider the advantages of UHF readers and AWID's uAxcess line when implementing or upgrading access control systems.

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