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Automated access control system

Electronic or electromechanical system used to authorize movement of personnel, vehicles, or materials through entrances and exits of a secured area.  Authorization is obtained by the user entering personal information (i.e., through magnetic or proximity cards, personal identification number, or biometric scan), a computer comparison of identification data against an authorized user list, and computer activation of the portal unlock mechanism if the requester is authorized access (Garcia 289).