TelaerisXCHARX first foray into the security field had little to do with RFID, but a lot to do with where we would head in the future. In late 2006, one of our early customers had an urgent requirement. They had more than 500 contractors arriving onsite for a maintenance event lasting 2 months. The facility lacked sufficient onsite parking so contractors were bussed in from multiple offsite lots. As this was a secure facility with hard anti-passback,
contractors would exit the bus at the gates, walk through the turnstiles, and re-enter the bus to get delivered to their work areas.
Le chef de projet a noté que les bus créaient une énorme inefficacité. Il a estimé qu'ils gaspilleraient près d'un demi-million de dollars pour faire passer les entrepreneurs de cette manière.
We had worked with this customer on various RFID projects, so they knew we could deliver an elegant engineering solution in short order. He asked if we could deliver a working system with the following requirements in 2 months:
- Les badges des utilisateurs numérisés lors de l'entrée dans le bus
- Les utilisateurs seraient entrés dans des zones sécurisées anti-passback
- Intégration transparente au système de contrôle d'accès pour les rapports de temps
- Gérer les bus 8-12 simultanément
- Gérer plusieurs parcs de stationnement temporaires hors site
- Parking lots were leased so no hard installs were permitted
- Parking lots had no internet and only generator power
- Météo à l'épreuve
We proposed three alternative solutions at the time:
- Matériel seulement
- Matériel hybride + logiciel
- Logiciel seulement
The hardware only solution was chosen as it was deemed the lowest risk. We built the MACS (système de contrôle d'accès mobile), a weatherproof cart, containing an access control panel, wired and wireless readers, battery backup, and 3rd generation broadband capabilities.
The beauty of this system was that to the back-end access system, the MACS cart looked just like another access control panel on their system. Data was logged instantaneously as soon as the contractors were scanned on and off the bus. In hindsight, this system seems quite pedestrian, but at the time the technology was state of the art.
Nous avons fourni la solution à temps et elle a dépassé les attentes. Les sous-traitants ont terminé presque une semaine avant la date prévue et, ce qui est plus important encore, la mise en service de l'usine ayant été réalisée plus tôt, l'entreprise a réalisé une semaine supplémentaire de production et de production.
d'où des profits.
And today, eight years later, we still provide solutions to control access at remote parking lots or on buses. It turns out that the other two approaches we suggested, we ultimately built into our XPressEntry and XPressFreedom products. Instead of a “mobile” cart, we provide présenter mobile solutions including rugged handheld devices or even an Android based cell phone. So, if your company is looking for a way to badge your employees remotely, stay on the bus and let us know how we can help you!
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