Identiv, Inc. has announced that it will demonstrate its complete radio-frequency identification (RFID), near-field communication (NFC), and inlay portfolio to secure the Internet of Things (IoT) during RFID Journal LIVE! on April 2 – 4, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. RFID Journal LIVE! RFID Journal LIVE! is an event focused on RFID and related technologies. Now in its 17th year, the event features more than 200 exhibitors from 26 countries showcasing the best selection of RFID...
People and vehicle access control specialists Nortech will be exhibiting some exciting new products at Parkex 2019 this April. Ideal for businesses that want to know more about people and vehicle access solutions and their benefits, the South Wales-based company will be launching its new 8 Series detector range, debuting its next generation Nedap ANPR Access V2 and showing its popular Variable Message Sign (VMS) system. Extensive experience Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the s...
People and vehicle access control specialist, Nortech is now offering long-range vehicle and driver identification tags to grant seamless access to approaching vehicles. Nedap TRANSIT reader range Designed to accompany the popular TRANSIT reader range from Nedap, the tags are ideal for use in staff car parks, for priority vehicle control, industrial site access control, fleet and parking management. Key features include simultaneous driver and vehicle identification, a reading distance of up...
Rosslare Enterprises Ltd., global provider of professional security solutions, announces that it has been awarded CE (RED) 2017 Edition, and FCC (CFR 47 – Part 15.B) certification on its new AY-U920BT and AY-H915BT UHF SMART BLE-ID and long-range UHF Readers.“We are very pleased to be able to present these products to North America and European Union channel partners that are certified to operate within the radio equipment limits of those countries,” said Ezra Ozer, Director of...
MedixSafe, a manufacturer in the access control cabinet market, is pleased to introduce the KARE XL. The 36”H x 14”W x 9”D Key Access Ready Enclosure has an increased key storage capacity of 192 – 224, depending on the configuration. It’s an ideal solution for dealers and integrators to specify for security directors and end users of all kinds to safeguard - and track access to - sensitive keys. KARE XL connects to an existing access control system and features an...
People and vehicle access control specialist Nortech is now offering a robust long-range reader based on semi active RFID technology, which enables automatic vehicle identification at distances of up to 10 metres and speeds of up to 125 mph. The TRANSIT Ultimate from Nedap is a high-end reader and is designed to perform well in both high security applications and demanding vehicular access control applications. It is also designed to perform under harsh environmental conditions. It is ideal for...
Johnson Controls introduces C•CURE 9000 v2.70 from Software House, one of the industry’s most powerful security management systems providing 24x7 mission critical security and safety protection for people, buildings and assets. This new version provides up-to-date capabilities and technologies that enable security departments to meet the changing requirements of corporate facility protection. More secure and agile workplace C•CURE 9000 v2.70 provides security staff with a consistent, standardised approach to meet critical access control and visitor management needs for enterprises adopting agile workplace strategies. C•CURE 9000 allows security operators to use centralised policies and provide a standard methodology for authorisation" “By leveraging C•CURE 9000’s powerful security platform, with version 2.70, users can adopt a more service-oriented model that provides both a more secure and a more agile workplace,” said Jeffrey Barkley, senior product manager, Security Products, Building Technologies and Solutions for Johnson Controls. “C•CURE 9000 allows security operators to use centralised policies and provide a standard methodology for authorisation that doesn’t compromise security while decentralising the ownership and control of different facility spaces and visitor access. This provides a quick responsive solution for enterprise organisations.” Enhanced visitor management capabilities C•CURE 9000 v2.70 makes obtaining access clearances faster and less prone to errors, with a consistent process. A card holder can now request access to a space and that request is directed to the correct personnel for approval, replacing long email chains and long response times common for access approvals. The system provides a complete audit trail of the approval or decline of the clearance for compliance purposes all natively within C•CURE 9000. Enhanced visitor management capabilities within C•CURE 9000 are designed to reduce reception desk workload and speed visitor processing. New in v2.70 is the addition of visitor badge printing from the self check-in kiosk, group add which easily allows users to add a group of visitors for events, classes and conferences, and new host instructions. To increase the safety and security of a site, internal watchlists have been added for personnel and visitor management. In addition, an assistance button is now available for personnel to send an alert to the security team with one click to help provide a quick response to visitor or other personnel issues. New in v2.70 are active templates that make sharing and updating information easier Reducing identity theft and social engineering attacks Other features of C•CURE 9000 v2.70 include enhancements to C•CURE Web with support for Swipe and Show, which visually confirms a card holder with the picture in their record to reduce identity theft and social engineering attacks. This allows users to increase security using any web-enabled workstation or mobile device with C•CURE 9000. New in v2.70 are active templates that make sharing and updating information easier, an ‘in query’ feature for journal and audit triggers and fast download prioritisation for updates to iSTAR door controllers. Software House designs the C•CURE 9000 and iSTAR controllers together to protect your organisation. To get the maximum benefit from this new C•CURE 9000 release, Software House recommends also updating your iSTAR controller to firmware version 6.5.X. C•CURE 9000 users on a valid software support agreement can upgrade to v2.70 at no additional charge.
People and Vehicle Access control system specialists Nortech have designed a parking control system which combines both automatic barriers and parking ticket control to manage the use of private and public car parks and is around one fifth of the cost of conventional systems. Nortech’s FeeMaster Smart range offers a modular solution for a variety of parking management applications from simple car park control to full parking fee management and payment systems. The range includes the FeeMaster Smart Entry Station, FeeMaster Smart Exit Station, and a FeeMaster Smart Console for use inside a building. The console allows staff to control who visits the car park and monitor how long they are parked on site. The FeeMaster Entry Station issues tickets to visitors as they arrive, with each ticket containing a barcode, serial number and the date and timeReduced disruption Nortech’s FeeMaster Smart parking management system is a flexible, simple and cost-effective way of managing car parking access and controlling validity periods using Mifare smart cards. This avoids the need for expensive cabling between components and minimises disruption. The FeeMaster Entry Station is designed to be used to record the date and time that a vehicle enters a car park. Located at the entrance of the car park, it issues tickets to visitors as they arrive, with each ticket containing a barcode, serial number and the date and time. Dispensing the ticket triggers an ‘open’ signal to the entry barrier. A Mifare reader is also located on the faceplate which reads Mifare cards which have been issued to long term parkers. The entry ticket can also be used as a means of allowing exit from the car park if presented to the exit station within the pre-set grace period. This enables such facilities as charge free ‘drop-offs’ (hotels, conference centres, etc.) as well as charge-free exit where no parking space can be found. Built-in scanner and card capture unit The FeeMaster Smart Exit Station is equipped with both a Barcode Scanner and a Mifare Card Capture Unit. The Barcode Scanner reads both exit tokens issued by the FeeMaster Console as well as short term tickets issued by the Entry Station. Each ticket is valid for single use at the exit station during the validity period assigned to it. The exit station controller checks the details on the barcode ticket and sends an ‘open’ signal to the barrier. The Mifare card capture unit captures short term cards issued by the Console and also reads and returns cards to longer term parkers. The FeeMaster Smart Console can be connected to a PC so that transactions can be analysed and additional tariff management features may be used Multi-functional smart console The FeeMaster Smart Console is a compact and easy-to-install device that reads barcode tickets issued at the entry station, calculates the fees based on pre-programmed tariff details, and encodes reusable Mifare access control cards with validity data. If necessary, the console can print customer receipts and/or barcode exit tokens. It can also control a till drawer and send a control signal to a vehicle barrier/turnstile. The console may also be connected to a PC so that transactions can be analysed and additional tariff management features may be used. Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the security industry for over 25 years as an independent British company. The company uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products to fit their clients’ needs and designs everything with the customer in mind.
People and vehicle access control specialists Nortech will be on hand to demonstrate some of its products at the Norbain South West Roadshow 2018 in Newport, scheduled to take place next month. Ideal for businesses that want to know more about people and vehicle access solutions and their benefits, the company will be displaying its new uPASS Target Antenna, an additional long-range identification solution, which is used alongside its uPASS Target Reader. Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the security industry for over 25 years as an independent British company. The company uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products to fit their clients’ needs and designs, keeping the customer in mind.uPASS Target is ideal both for access control to gated sites and for close monitoring of traffic flow activities at industrial sites and logistic depots Vehicle tagging and long-range identification The company offers a choice of products that use vehicle tagging to identify individual vehicles while they are moving through a monitoring point. With reading ranges of up to 10 metres and an assortment of vehicle tag options, Nortech caters to a wide variety of applications. The uPASS Target Antenna is an external antenna for use with the uPASS Target Reader, which uses passive UHF RFID technology to identify vehicles and people up to 10 metres. By adding the uPASS Target Antenna to the uPASS Target Reader, the read-range can be extended to cover a wider area. Additionally, the external antenna can be used in situations where reading of both vehicle entry and exit lanes is required. The uPASS Target Reader has a TNC port to connect one external antenna. The uPASS Target is a robust solution for long-range identification of vehicles, people and rolling stock. It is ideal both for access control to gated sites and for close monitoring of traffic flow activities at industrial sites and logistic depots.
HID Global, a provider of trusted identity solutions, announced the latest addition to its Seal Tag family of RFID products, the Seal Tag edTamper UHF. The new solution quickly verifies the seal status integrity for large tag populations, without the need to be in the line of sight. The tamper-evident tag is designed for managing sensitive and highly secure items, such as aircraft life vests or weapon and equipment racks that require periodic safety and security checks from a distance. Accurate inventory management “The latest addition to our Seal Tag portfolio demonstrates HID Global’s continued commitment to the rapid expansion of RFID solutions that simplify processes and open new market opportunities with innovative configurations and features,” said Richard Aufreiter, Director of Product Marketing, Identification Technologies with HID Global. “Customers benefit from a best-in-class transponder that delivers unprecedented accuracy and exceptional read ranges, while also meeting numerous industry standards that extend tag usage to applications on aircrafts and other scenarios.” The Seal Tag edTamper tag provides a digital notification if a sealed tag has been compromised and is designed for a broad array of industrial applications that require a long read range for easy, fast, and accurate inventory management. Identifying a broken seal among many items is quick and easy with the swipe of a UHF reader. This unique feature contrasts with visually tamper-evident tags that require physical examination to detect a broken loop or electrically tamper-evident tags that stop working when the seal is broken. UCODE G2iM series transponder chips HID tags leverage the UCODE G2iM series chip from NXP, which enables theft deterrence, tamper-evident notification, and privacy protection modes. “Our UCODE G2iM series transponder chips provide customers with a unique tag tamper feature, detecting theft and item manipulation while ensuring unparalleled system performance to accurately count of what’s available and where,” said Ralf Kodritsch, Director Segment Manager, RFID Solutions with NXP. The new HID Seal Tag edTamper UHF is also designed to be flame-resistant and perform regardless of deployment environment.
Flare operates in protected frequency bands that use dedicated spectrum, avoiding the potential for interference Senstar introduced the next generation of the Flare Real-Time Locating System which instantly identifies and locates personal duress alarms at the touch of a button. Designed for reliability in institutional and industrial environments, Flare uses patented, proven, cost-effective technology to help keep staff safe. Indoor emergency alarms “The technology behind Flare has been in continuous use in high-threat environments for over 20 years,” said Product Manager Todd Brisebois. “Senstar has used this experience to design the architecture and feature set required for a mission critical real-time locating system while offering one of the industry’s lowest Total Cost of Ownership.” In the event of danger, the user activates a Personal Protection Device (PPD) on his or her belt. The PPD emits an RF signal that is detected by a network of sensor units concealed throughout the facility. Flare immediately locates indoor emergency alarms to within 6m (20ft) and displays the location, status, and identity of the PPD on a map-based display in the control room. Pull-pin and man-down options Pull-pin and man-down (tilt activated) options are also available, and the system can be optimised for outdoor use. Flare operates in protected frequency bands that use dedicated spectrum, avoiding the potential for interference. Key features of the Flare Real-Time Locating System include low sensor unit density, scalable architecture, IP connectivity, and ruggedised components. Flare is also easy to install and maintain, and requires minimal user training.
Thousands of microdots are infused into metal sheets marking them with a unique identifying code A North Yorkshire businesses’ revolutionary security system which protects lead roofs from metal thieves, has achieved the prized Police crime prevention accreditation Secured by Design. The process used by York-based Trace-in-Metal involves infusing thousands of microdots into metal sheets marking them with a unique identifying code. Such is the science behind Trace-in-Metal, which is led by a former police detective and a Swedish ballistics expert, that even the smelting process cannot destroy the nickel dots and their unique tags. Protecting scores of roof To achieve Secured by Design status, this unique deterrent—which is currently protecting scores of roofs on churches, stately homes, and public buildings in Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire—had to pass a series of standards and stringent tests conducted by independent laboratories. These test the product’s effectiveness in preventing or reducing crime, usually by resistance to physical attack. Secured by Design works on behalf of Police Forces throughout the country and uses proven crime prevention techniques to reduce crime through environmental design to create secure spaces at the design stage and to set product standards that achieve ‘police preferred specification’. Crime prevention Trace-in-Metal chief executive John Minary said: “Being awarded Secured by Design status really is the jewel in our crown.” “It is a massive vote of confidence in our system and will give potential clients the assurance to know that Trace-in-Metal is a highly regarded crime prevention product.” “To be a Secured by Design member we have had to undergo rigorous scrutiny and testing. I’m delighted we have passed and we now join an exclusive club.” “This is a great deterrent to any opportunist thief or more determined, organised criminal" The Association of British Insurers has estimated that the introduction of Secured by Design standards across the UK would bring more than £3.2 billion worth of savings to the economy over 20 years. Revolutionary metal marking system Secured by Design development officer Alfie Hosker said: “This is a really exciting crime prevention product. It is easy to apply and effective because it is uniquely traceable, even after the smelting process.” “This is a great deterrent to any opportunist thief or more determined, organised criminal. It will help to combat lead theft from heritage sites and church roofs through to locations where lead is used within the fabric of the building or structure.” Last year Trace-in-Metal, which was officially launched at Ripley Castle in the summer of 2014, was awarded a £120,000 government innovation grant. The match-funded money—given by Innovate UK—has enabled Trace-in-Metal to further develop its revolutionary metal marking system and to help garner vital third party accreditations, including that of Secured by Design.
The Hugs Infant Protection Solution tracks the location of babies and provides protection anywhere the infant may be transported Wireless tracking and radio frequency identification (RFID) continue to improve dramatically in range and reliability, allowing Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) pinpointing people, places and things with impressive accuracy. Systems integrator Advance Technology Inc. (ATI), Scarborough, Maine, recently installed a comprehensive, hospital-wide solution at the newly opened Boston Medical Center’s (BMC) Women and Infants Center to provide detection and protection for newborns throughout the facility. The web-browser based system from Stanley Healthcare called the Hugs® Infant Protection Solution is based on the AeroScout® Wi-Fi RTLS platform and MobileView® software. Rob Simopoulos, president of the security and audiovisual managed services firm, said ATI worked in tandem with the Department of Public Safety’s Luigi Martiniello, Assistant Director of Operations and Public Safety, IT Department, Stanley Healthcare, hospital personnel and other stakeholders to install the solution successfully on the hospital’s Wi-Fi network. The installation is one of the first in the New England region. “It’s a full deployment, meaning it tracks the location of babies and provides protection anywhere the infant may be transported, instead of being confined to areas limited to hardwired receivers and repeaters common to other infant protection systems,” said Simopoulos. “It was our first deployment – a highly IT-centric solution that required certification and training by our skilled technicians prior to installation.” In alarm, when an unauthorised person tries to leave the area with a protected child, magnetic doors lock down instantly and hold specified elevators Quick access to location of tagged infants Nurses, administration and other hospital personnel have immediate access to the location status of tagged infants through PC or mobile devices via the MobileView enterprise platform, which serves as the graphical user interface (GUI) for scheduling, control, history and alerts. They can easily place tags into transport mode when an infant needs to leave the floor, but still track the location of these patients ongoing in real-time wherever they travel. Bob Gilbert, ATI’s remote technical support supervisor, said the reliability and integrity of the solution is extremely robust, with tags transmitting every 10 seconds. During installation, which was completed in a fast turnaround of several weeks, ATI used heat-mapping capability to ascertain the density of Wi-Fi access point coverage and assimilate effective distances of RF signals from the tags. The installation included two dedicated, high-availability servers for redundancy and back up. The MobileView platform is installed in the Public Safety Department’s Command and Control Center and integrates with Lenel by United Technologies OnGuard Security Management System. Other highlights of the security installation: The system integrates to all door contacts, access control readers, audible alarms and elevator controls. Exciters, which also act as access points, are installed at every entrance/exit point and work independently should they lose network connectivity, allowing the doors to still lock down in alarm. ATI worked closely with the elevator contractor to implement input controls to prevent the elevator door from opening if a tag is sensed at the door. The access control system also will not unlock if an infant tag is present on the other side of the opening, even when a valid proximity badge is presented. The solution may also be deployed for asset tracking and management, with ATI looking to incorporate that functionality in the near future In alarm, when an unauthorised person tries to leave the area with a protected child, magnetic doors lock down instantly and hold specified elevators. The system can integrate with hospital communication and information systems, strobe lights, sounders and audible devices and video surveillance cameras to capture and view images before an exit alarm occurrence. The solution may also be deployed for asset tracking and management, with ATI looking to incorporate that functionality in the near future. Real-time location system improves protection and detection status “Our goal is to continue to learn and embrace new technology to provide our customers the best protection and detection,” continued Simopoulos. “Providing the hospital with the ability to achieve real-time status and location of system tags beyond the mother-baby unit is critical. Nearly 20 percent of hospital abductions in the U.S. happen outside this area, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. In the past, once infant tags left the range of proprietary receivers in the protected area the infant’s whereabouts became unknown.”
Interest in mass notification systems appears to be growing in the security community as a response to active shootings and workplace violence 2014/2015 Boon Edam Review and Forecast: The security industry seems very healthy and continues to experience solid growth. We have observed an increased level of corporate and government expenditures, which allows for expanding security upgrades in general. Looking ahead to 2015, I see interest in mass notification systems appears to be growing in the security community as a response to active shootings, workplace violence, etc. Workplace incidents are getting more coverage in educational sessions and the media. We are investigating how our entrances can be involved in an overall solution. We expect this interest to expand and proliferate into the next decade. When it comes to physical security entrances, customers are demanding a more consistent set of solutions from their providers and they are consolidating their suppliers. They want vendors that provide multiple parts of the whole system and offer an excellent service level on all counts. Vendors that can do this will be clear winners in the long term with large customers. If a manufacturer provides only a subset of entrance solutions; for example, turnstiles, which deter unauthorised entry or traffic control, but that vendor doesn’t also offer security doors that absolutely prevent tailgating or piggybacking, they can only satisfy certain installations or silos within large organisations. We are fortunately able to offer different security entrance products to different silos within the same end user organisation. We are thus providing multiple solutions to the various parts of their business. Boon Edam has been able to fully meet those varied needs with our breadth of product range and with our expanding sales team that can better reach the various stakeholders within these customer organisations. For 2015 and beyond, we have continued to react to and expand operations and capabilities of the organisation to accommodate the unprecedented growth of revenues and numbers of customers in the last three years. We’re bullish about the continued growth of physical security entrance usage within the security industry and anticipate demand for applications such as ours will continue to grow at a rate faster than the security industry as a whole. See the full coverage of 2014/2015 Review and Forecast articles here
Comprising a large tertiary and secondary hospital, along with three rural hospitals, Waikato DHB is a substantial healthcare operator which employs approximately 6,000 staff throughout the region. With security needs that include protecting staff from verbal and physical abuse, safely securing high-dependency patients in dementia wards, restricting unauthorised access to medication and medical equipment, and protecting high-risk facilities such as newborn intensive care units, Waikato DHB required security systems that could be applied to both high and low security areas and found the solution in Gallagher’s range of innovative security products. Serving a large geographical area of the North Island of New Zealand, the Waikato District Health Board (Waikato DHB) provides hospital and community-based health services to a population of nearly 400,000 people. Controlling access areas within hospital Gallagher’s system enables us to make changes quickly and push that information out to the card readers instantly"Gallagher’s access control system and Command Centre central management platform provide Waikato DHB with control over access in and out of areas within the hospital. With access profiles that change on a daily basis, as medical staff – predominantly nurses – move between different departments on different days, it’s vital that the system can be updated simply and efficiently. “Gallagher’s system enables us to make changes quickly and push that information out to the card readers instantly, ensuring that staff can approach doors with the confidence that they can enter or leave areas as necessary,” said David Wilson, Manager of Security and Parking for Waikato DHB. The safe and secure storage of medication and medical equipment, ranging from syringes and surgical tools, to large expensive machinery, is a legal requirement of all hospitals in New Zealand. Single access card system Gallagher’s access control solution forms a part of the security system that delivers this for Waikato DHB facilities. Utilising a single access card system where permissions can be set to allow different access ensures the efficient movement of staff, reduces the risks associated with handling keys, and provides a comprehensive audit trail that identifies access movements by employee. Utilising a single access card system where permissions can be set to allow different access ensures the efficient movement of staff Waikato DHB is proud to put people at the centre of what they do, and strives to ensure staff and patient safety at all times. A number of Waikato DHB’s wards require high-level security either for the protection of the patients – as in the case of dementia facilities – or staff. Duress buttons located throughout the hospital and its high-risk areas automatically notify security staff of the exact location where a duress alarm has been activated. Lock-down system Gallagher’s Command Centre Mobile application delivers these duress notifications directly to a guard’s mobile device – speeding up the delivery of urgent information directly to security personnel. The ability to lock-down areas of the hospital for safety reasons is paramount. “Command Centre gives us the ability to isolate areas and restrict access. This is a critical requirement for us and the reliability of that lock-down system is hugely important,” said Wilson. With so many visitors and staff coming and going from the hospital, carpark management is an important aspect of facilities administration for Waikato DHB. In choosing a solution, the DHB selected Gallagher’s Carkpark Management system - an optional licence feature. Streamlined parking processes Through an integration with Gallagher’s Command Centre security management software, staff are able to badge their access card at one of the many staff and public carparks on site, and have their parking fee deducted from their pre-paid account. The programme has in-built intelligence including the ability for staff to exit and re-enter during a set period without being recharged The programme has in-built intelligence including the ability for staff to exit and re-enter during a set period without being recharged. This system has streamlined parking processes, particularly for part-time and shift-work staff who have irregular parking requirements. According to Wilson, “One of the real strengths of this system is the reporting. By managing the pre-paid carpark system through Command Centre and linking it to staff access cards, we are able to effortlessly extract detailed reports.” Electronic Tag Boards Waikato DHB’s facilities are continually expanding and this means a large number of contractors may be present on site within a 24 hour period. By utilising another Gallagher licence feature - electronic Tag Boards - contractors can easily sign on and off of the site. A key driver for this was health and safety, “It’s really important for us to know who is on site in case of an emergency,” said Wilson. “Making this process as simple as possible for contractors is the best way to ensure it is used.” A number of other system integrations appear across the site, including CCTV. Waikato DHB’s largest hospital facility, Waikato Hospital, has over 250 CCTV cameras connected to Gallagher’s Command Centre platform. As Waikato DHB’s requirements continue to evolve, Gallagher’s systems expand alongside them. Security Ward Standard The Security Ward Standard details the minimum security equipment required for new buildings, including access control, duress alarms, and camerasTo remain at the forefront of technology, Waikato DHB has a software maintenance agreement with Gallagher, to ensure they operate the very latest software available. “Any advancement in technology will make life easier, that’s a straightforward investment for us,” said Wilson. Through Waikato DHB’s experience with Gallagher products, the team developed a ‘Security Ward Standard’. This standard details the minimum security equipment required for new buildings, including access control, duress alarms, and cameras. The Security Ward Standard has greatly reduced the time involved by Waikato DHB staff in producing specification documents and gathering approvals. “Gallagher gives us a complete and total security package that is expandable and easy to manage,” said Wilson. “We are confident that a high-standard of security is being consistently applied across our sites for the safety of our staff, patients, and visitors.”
To reduce the overhead of full-scale manufacturing facilities, a popular practice among design companies and large-scale brand name organisations is to outsource all, or a portion, of their manufacturing operations to specialised contract manufacturers. Using this approach, organisations reduce or eliminate the expenses of specialised engineering labour, equipment maintenance, inventory carrying costs, and product testing facilities while increasing efficiencies such as speed of project delivery and volume of throughput. Based in Cornwall, Ontario, Canadian electronics contract manufacturer, SigmaPoint Technologies, Inc., provides full turnkey, end-to-end assembly services for highly-complex electronic products, and specialises in the Radio Frequency (RF) industry. Customers simply submit their project specifications and design and SigmaPoint sells the customer the components and assembles the finished products. The company relies heavily on a unique high-tech approach using SigmaTrack (a proprietary full-scale Intranet application suite). The state-of-the-art paperless system is used to drive production, quality, supply chain, engineering, sales and reporting. The suite resides on an Adobe ColdFusion MX-enabled web server that further handles all web-based communication. This company-wide network allows employees to communicate interdepartmentally, as well as with customers and suppliers. Improving efficiency and automating job cost tracking SigmaPoint wanted to improve efficiency and automate job cost tracking to more effectively allocate resources for future projects down to the job level" While SigmaPoint provides high-quality engineering manufacturing services, the company had been unable to quantify whether their employee resources were optimally allocated. SigmaPoint employee time and attendance records had been handled manually, with employees turning in manually-recorded, paper timesheets on a bi-weekly basis. This manual system did not allow SigmaPoint to automate timesheet collection via SigmaTrack or keep accurate records on employee time spent on each manufacturing project, and on which tasks. The company needed a system to facilitate data analysis and summarization for estimating future jobs. According to Adam Lauzon, Applications Developer, SigmaPoint, “SigmaPoint wanted to improve efficiency and automate job cost tracking to more effectively allocate resources for future projects down to the job level, and more importantly, to determine more accurate project quotes.” Cost-effective solution to use with existing ID cards Working with Ron Fiedler, Sales Manager of HID Connect Partner, RF IDeas, Inc., Adam specified a simple, cost-effective solution able to piggyback on their existing employee ID card and support future high-frequency RFID technology applications growth—without requiring custom RFID interfacing software programming. To meet this need, SigmaPoint selected RF IDeas’ AIR ID Log-on solution, coupled with HID iCLASS Contactless Smart Adhesive Tags. For improved efficiency and automation, SigmaPoint’s applications developer designed new applications enabled by RF IDeas’ AIR ID Log-on solution with iCLASS tags. They include: A new SigmaTrack Time and Attendance module to automate accurate recording; and Accu-Quote, the new SigmaTrack module responsible for seamless capture of work order labour. SigmaPoint has a contactless smart card with industry-standard encryption technology, reducing the risk of compromised data and duplicate tags To use the new system, the SigmaPoint administrator applies a coin-sized, disk-shaped, self-adhesive HID iCLASS transponder to each employee’s plastic photo ID, laminating it within the card. Instantly, SigmaPoint has a contactless smart card with industry-standard encryption technology, reducing the risk of compromised data and duplicate tags. Enhanced security with 125 kHz proximity technology Additionally, the durable iCLASS tag’s passive, no-battery design allows for an estimated minimum of 100,000 reads. Because they are strong, flexible and resistant to cracking and breaking, SigmaPoint’s investment in iCLASS Adhesive Tags is a solid one. Securely separated application areas in the iCLASS Tags are each protected by 64-bit diversified read/write keys adding enhanced security that would not have been possible with standard 125 kHz proximity technology. Next, using RF IDeas’ AIR ID Writer and AIR ID Card Manager software, the administrator enters each user’s unique SigmaTrack UserID into a secure application area of the iCLASS Tag, automatically encrypting the employee ID data. Using this new system, it is no longer necessary for employees to remember, or even be aware of, their own ID numbers, providing a more secure defence for corporate assets and information. The plug-and-play AIR ID Playback readers simply connect to the employee entrance terminals via USB ‘keyboard wedges’. Automatically tracking over-time, holidays The system also provides SigmaPoint with the capability to automatically track overtime, double-time, holidays and vacation time For capturing work order labour, the Accu-Quote module of SigmaTrack makes the time spent on each element of each project trackable, from the minute the employee logs into the work centre on the production floor. The system also provides SigmaPoint with the capability to automatically track overtime, double-time, holidays and vacation time. All this valuable data is stored in a central database that can be used for sophisticated management reporting. Plus, the timesheet data can be exported to SigmaPoint’s human resources software package. Together, the two systems enable SigmaPoint to determine the most efficient manner to allocate its resources, and correct potential slowdown areas critical to a project’s success. Monitoring employees’ productivity SigmaPoint is now able to automate tracking employee time and attendance records and monitor productivity/time allocation to individual manufacturing projects, streamlining operations. In addition, SigmaPoint upgraded to the benefits of 13.56 MHz iCLASS contactless smart credentials without having to re-badge all its employees, and may consider scalable future applications. SigmaPoint did not have to migrate a database to the new system because it was backwards compatible with the legacy employee ID database. Based on the success of the initial deployment, SigmaPoint soon plans to roll out similar solutions in two of their other facilities, a warehouse and RF testing centre.
While 15 million passengers travel through Auckland Airport every year already, this number is anticipated to grow rapidly in the upcoming years. The Ground Transportations Plan was redesigned to ensure that service levels required meet the demands of the many passengers. To offer extremely reliable, fast and secure access to all ground transport vehicles, Nedap’s TRANSIT and MOOV were installed. Auckland Airport is the major connection between the world and 'the land of the long white cloud'. Over 70% of visitors enter or leave New Zealand via Auckland Airport, which handles over 19 million passengers a year. More than 20 international airlines serve Auckland Airport, Australasia’s third busiest international airport, after Sydney. As New Zealand's major transport hub, Auckland Airport is continually developing the capacity and services to ensure it will sustainably cope with an anticipated 40 million passengers a year by 2044, reflecting New Zealand’s growing popularity as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations. The Ground Transportations Plan was redesigned to ensure that service levels required meet passenger demands Nedap TRANSIT readers In response to this expected growth, the Ground Transportations Plan was redesigned to ensure that service levels required meet passenger demands. All ground transport vehicles (such as taxis, tour buses, emergency services and other commercial vehicles) are automatically registered by the TRANSIT as they pass through the restricted areas, only accessible for authorised vehicles using Nedap’s compact tags. Each transport vehicle is identified up to 10 meters by Nedap’s TRANSIT readers. As soon as the vehicle approaches this high-end vehicle identification reader, the vehicle is automatically identified, ensuring a fast and secure traffic flow without any congestion. A wide variety of vehicles of different heights are accurately identified in each lane, which is key for any transaction-based charging solution. MOOV VMC system The TRANSIT readers are connected to Nedap’s MOOV VMC system. The MOOV VMC offers an independent control system that registers and records each transaction. The MOOV VMC application controls the entire vehicle access to the restricted Ground Transport areas. The MOOV VMC Lite is connected to the existing barriers on site The MOOV VMC Lite is connected to the existing barriers on site. Nedap’s TRANSIT readers and controllers are installed at the entrance and exit to the taxi, and bus holding area. In addition, each vehicle entering and existing the domestic and international terminals are registered using the Nedap TRANSIT and MOOV VMC system. Each controller is connected to a central web application. A service portal is available to monitor the status of each controller for each location, enabling easy remote management and control. Global airport applications Martyn Brewer, Commercial Manager Ground Transportation at Auckland Airport, says: “The Nedap Transit system provides a reliable solution for access by a large fleet of commercial vehicles. Auckland Airport is embracing new innovative technology and the Nedap solution is a direct example of leading solutions.” Nedap’s TRANSIT has proven itself world-wide in airport applications, where security and fast identification are the key to ensuring traffic flow in the airport. Extremely reliable identification is the basis for transaction-based payment processing. The TRANSIT readers and MOOV vehicle management controllers record over 30.000 transactions per month. GroundTransport is the leading traffic management solution that allows operators to manage traffic flow for taxis, limousines and buses GroundTransport system Each transaction with exact date and time is transferred to Advam’s GroundTransport system for payment processing of each transaction. GroundTransport is the leading traffic management solution that allows operators to manage traffic flow for taxis, limousines and buses. It facilitates the entry, exit and tolling of ground transport vehicles, whilst easing congestion and improving the overall passenger experience. The account-based solution allows drivers to register online and self-manage their funds. Once registered, drivers can seamlessly enter, exit and pay for access to nominated ground transport areas. The GroundTransport system receives the data on each transaction from the Nedap’s vehicle management controllers and Nedap’s TRANSIT system enabling the airport to easily manage the traffic flow and provide an automated solution for ground transport vehicles. Secured vehicle access Next to the Ground Transport application, Nedap’s TRANSIT readers are also installed at the airport to facilitate automatic long range secured vehicle access to restricted areas of the airport. The TRANSIT readers are integrated into the existing access control system provided by CEM. Authorised vehicles use a Window Button to get access to the restricted zone. The system has been supplied by ISCS New Zealand, Nedap’s distribution partner in New Zealand.
HID proposed using UHF tagging solutions that would prove as tough as the kegs themselves A wholly owned subsidiary of the world’s fourth largest brewer, Carlsberg UK brews over 1 billion pints of beer annually. Driven by “Thirst for Great” – a shared passion to continuously raise the bar and do better – Carlsberg believes that, in addition to quality products, a winning route to market is about understanding profit drivers by channel and geography, and integrating this insight into business planning. This is why Carlsberg is the only national brewer in the UK with its own distribution network, transporting kegged and bottled beverages from two main breweries in Northampton and Leeds to 16 distribution sites serving 15,000 pub, restaurant and retail customers across England, Scotland and Wales. Kegspertise tracking and reporting solutions Kegspertise Keg & Cask Optimisation assists Carlsberg UK in paving their winning route to market. Kegspertise tracking and reporting solutions aim to optimise beverage container and fleet management for the brewing industry, enhancing the bottom line for brewers and those in the brewing supply chain. HID Global is a worldwide leader in UHF RFID technology, which is emerging as the most efficient and effective solution for tagging and tracking kegs and casks. By tapping HID products, solutions and expertise, Kegspertise is helping redefine the potential of container management for Carlsberg. Kegs and casks have been essential to the brewing industry for as long as long as ale has been produced. Carlsberg UK owns and maintains a fleet of hundreds of thousands of kegs, used for storing and distributing over 100 brands of lager, ale and cider. With new kegs costing $100 to $125 each (£60 to £75), this represents a significant investment. The average keg is built to deliver 20 to 40 years of service, notwithstanding harsh treatment – from filling, to distribution, to stacking in inventory, to dispensing at the local pub, collection and return to the brewery, through rigorous cleansing and sterilisation, then back to the fill line to start again. Rough handling and temperature extremes during each fill-to-fill cycle can result in keg damage, and damaged kegs deliver inferior product. In addition, keg populations are subject to theft – and stolen kegs can deliver no product at all. Managing fleet population Neil Harrison, head of primary logistics at Carlsberg UK, is responsible for getting finished product to market, which includes ensuring a steady stream of returnable containers are available to meet production, while ample product is in the field to fulfill demand. “Management of the container population has a profound impact on all brewery activities and requires input from the key areas of finance, quality, planning as well as packaging”, he says. “However, critical decisions must be made on a daily basis by making assumptions derived from limited samples, and extrapolated over the larger population.” Despite increasing investment in container fleets, most breweries still manage their fleet population using traditional manual processes Despite increasing investment in container fleets, most breweries still manage their fleet population using traditional manual processes. Individuals are dispatched into warehouses and yards with pencils and paper to manually audit keg fleets and assess conditions. This hand-count method enables the sampling of a mere 0.5 percent of the container population, and is prone to errors in recording and transcription. Barcode and scanner systems More recently, Carlsberg UK and Kegspertise tested the use of barcodes to identify each keg, readable in line-of-sight with handheld scanners. Faster and more accurate than manual counts, barcoding enabled them to increase sampling to approximately 5 percent of their keg population. However, even with larger sample sizes, there were often significant discrepancies between reported inventories and what was actually in the field. What’s more, the barcode system still proved labour-intensive, requiring the dispatch of numerous personnel armed with visual scanners into warehouse yards, exposed widely fluctuating year-round weather conditions. Further, barcode labels were rendered unreadable after just a few passes through the cleaning, sterilisation and other rigors of the fill-to-fill cycle. “We don’t treat kegs with much respect in the UK,” said Andy Dorr, managing director and founder of Kegspertise, and Chairman of Keg & Cask committee of the Brewing, Food & Beverage Industry Suppliers Association the UK. “Each keg is filled and emptied hundreds of times, while in between it is bounced from brewery, to trolley, to truck, to warehouse; stacked and restacked; exposed to every imaginable weather condition, not to mention a cleaning and sterilisation process that approaches 200° F (90 C°). Still, each keg is expected to last 20 to 40 years.” HID Global Keg Tag Carlsberg UK’s introduction of Somersby Cold Filtered Cider coincided with Kegspertise’s recommendation to consider UHF tags and readers, and provided the perfect opportunity to test system capabilities. In addition to durability, UHF transponders were required that can deliver reliable readability when surrounded by metal industrial fixtures and equipment, not to mention the metal kegs themselves. Each truck passes through reader portals, allowing simultaneous identification of up to 672 kegs Kegspertise recruited the industrial logistics expertise of HID Global. HID proposed UHF tagging solutions that would prove as tough as the kegs themselves, and that promised to significantly improve data collection speed and accuracy for Carlsberg UK. “We tried and tested many tags from many companies,” remarked Dorr. “The appropriately-named HID Global Keg Tag proved stout where other tags fizzled out.” HID Global Keg Tag transponders demonstrated near 100 percent readability, no matter what was thrown at them. A unique HID Keg Tag transponder was securely welded onto each of the 45,000 new kegs in the Somersby fleet. HID UHF technology for comprehensive reporting UHF technology from HID mixed with Kegspertise data management capabilities serves Carlsberg UK with comprehensive, real time reporting. “We have the status and location of virtually every keg in the Somersby Cider fleet at our fingertips,” said Harrison. “Data reporting depth, quality and immediacy are yielding unprecedented insight into potential areas for cost-savings and operational improvements.” Marie Glotz, Vice President of Sales for HID Global Industry & Logistics, advised, “To track containers within the walls of the production facility, a number of high frequency or low frequency RFID alternatives from our portfolio could have proven effective. However, considering the vast majority of the keg population is away from the brewery – in transport, in storage, and on customer sites – UHF is the only solution that could reliably and accurately track the entire fleet and their contents.” Even with up to 80 percent of the Somersby fleet away from the brewery at any given time, Carlsberg UK tracks each cider keg through the supply chain at every stage of the fill-to-fill cycle. The production team can ensure available containers meet fill requirements, and inventories can supply demand. Finance can better manage fleet ROI, using precise population totals and loss counts to substantiate keg maintenance and replacement investment. Marketing can more effectively monitor product flow and identify trends. The UHF-based system streamlines compliance with customs and excise rules that require separate populations of kegs for cider and for beer. More accurate measurement of residual cider in returned containers optimises tax reclaims, amounting to millions of dollars in annual recoupment. "We have realised huge savings in fleet management costs. Plus, the data reporting from fill-to-fill is real time and exceptional" Anti-collision and simultaneous identification Carlsberg UK deployed these enhanced capabilities with negligible disruption to established keg handling and distribution processes. Brewery employees execute their duties as they did prior to system deployment, while strategically placed UHF readers track and report on every container. For example, trucks loaded with Somersby Cider kegs roll through security checkpoints when leaving the brewing facility and when arriving at key points of distribution. However, today each truck passes through reader portals where anti-collision technology in HID Keg Tag transponders allows simultaneous identification of up to 672 kegs on a single truckload. To the dockworkers, truck drivers and checkpoint guards, it’s business as usual, while management has an accurate accounting of each keg in the fleet. “The biggest hurdle to adopting the UHF tracking system was upfront costs, which can be significantly higher than traditional methods,” admitted Harrison. “But we have realised huge savings in fleet management costs. Plus, the data reporting from fill-to-fill is real time and exceptional.” With the quality of the results to our cider operation, it didn’t take us long to begin tagging each new keg as they come in. We’ve already tagged an additional 35,000 beer kegs, and are investigating extending the program across other container types.”
ACTpro 4000 two-door controllers can extend to 16 doors via ACTpro door stations CBES have installed IP access control systems from ACT at Asda stores and distribution centres across the UK. The roll-out has already covered 500 sites all of which are networked to Asda’s corporate headquarters in Leeds.ACTpro 4000 door controllersAsda are benefiting from ACTpro 4000 two-door controllers which can extend to 16 doors via ACTpro door stations. In turn, up to 250 of the controllers can be networked via a PC interface. The ACT hardware offers low bandwidth and auto-discovery for easy installation and maintenance, alongside features such as timed anti-passback and counting areas.The Asda sites are using ACT’s software platform, ACTpro Enterprise, which distinguishes between different user types such as installer, security guard or system administrator so as to factor out accidental system changes and minimise maintenance. ACTpro Enterprise gives users a familiar web-browser experience using hyperlinks, ‘backwards’ and ‘forwards’ buttons and powerful search functionality.MIFARE contactless smart cardTypically, an Asda staff member might present their MIFARE contactless smart card to a reader in order to access a secure area of the site. The ACT software then grants or denies access according to the user’s privileges which can be defined according to seniority, job profile, time of day and day of the week. "The ACT software has allowed uniformity by being able to function with Asda’s existing smart cards" Asda managers are benefiting from integration of access control with CCTV and intercoms through use of the Sky-Walker Integration Platform from Belgian developer Entelec which manages disparate data types to provide a true PSIM system. At a large site such as a distribution centre, a staff member seeking an access privilege outside their user profile in terms of location or time of day might identify themselves through intercom and receive instructions. Similarly, the Entelec software can trigger CCTV recording in an unusual situation.IP-enabled building management systemRob Cox of CBES, said: “The main benefits for Asda are central monitoring from headquarters and integration of access control with CCTV and any other IP-enabled building management system in use at the stores. Crucially, the ACT software has allowed uniformity by being able to function with Asda’s existing smart cards. This has produced both financial and time savings in terms of the intrinsic value of the cards themselves and the avoidance of any re-keying of data.”CBES operate in construction, security, mechanical & electrical and risk management. The company has also installed ACT access control systems at the £225m Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Kent. The CBES security systems division uses disciplines such as access control, CCTV, perimeter protection, intruder detection and security tagging. As well as retail and healthcare, the division is active in education and the automotive industry. CBES has won many RoSPA awards, is NACOSS Gold certificated and holds relevant BSI/ISO certification in all its operational areas.
The system enables secure proof-of-presence with frictionless authentication using HID Trusted Tag Services HID Global®, worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, recently announced it has been selected by CityPoint to streamline security and management systems for its 35-story office building used by thousands of people on a daily basis in London, UK. Securing CityPoint staff In partnership with MyTAG.io, HID Global’s cloud-based services and Near-Field Communication (NFC) tags were deployed to automate CityPoint’s paper-based system for tracking 220 physical keys; improve their security guard patrol of 295 checkpoints; and create a better solution for auditing billable contractor hours. CityPoint’s overall goal of the new system was to maintain the highest security standards to protect CityPoint staff, tenants, guests and assets, while ensuring seamless day-to-day operation of the building. Integrating key management, security patrol & contractor services The new cloud-based system combines MyTAG.io’s security management software with HID Trusted Tag® Services, and enables CityPoint to deploy the solution using their existing IT infrastructure along with standard NFC-enabled smartphones, tablets and NFC USB readers. The system integrates key management, security patrol and contractor services into a single interface to deliver more accurate and actionable information in real time. ”HID Trusted Tag Services enables secure proof-of-presence with frictionless cloud authentication, which is the ideal match for commercial and private real estate properties,” said Mike George, Managing Director of MyTAG.io. “With full integration into MyTAG.io, the opportunities are limitless to deploy proof-of-presence and other trusted NFC capabilities throughout CityPoint as their business needs continue to evolve.” "Technology and tenant needshave changed dramatically sincethis building first opened 50 yearsago, and CityPoint thrives todayby adapting quickly to change, whilestriving to operate our facilities atthe forefront of technology" HID Global’s NFC-enabled Epoxy Tag Keyfob transponders, Inlays and Labels, Poly Tag transponders and familiar ISO Card badges were deployed to identify assets, checkpoints and people throughout the facility. A simple tap was the only training needed to ensure effective system deployment, while HID Trusted Tag Services – in contrast to traditional NFC tags – also ensures each tap with an NFC smart device is secure, unique and impossible to clone. Most flexible line of NFC tags “The CityPoint solution required placement of unique identifiers at hundreds of points within the building and the surrounding grounds outside, in addition to equipping the staff and contractors,” said Mark Robinton, Director of Business Development, Identification Technologies with HID Global. “As part of our NFC continuum, HID Global offers the industry’s broadest, most flexible line of NFC tags, coupled with our innovative HID Trusted Tag Services. This made it possible to fulfill the diverse environmental and security requirements at CityPoint.” With the new solution, CityPoint has significantly reduced the amount of time and resources spent managing and replacing lost or stolen keys. Today, CityPoint can account for each key in real time, and they have access to historical issuance and return activities to better understand which keys are in demand. Patrolling security guards now tap each tour checkpoint with their NFC-enabled smartphone, providing more timely and detailed reporting. As a result,CityPoint has reported an increase in efficiency based on digital tracking, which has reduced the time it takes for each individual security patrol. CityPoint has also noted improvement in the management of their contract employee partners, where more precise, auditable time and attendance ensures CityPoint is paying only for services rendered, and contractors are ensured fair compensation for work completed. “Technology and tenant needs have changed dramatically since this building first opened 50 years ago, and CityPoint thrives today by adapting quickly to change, while striving to operate our facilities at the forefront of technology,” said Lee Murray, CityPoint Building Manager. “MyTAG.io showed us how their solutions, integrated with NFC technology from HID Global, could enhance the accuracy and efficiency across our key management, security guard patrol and contract management functions -- all using a common platform.”