Albis signals gate access control with active RFID for restricted areas

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Updated Jul 28, 2011

A new active RFID-based standalone solution for ensuring sensitive and controlled areas, where access is strictly limited, are secured against unauthorized entry has been launched by Albis Technologies, a manufacturer and developer of electronic products and solutions.

Albis’ Zone Monitoring & Find (Zomofi) Division has developed the Gate Access Management solution, embracing active RFID technology, for particular ease of deployment in the retail and wholesale sector where doors and gates to warehouses, storage areas and stock rooms need to be rigidly controlled in terms of where, when and to whom access is granted. The solution allows this to be achieved without the need to present an access card directly to a reader; as the controller operates on variable distances of several meters, there are no waiting periods, and restrictions can be prevented, optimizing the workflow of staff in terms of reliability and time, Albis says.

The Zomofi Z-Tag transponders are available in different versions – both for standard or ruggedized applications. As they are hands-free portable devices, the badges can be worn in any form – as a bracelet or on a lanyard, or be carried as a card, either displayed or concealed in a pocket or bag. Whatever the chosen form factor, once in range of the reader, signals are instantly sent to the S3135-H110 Z-Controller reader for granting access. The system operates under a standalone “control and signal” transmission process where authorized personnel or vehicles are permitted passage. Anyone else is automatically flagged up as “access denied.” The reading devices have a switching interface for controlling automatic doors, and settings can be configured to suit the necessary access requirements. In addition, authorized personnel can be registered at multiple stations, with several 100 people or vehicles per station.

Albis says the Zomofi system allows for a fully automated operation and integrates easily with existing automatic gates and doors without the requirement for any retrofit. In addition, the system has been designed as the fast and cost-effective option when replacing less secure or unreliable partially manually operated systems, such as paddle mechanisms, threshold controls or overhead suspension lines. And for gate and door manufacturers, the Zomofi solution provides a complete system for integration to suit manufacturers’ specific customer requirements, the company says.

As the system also functions at optimum level at sub-zero temperatures and in hazardous areas, people safety and accident prevention also can be enhanced through options to install readers for monitoring staff who spend time in potentially perilous areas. These include retailers’ walk-in freezer rooms, where temperatures of up to -20 degrees Celsius can endanger lives. In addition, improved logistics operations, delivery and counter service can all be enhanced by the installation of the solution, which entirely removes instances of customers or suppliers accessing areas without permission, Albis says.