11 June 2013

The Nedap uPass: the answer to vehicle access control headaches

Vehicle control has long been a headache for businesses large and small. 

The challenge is multi-faceted, says Ingo Mutinelli, national sales manager for Elvey Security Technologies: how to facilitate the smooth passage of vehicles on and off business premises quickly and effectively while in no way compromising on security.

Traditional tag-to-reader systems have their limitations.  While they can be configured to grant access to employees, the only way of dealing with visitors is to dedicate a separate lane to them, avers Mr Mutinelli.  Other systems also have their shortcomings.  Some require the reader to be fitted into the tarmac or paving so that it can read the ring tags attached to the under-carriages of vehicles.  “This means digging trenches in the tarmac to install the readers and then every so often digging them up again for maintenance, which is far from ideal.”

The ideal solution would be able to identify vehicles and drivers automatically before granting them access.  But surely this is the system of the future?

Not so, says a delighted Mr Mutinelli.  “The future has arrived!  Elvey is excited to announce to building managers, security installers, integrators and specifiers the arrival of the Nedap uPass, a revolutionary, durable solution for hands-free vehicle access control.”

While the Nedap uPass operates much as a conventional access control reader, it offers a read range unmatched in the industry, he points out.  This is the result of its long-range, passive ultra high frequency (UHF) card, which, when placed in the direct line of sight, can be identified up to 4 meters away, thereby allowing for hands-free access for approved users.

What makes this product really exciting, he continues, is its compatibility with Impro access control systems.  “Nedap’s portfolio contains a variety of combi cards designed to combine UHF with conventional card technologies,” he explains.  “When connected to the Impro controllers, they will search the data base for matches to the embedded codes on the tags.   On finding a match, the combi card will grant access to the driver without him having to open his window and present his tag to the reader.  What’s more, the tags are available in sticker form, allowing them to be stuck on to windscreens on the side where the pole-mounted readers are located, which will also speed up traffic flow.”

Embedded in the readers are high intensity red, greed, and blue LED’s, which provide users with visual feedback.  “Once a tag has been read and authorised, the green light will illuminate,” he says.  “Should access be denied, this will be indicated by the red LED light.”  Aside from its LED functionality, there is also a beeper function, both of which can be controlled by the access control panel or pre-configured.

The access control reader contains a patented antenna design, which Mr Mutinelli says is integrated in a compact, slim-line enclosure, making it ideal for mounting at a height of about 1.5 metres. The readers, which are IP65 rated, can be used outdoors as well as for indoor applications that require hands-free access.  Another important feature is the tamper switch, which will immediately indicate any attempt to gain unlawful access to the premises.   

Also worth mentioning, he continues, is the Transit Standard Reader, a long-range vehicle identification reader with built-in antenna.  “This allows for the automatic identification of AVI tags from a distance of 10 metres with a travelling speed of an astonishing 200 kilometres per hour,” he notes.  “And due to its long read-range, the reader can be installed well out of the reach of vandals.”

Other access control options are available which are ideally suited for high-risk environments requiring a heightened degree of security.  Mr Mutinelli explains: “Such environments typically require the identification of both the user and the vehicle in order for access to be granted.  This is easily done through the use of an access control tag which fits into a booster holder on the windscreen.  As the driver approaches the gate, he presses a button on the booster, which authenticates both the driver and the vehicle.  Once the driver has parked his car, he then removes his access tag from the booster and uses it to gain entry to the building”

Neither the employee nor his car can enter or leave the parking without both being correctly identified, he says, hence the suitability of the system for high risk environments such as cash-in-transit depots, government buildings, airports and petro-chemical plants.

“In our high-crime world, it’s comforting to know that there are innovative products available to streamline employee and visitor traffic on your premises while simultaneously ensuring the tightest levels of security,” he concludes.   


Prepared and Submitted by Priyesh Jagjivan

Elvey Security Technologies

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