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In Dunwoody, Ga., Police Use RFID to Open Gates
More than 30 gated communities in the city are installing technology to ensure that police vehicles that arrive at locked gates can obtain automatic entrance.
Aug 19, 2015—
When officers of the Dunwoody Police Department, in Georgia, respond to calls in their city, there is a good chance that the individual in need of help will live in one of the area’s 30-plus gated communities. Until now, an officer needed to refer to a list of access codes, find the numerical code for a specific locked gate, and enter that code manually into the gate’s keypad. Often they found that the gate’s access code had been changed but the list had not been updated accordingly. Therefore, while a victim of a medical emergency, domestic violence or a robbery may be awaiting assistance, officers have needed to get creative to gain entrance through the gate, says Timothy Fecht, the Dunwoody police department’s public information officer.
The solution to the problem is being installed in all gated communities in Dunwoody, in observance of the city’s new Emergency Vehicles Access to Gated Communities ordinance, which requires the installation of an active RFID system known as SOS Silent. The technology, provided by a company called Siren Operated Sensor (SOS), ensures officers can gain entrance automatically via a battery-powered RFID tag in their vehicle, and a receiver integrated in the gate locking system.
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