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Accuride Brings RFID-enabled Access Control to Drawers

Retailers, hospitals and other companies are testing the firm's Senseon Secure Access system to restrict cabinet access to authorized parties.
By Claire Swedberg

Those currently testing the Senseon system include companies in the health-care, retail and residential markets, and the technology is also being tested in kitchens on railcars. Rewers describes a few common use cases, noting that in the health-care market, for example, locking drawers are used to prevent unauthorized parties from accessing narcotics or other medicines. In such a case, health-care workers with the badges could access the cabinets when they needed to. In retail, the system could be utilized in showcases displaying high-value products, and the cabinet itself would be aesthetically pleasing, without any visible keyholes or handles.

An automotive dealership is employing the technology in cabinets that store new vehicle keys, in order to ensure that they are closely managed, and that only authorized sales managers can access them. In a bank, the technology will be used to secure customer records stored in locked cabinets.

The Senseon RFID reader can be mounted to a cabinet's interior or exterior surface.
The company is currently taking orders, Rewers says, and is working to customize the system for each customer. "They can submit drawings to us," he adds, that can then be used to formulate the best solution for a particular piece of furniture. The readers are manufactured by Accuride, which obtains the badges and fobs from third-party suppliers.

Accuride's Greg Rewers
"The system is designed to be easy to install, easy to program and easy to use," Rewers states. The reader and locking mechanism have been tested for up to 50,000 locking cycles, so the RFID-enabled locking device is expected to have the same lifespan as the furniture.

The RFID-enabled access-control system can be used with integrated under-mount and side-mount slides, and can be ordered with several built-in functionalities: electronic touch release (which opens a cabinet or drawer at the touch of a hand), soft close (which shuts without being manually pushed closed), auto open (which opens instantly when an RFID badge is read) and standard operation (in which a user would need to pull the drawer or cabinet door open).

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