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RFID Opens the Door for Residents at Multiple Sclerosis Housing Facility

Australia's MS Queensland Youngcare is using an RFID system from N.A.S.A. Electronic Security Systems to enable its wheelchair-bound residents to enter and leave their units and public areas, hands-free.
By Claire Swedberg
Dec 18, 2017

Wheelchair-bound residents at Australian non-profit home-care facility Albany Creek Apartments are employing radio frequency identification technology to access rooms and enclosed areas, hands-free. The system, provided by N.A.S.A. Electronic Security Systems and ISCS Brisbane, was taken live in July of this year, using Nedap Identification Systems' uPASS fixed UHF RFID readers and software built into an ICT WX Protege controller.

Albany Creek Apartments is a joint venture between two organizations: MS Queensland, a facility dedicated to assisting those with multiple sclerosis, and Youngcare, which helps find housing solutions for young people with high needs.

The new apartments provide high-care housing for adults under the age of 65 who might otherwise be placed in less appropriate facilities, such as nursing-care centers at which most residents are elderly. Those residing at the facility have multiple sclerosis (MS), which leaves them confined to wheelchairs with limited mobility. Therefore, the seemingly simple task of passing through closed doors poses a challenge. Historically, when residents moved through gates and doorways, they required the manual assistance of personal helpers pushing their wheelchairs, This, of course, meant the patients were completely reliant on the helpers any time they wanted to move from one area to another.

The Albany Creek Apartments housing complex, built this year, is dedicated to being an atypical type of facility, says Norman Larden, N.A.S.A. Electronic Security Systems' managing director. The new center is designed to feature greater autonomy for its young residents. There are eight units, each of which accommodates a single resident or family.

N.A.S.A. Electronic Security Systems is a Brisbane-based security systems division of Australasian Intercom Systems. Three years ago, the company opted to launch a UHF RFID-based access-control system to offer to its customers. It selected a solution developed by ISCS Brisbane, Larden says, and acquired training for installation and servicing from Murray Cooper, ISCS's technical sales director. Since completing Cooper's training, the security company has installed the technology for corporations such as MS Queensland, using the Nedap RFID reader system. "N.A.S.A. now only uses and works with ISCS Brisbane technicians and products exclusively," Larden says, "due to the product quality and technical support offered by ISCS Brisbane."

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