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RFID Adds Intelligence to Cabinet Locking Solution

Accuride's Senseon Plus, designed for use by pharmacies, hospitals, veterinarians and retailers, allows companies to automate the locking and unlocking of cabinets, as well as control who accesses them and when.
By Claire Swedberg

The Senseon Plus solution also comes with a dual authentication feature, with which a company could require two individual card reads before granting access to a cabinet's contents. In that way, a system could be put in place so that individuals would not be able to remove an item surreptitiously, since a witness to that event would be required.

The discrete access feature enables a company to set up different access authority for specific parties. For instance, a manager could tap his or her card against the reader to unlock all cabinet doors. When one door was then opened, the others would automatically lock, but it could be unlocked again with another tap of the card. The system can also be set for delayed response, so that a user could request access and the lock would release only after that individual had time to walk from the reader to that specific cabinet door, thereby providing another level of security.

With Senseon Plus, Hicks says, the programming process has been designed to be faster, with the use of the handheld programmer. The user employs the touch screen to add other users, delete users or change other access rules, including the timing for auto-relock. The audit data could then be referenced against a company's surveillance video to identify what happened if an item were discovered to be missing.

The new solution was released in June 2019, and the first customers using the solution to date are retailers in the jewelry sector, as well as pharmacies. Another potential market for the technology is the cannabis industry, in which product is high in value and prone to theft. Several cannabis stores are now in discussions with the company to begin employing the Senseon Plus solution.

The original Senseon LF solution is still available for those wishing for a lower-cost locking-control system. The technology can be built directly into a user's existing cabinets, Hicks says, or companies can purchase the full cabinet and locking system from Accuride. This summer, Senseon won GlobalShop's ASID Design Impact Award at RetailX, held in Chicago.

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