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Employment Services Agency Identifies Personnel and Assets Unobtrusively
Two years after installing a security system that uses ID cards with EPC Gen 2 RFID tags, the company plans further expansion.
Oct 05, 2009—Two years after installing an extensive RFID system to track the security and movements of personnel and visitors within its headquarters, one of the world's largest employment services agencies is hoping to expand the system to other areas, such as payroll—by tracking individuals' hours based on the time he or she was in the facility—and locating documents and assets, according to Dretison Technologies, the system's provider.
The agency began seeking security solutions for its planned new facility while still headquartered in a nearby suburb. With the company's plans to move to the downtown area of the city, the building was bound to face greater security challenges. Although the site might require more security than was needed at its prior location (due to higher amounts of foot-traffic and increased crime rates in the area), the building itself—with 1,300 employees and hundreds of visitors each day—needed to have an open-door quality as well.
In the past, the company had used a security system in which staff members presented an RFID ID badge to a reader installed at a building entrance, which then unlocked the door and allowed that person to enter. The problem, according to Dretison, was that it enabled "tailgaters"—individuals who walked in behind an authorized employee and entered the building without the knowledge of the firm's management. The employment agency, Dretison says, also did not want a system that would require authorized parties to stop and present a card before the door would unlock. Such a process was time-consuming for employees, and would be discouraging for guests lacking ID badges.
Therefore, the employment agency sought a technological solution that would allow authorized individuals to walk through the front door without being stopped, while immediately detecting anyone not carrying a valid ID badge. What's more, the company did not want the technology involved to be noticeable, in order to ensure it maintained a friendly, open quality. The firm also wanted to be able to capture data that would allow it to track traffic behavior or the movements of individuals into, out of and within the building.
The result, according to Jeff Renison, Dretison's president, is an expansive system with RFID readers at 54 doorways—at entrances to such locations as server rooms, offices and the cafeteria, as well as two elevators and a parking garage. The system, he says, went live in September 2007 and took several months to be installed, employing interrogators from Alien Technology and Applied Wireless Identifications (AWID).
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