The ability to control access for people both when they are on foot and when they are driving a vehicle offers great benefits in many applications. Achieving this using the same electronic ID card for both applications offers simpler management and reduces cost.
If each authorised member of staff or customer is issued with an electronic ID card (proximity card or smart card) to allow them access to secured areas within a building or installation, it can be possible to allow them to use the same card to authorise the entry of their vehicle onto the site or into the car park. In addition, their vehicle can be registered on the access control system to prevent unauthorised vehicles from entering or leaving the site.
This is made possible by using a Nedap Transit booster in the vehicle. The booster is essentially an RF identity tag that is fitted to the inside of the windscreen of the vehicle, where it can be detected at distances of up to 10 metres by the Transit reader located near to the entry gate or barrier.
The booster has a unique identity that can be read by the reader and then validated. In addition, the driver can insert their electronic ID card into the booster so that its identity can be read and forwarded to the reader. In this way the access control system can check both the vehicle and driver identities before deciding whether or not to open the gate or barrier.
Once the vehicle is parked, the authorised person can remove their card from the booster and carry it with them so that they can use it to access restricted areas within the building by presenting it to standard card readers at the appropriate entry points (doors or turnstiles).