Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Prioritizing Resident Satisfaction: RFID in Gated Communities


Why do people choose to live in gated communities?
 
According to one study, since the 1970s the number of gated residential communities in the United States has increased drastically[i] and continues to grow.

People choose to reside in gated communities for added security and peace of mind, not to mention superior property values. An exceptional gated system alone can increase the value of a single-family home by $50,000 or more.[ii]
 
Evidently, as the American population expands, the housing market has experienced a concurrent demand for properties in gated residential areas.

What are potential drawbacks associated with living in a gated community?

Frustrated residents are dissatisfied residents
Nevertheless, there can be certain inconveniences associated with gated communities, both for residents and property managers. For instance, entry gates that require users to manually punch in a key code, or stop while a guard verifies their ID, can be both frustrating and time consuming. The practice of stopping a vehicle or rolling down a window can even pose a safety risk in some circumstances, for example, when returning home late at night.

Especially during busy hours, vehicle queues can stretch off the property and into the street. Residents may get frustrated trying to enter their own community. Furthermore, any gated community conscious of its environmental impact knows that lines of idling vehicles will have an adverse impact on its carbon footprint.

A better solution provides convenient, hands-free access for residents
From a management perspective, the need to stop a vehicle for manual entry can greatly increase maintenance and damage costs. Cars are far more likely to run into entrance bollards if the driver is forced to present an ID or type in a code through the window. Long wait lines tempt drivers to “tailgate,” or follow an authorized vehicle closely through a gate to save time. More often than not, this practice results in clipped gates that can take a long time to repair. All of these costs, of course, increase expenses and decrease resident satisfaction.

How can RFID benefit both the residents and managers of a gated community?

Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, offers a streamlined solution to these common challenges. A system of RFID Readers and Tags (transponders) allow a vehicle to approach an entry point, have its credential automatically verified, and trigger the gate to open—without even stopping the car. Integrated with a gated community’s existing access system, an RFID solution can:

1.       Eliminate the need for security guards at entry/exit points
2.       Offer residents hands-free, secure vehicle access
3.       Result in exponentially more efficient vehicle throughput, especially during busy hours
4.       Allow managers a greater measure of oversight and control
5.       Reduce annual damages to gate systems
6.       Offer separate lanes for visitors and authorized residents, streamlining access for both
7.       Virtually eliminate tailgating

For these reasons and more, RFID is an exceptional solution for gated community applications. As the number of Americans living in gated communities continues to grow, demand for such systems will, too.

To learn more about how an RFID solution can work for your gated community and see examples, visit www.TagMasterNA.com, or call the TagMaster Team at 253-238-1421.


[i] Chris E McGoey, www.crimedoctor.com
[ii] Ibid.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

TagMaster North America Delivers RFID Readers PoE Capable


Tacoma, WA | June, 2016 — TagMaster North America, Inc., the leading provider of long-range, high performance Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems for Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) and access control, now provides the capability to use a single Ethernet connection for the installation of TagMaster long-range UHF and Microwave Readers.
 
TagMaster North America always strives to explore the possibilities provided by current and emerging technology.  They have successfully tested the installation of a TagMaster RFID Reader with the use of the “Passive Power over Ethernet” (POE) Kit, using a single Ethernet cable that does it all: power the Reader and provide TCP/IP connectivity for access control.
In a normal configuration, the RFID Reader uses individual connections for power, network connectivity, and access interfaces.  However, with a TagMaster Reader connected via the Passive POE Kit and used in conjunction with TagMaster’s ACTS (Access Control Tracking System) in a TCP/IP configuration, only the Ethernet cable is needed.  This capability is available for the XT-3 UHF Reader as well as the LR-6 Microwave Reader.
Why use an Ethernet cable over other options? No power where the Reader needs to be installed?  Through the use of only an Ethernet connection, the power source for the Reader can be reached up to 328 feet (100m) away!  This eliminates the time and expense of having to install additional electrical power near the reader.  Being able to set up a Reader within a 328ft range opens up installation options that may not have been possible before.  Also, running an Ethernet cable typically does not require a qualified electrician.
Power supplied over Ethernet connection is achieved with a dedicated power source.  With this dedicated source, the Reader is less susceptible to power overloads, under-powered situations and incorrect installation, further ensuring the already dependable TagMaster North America Reader’s operation.
Ali Khaskar, President of TagMaster North America, explained, “Cabling is a regular concern when speaking with planners and installers.  Sometimes, the greatest expense of time and cost for a project is having to run multiple cables!”  Being able to use a single industry standard Ethernet cable that handles data, power and access control with a TCP/IP configuration definitely helps reduce or eliminate this concern.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

June 2016 – Country Clubs & Gated Communities

The warm weather of summer is finally here! Gated communities and country clubs across the nation are anticipating a great season of golf, poolside relaxation, and members gathering to spend time with friends and family. For many Americans, the local country club offers an escape from the rigors of daily life; however, as pastimes like golf become increasingly popular, clubs face the dual challenge of parking and vehicle access control as they strive to meet rising seasonal demand.

Many gated communities have private pools for resident-use only, while clubs boast separate pool, golf, tennis, and administrative/maintenance areas. For these reasons, along with a rising demand for parking during the summer months, it is especially crucial for community and club personnel to manage parking lots and access control.

How can club personnel provide the highest level of member and employee satisfaction without sacrificing the security and convenience that patrons expect? The answer lies in Automatic Vehicle Identification, or AVI. TagMaster North America, the world leader in RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), has provided powerful and reliable AVI solutions for over a decade. Gated communities and country clubs are just two types of installations that have benefitted from deploying such solutions at their sites.

Here’s how AVI works:

When a vehicle equipped with an RFID Tag (transponder) approaches an entrance gate or barrier, an RFID Reader at the checkpoint automatically verifies the Tag’s credentials. If authenticated successfully, the gate opens immediately, without any need for the driver to roll down the window or stop the vehicle. This system ensures that only authorized entrants are allowed access, and optimizes parking management and security.

Country Club Benefits Using TagMaster’s AVI solutions:
1.       Parking management optimization throughout different lots
2.       Improved member satisfaction leading to increased memberships for the next season
3.       No additional costs or time added to installation because of site licensing
4.       Reduced carbon emissions and vehicle queues
5.       Only authorized club members will be granted access into private areas
6.       Consistent reliability in all weather conditions
7.       Semi-permanent and permanent Tag options for seasonal members

Gated Community Benefits Using TagMaster’s AVI solutions:
1.       Safer and more secure environment for homeowners
2.       Monitored, protected access 24/7
3.       Easy, hands-free access for residents at all times; no need to roll down a window or stop at gate
4.       Authorized residents only will be granted access to private areas
5.       Visitors are attended to in a more timely fashion, reducing vehicle queues while ensuring a visitor gets to their correct destination within the community
6.       Multiple Tag (transponder) options for discreet, tamper-proof placement to ensure integrity of vehicles.

Thousands of partners around the world depend on TagMaster’s RFID AVI solutions. Stay ahead of the curve this summer—ask about TagMaster AVI!

Please visit us at www.TagMasterNA.com, and stay connected on social media.

Monday, June 6, 2016

TCO Part 10 of 10: Choose an RFID System That Will Stand the Test of Time

Over the last two weeks, our ten-part mini-series has outlined many of the pitfalls to avoid when choosing an RFID system, and explained why TagMaster’s RFID solution offers an exceptionally low Total Cost of Ownership.

Remember that up-front hardware costs are not the only factor to consider when thinking about how well an RFID solution will serve you or your customers in the long run.

Don’t forget:
·         System installation and site licensing
·         Hardware quality
·         Ease of Tag fulfillment
·         System integration
·         Vehicle entry/exit times
·         Maintenance costs
·         Project deployment timeline
·         Software functionality

We know that your reputation as an installer is on the line every time you start a new project. That’s why TagMaster North America has gained the trust of over 320 installers, integrators, and OEM partners since inception. To find out how our RFID solutions can work for you, please call 253-238-1421, or visit us at www.tagmasterna.com.