Wednesday, October 30, 2013

DoorKing and TagMaster NA Provide Access Solution for Cal Stripe

TagMaster AVI products and DoorKing Access Controllers allow for hands-free truck access.

TagMaster North America, Inc., the leading provider of long-range and high-performance Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems for Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI), was installed at the Cal Stripe maintenance yard in Colton, CA.

Cal Stripe, one of the line-painting contracts for the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), originally used manually operated gates that required truck drivers to get out of their vehicles and open the gates themselves. 

Rising Star Industries installed the solution using LR-6 PRO readers, utilizing TagMaster’s long-range read lobes to open the DoorKing 9000 slide gates for the work trucks as soon as they are within range.  Tamper Evident (TpE) S1281 tags were installed on the windshield of maintenance and work vehicles to allow access 24 hours a day and select employees also have

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Measuring the Total Cost of Ownership in AVI (Part 1)

There are three primary areas of AVI that incur initial and follow up costs.  They include the readers, the tags and the service / maintenance.  This three part series will look at each aspect of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and illustrate how to calculate TCO.  In our first part, we evaluate the readers themselves.

When paying for an entirely new install, the customer is inclined to look at the bottom dollar price and will fail to include the additional costs that come from operating a technical AVI system.  Readers, while often not the largest single line item (tags are because of their quantity), they do have the largest initial single item cost.

One thing that will increase the TCO is the lifecycle length of the reader.  If your reader does not include backward compatibility and a long lifecycle, then your total cost over the lifetime of the project can increase dramatically.  Replacing a single discontinued reader may involve a total system replacement.

A second issue is the reader’s compatibility with