The role of card readers in the Smart Building of the future
Smart Building is the future. Buildings must become smarter to maximize usage and to reduce building management costs. Keyprocessor believes that security technology can play an important role and this makes card readers a formidable asset.
Electronic access control is still in the throes of development. With iProtect Security Management, Keyprocessor offers a contemporary solution that helps organizations structure the security process as efficiently and as welcoming as possible. Card readers are the life blood of the system and make a software-controlled differentiation possible between various areas.
A glance into in the future What if card readers, aside from granting access, could also read other relevant data? With the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol that will soon be applied in our card readers, there may possibly be communications with virtually every device. That offers a wide range of possibilities.
Three potential solutions with which Keyprocessor is experimenting are:
On the basis of where your employee or visitor is located, you can send push messages to a mobile device. Share information that is relevant at that moment. For instance, where someone should report on arrival, a floor plan, or travel directions.
Or take it a step further. By using an app in which an available floor plan of your building is shown, visitors can see in real time where they are located in the building. The mobile phone communicates with card readers via Bluetooth. Depending on the app settings, you could also offer navigation to the department where the visitor should be. A solution that, by definition, is ideally suited for public locations such as government buildings and hospitals, but also in multi-tenanted business premises, for instance.
A Smart Building should also have a smart approach to managing objects. For example, a hospital that uses wheelchairs, beds and IV stands. They get lost on a regular basis and that brings about unnecessary high costs. By equipping them with a chip that can be read using a card reader, it is always clear which room they are located in. This could also be useful to systematically structure maintenance and inspections.