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Middle East Border Security
On September 11, 2008, VUANCE, Ltd. accepted the project to provide state-of-the-art border security for an Outdoor Perimeter Protection customer in the Middle East.
The contract, in collaboration with one of VUANCE’s integrator partners, LX Mobile Systems, LTD, includes a range of integrated, mobile, RFID-based security features based on VUANCE’s proprietary FSK system. The contract is valued at $0.5 million over three years.
The solution allows for monitoring of people and containers within an open-air controlled zone of approximately four square miles, separated into several identification areas. The solution includes an integrated mobile solution using VUANCE’s long range active RFID technology (readers, initiators and tags) together with Psion Teklogix WAP terminals with Mifare passive RFID, all connected to a central software server provided by LX Mobile. The VUANCE FSK Active tags were designed to identify people and containers of goods and include anti-tampering capabilities to immediately alert about the removal of the tags. The system continuously monitors the position of the people and containers within the zones’ identify regions, and alerts the central control room of any transgressions.
The system is also suitable to similarly monitor the location of people and/or goods in a confined closed environment such as a shopping mall or secured office building.
“VUANCE, in collaboration with our growing group of active integration partners, continues to win business from airports, nuclear power plants, border control regions and other customers who seek fully integrated, mobile, RFID-based solutions to track people and objects, and protect sensitive buildings,” said Eyal Tuchman, Chief Executive Officer of VUANCE Ltd. “Our solutions are customized to meet the unique needs of each customer, integrated through a central software-based system which automatically alerts the customer’s security team of important changes, inappropriate movement of people, and any attempt to circumvent security. Security is becoming increasingly important around the world, as potential customers look to protect vital assets and sensitive buildings. VUANCE stands ready to meet this growing market.”
Michael Naor, Chairman of LX Mobile Systems, added, “We selected VUANCE’s active RFID technology for this project due to the combination of unparalleled range of coverage of its active RFID technology, the intelligent implementation which enable tags to have an extended life expectancy, the capability to design and implement with us special tamper-proof tags for people and containers and the overall flexibility of the solution. VUANCE has proven capable to deliver on every challenge we posed for them.”
Hands-Free Solution for Madison Mark Apartment Complex
In April of 2008 leading building developers implemented VUANCE’s AAID Ultra Long Range RFID solution, in order to provide cost-effective parking services and generate additional revenues.
AAID’s programmable tags communicate with long-range RFID readers to identify the presence, and location of vehicles, assets, personnel and alarm triggered events in fleet management, parking areas, airports, gated communities, and asset management applications.
One of the installations using AAID’s solutions is the Madison Mark, a luxurious classically designed apartment building in Madison, WI. Recognizing that its underground garage is both a tenant service and a revenue source, the developers implemented a hands-free solution in which AAID’s identification tags and readers grant or deny vehicles access to the garage as they approach the entrance. In addition, other surveillance controls, such as digital video, are incorporated into the system in order to track vehicles and individuals once in the garage. AAID’s solution provides convenience and security to the end-user. By restricting access to parking stalls that have a past due balance, AAID’s solution also increases the gross revenue that the developer can collect on time and with fewer management-related costs.
This system was installed and is maintained by Correct Cable Inc., one of VUANCE’s business partners. The Company is working with other building developers, gated-community owners and hospitality industry owners to adopt the technology to their situations.
“AAID makes it easy to implement a cost-effective, hands-free system for controlling vehicular access to parking areas,” said Josh Klein, President of Wisconsin-based Correct Cable. “The Madison Mark is a leading-edge example of how developers can use the technology to increase revenues while using remote management to maintain low overhead costs. We’re also currently working with a local Hospital to outfit a fleet of ambulances with AAID’s solution so access to restricted areas will be managed by the RFID tagging. I couldn’t be more excited about the project and the value it will bring to the client.”
“VUANCE works through leading business partner system integrators to enable developers, gated communities, and medical facilities with significant vehicular traffic to adopt AAID’s RFID Solutions,” stated Eyal Tuchman, Chief Executive Officer of VUANCE, Ltd. “We’re proud to be working with Correct Cable to facilitate easy implementation of our technology to meet the needs of a wide range of customers.”
Increased Security for Police Department in Virginia
In April of 2008 Prince William County in Virginia implemented the Compass system to provide increased electronic access control security in select buildings.
Over a year ago, Prince William County Buildings and Grounds Office determined a need to provide increased access control security in select buildings including two police stations, its 911 Center and office buildings. After reviewing a number of options, it selected VUANCE’s Compass system, which had been included in proposals by several system integrator vendors. The system is being installed and maintained by M.C. Dean, Inc., one of VUANCE’s business partners. Based on the current success, additional installations are planned for the future.
Compass manages access into, within and exiting a facility, depending on the client’s needs. Personnel credentials recorded on badges and cards are read by readers. Access through doors is operated through controllers. Compass integrates individual buildings into the County’s extensive IT network. The entire system is run by a host computer’s central database of cardholders, permissions and systematic procedures.
User-friendliness is a key feature of the system. It’s intuitively designed, so it doesn’t require days of classroom training or weeks of practice to use when first installed. Further, new users can be added quickly. As a SQL based application, a database system already deployed within the County IT framework, Compass was easy to integrate into the host system. Management report have easy-to-read graphic interfaces to quickly identify issues, such as the location of an open door; additionally data can be integrated into the County’s more extensive management reporting systems for greater accountability.
“VUANCE works through leading business partner system integrators to enable users like Prince William County to integrate our technology into their workplaces,” stated Eyal Tuchman, Chief Executive Officer of VUANCE, Ltd. “We’re proud of the work done by M.C. Dean to facilitate easy implementation of the Compass system.”
Meeting Security Goals at Punta Gorda Airport
Hurricanes have destroyed several commercial sites along the Gulf Coast over the last few years and Charlotte County Florida Airport (PGD) in Punta Gorda is no different. PGD was pummeled back-to-back by Hurricanes Charlie and Wilma, causing so much damage that a whole new airport had to be designed and built to save this battered commercial center that serves freight carriers like FedEx and United Parcel Service, over 300 smaller planes that use the airport as their home-base, plus transient traffic that PGD used to serve.
When designing the new facility in this post 9/11 world the airport needed to meet three security goals:
• Satisfy access control and security requirements
set by Department Homeland Security, Federal Aviation
Administration, Transportation Security Administration,
and Florida Department of Transportation.
• Monitor and track aircraft as they land and takeoff.
• Prevent theft and vandalism of aircraft and other airport
PGD chose the comprehensive suite of Active RFID and Electronic Access Control solution offered by VUANCE Inc. (NASDAQ: VUNC) to meet all three goals in a cost-effective manner and timely manner.
The Three Challenges:
Government regulations mandate that security fencing separate airside operations from publicly accessible areas and hangars. Common practice at PGD is to install chain link fences or other physical barriers between airside operations and the hangars. This practice is effective, but also means that the access points need to be staffed by someone to identify the aircraft and open the gate to allow the aircraft to proceed to the hangars. This is a labor intensive, time consuming process. PGD solved this problem by employing a Two RFID Tag system from VUANCE’s AAID business unit’s advanced long range active radio frequency technology.
The first RFID Tag in the aircraft, Fuel Trucks, Tow Motors, etc., With a second given to the authorized operators of the aircraft or equipment, when both tags are read by the AAID readers the gate will open automatically. The safeguard of the system is that it will not allow the barriers to open, without both tags being present and matched. Therefore, only the right equipment is being moved by the right people.
Secondly, Government regulations also mandate that airports must identify all incoming and outgoing aircraft. Traditionally PGD would videotape its three runways 24/7 and then review hours and hours of video and transcribe each aircraft’s identification Number. However, the numbers on night flights often are difficult to read and the numbers on aircraft traveling too fast were often blurry, leading to an inability to identify some aircraft.
PGD once again employed VUANCE’s AAID Active RFID technology solutions, placing programmable tags in aircraft and readers on the airfield that can process information from the tags at distances of 2000+ feet moving at 200+ miles per hour, combined with its Insignia’s network control panels that operate through a wireless Ethernet system could comprehensively address all three issues.
Finally Prevent theft and vandalism of aircraft and other airport assets, PGD installed VUANCE’s Insignia networked control panels providing comprehensive physical access control to restricted areas. An access control software suite is used to monitor the status of all readers and touch keypads at all the entrances, as well as provide an audit trail of those who entered and exited airport facilities.
The good news is that airports don’t have to be victims of hurricanes to benefit from VUANCE’s cost-effective RFID Verification Solution. Indeed, VUANCE’s system integrator business partners are discussing such applications with other airports both in the US and internationally.More...
Increasing Safety & Productivity in Chilean Mines
In 2007 the Anglo American Chilean copper mines implemented VUANCE’s AAID Active RFID solution in order to increase the safety and productivity of the workers.
A four-month pilot program was launched at Anglo America’s El Soldado site in central Chile to provide real-time location information concerning miners inside tunnels. It focused on identifying miners both after normal shift changes and when blasting or emergencies make evacuation necessary to assure workers safety. As part of the program, an anti-collision system also was tested where a flashing light and buzzer warned front-loader operators that people or minor vehicles were within a 65 foot proximity radius safety-zone. Because VUANCE’s AAID active tags have long read-ranges, workers did not have to get out of their vehicles to identify themselves, a process which normally causes delays. Further by relying on the accuracy of tag-reading as people enter the working area, rather than the traditional system of having people check in using a card identification system, the site was able to reduce the rate of check-in errors.
VUANCE’s local system integrator business partner, RFID Chile is helping Anglo America with this project. After conducting the pilot and reviewing the positive results, Anglo America decided to incorporate the added safety, productivity and other benefits generated by having a constant inflow of data from Active RFID tags and readers. RFID Chile installing the solutions at other Chilean mines.
“VUANCE works through business partner system integrators to enable users like Anglo American to integrate our technology into their workplaces,” stated Eyal Tuchman, Chief Executive Officer of VUANCE, Ltd. “We’re proud of the work done by RFID Chile to enable Anglo America’s mines to use AAID’s innovative Active RFID solutions and provide the mine workers with improved safety and productivity.”