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APPLICATION ANPR system automatically controls rising bollards A Videalert CCTV-based ANPR system has been installed at the University of Hertfordshire to control rising bollards at two main entrances to the De Havilland Campus at Hatfield. The installation has been completed by Eurovia Infrastructure on behalf of Ringway, a provider of highway maintenance services to local authorities under the seven-year Hertfordshire Term Contract. The new system will provide a safe pedestrian area within the busy campus which houses over 2700 members of staff and a student community of more than 24,500. Campus improves movement of staff and students Marino Institute of Education is a third-level education environment based in Dublin. The campus comprises the College of Education, the Conference Centre and other continuing professional development and support services. Martin Lynch, IT Manager at Marino, made the decision to develop the site’s existing system in order to better control the movement of staff and students around the campus. Due to the open nature of the college, there was also a potential issue with unauthorised personnel gaining access to restricted areas of the campus that needed to be resolved. Integration with the college’s in-house management software was also required, to simplify student management and enable the tokens to be used to The Videalert system has been deployed on a hosted basis to automate the control of the rising bollards which restrict access to the campus to authorised vehicles only. The HD cameras combine ANPR with analytics to capture the number plate of each vehicle approaching the bollards. When an authorised vehicle is recognised, the system communicates directly with the MACS bollard control system to automatically allow access. Number plates of authorised vehicles are stored on a ‘whitelist’ which is stored and managed using a secure hosted server. To ensure that this list is always up to date, the server communicates directly with each bollard location on an hourly basis to apply any updates or changes made by authorised users via a web browser. Should a vehicle not be on the ‘whitelist’, the bus operator has to call the control centre which can override the system and manually lower the bollards. The CCTV-based system provides improvements over the previous RFID-based system as it eliminates situations where authorised vehicles are unable to gain access as drivers have forgotten or misplaced their tags along with the resulting traffic jams and delays caused by drivers having to call the central control room using their mobile phones to request access. “The Videalert system will provide greater control over the number of vehicles entering the campus to improve safety for all staff and students,” said Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director at Videalert. “Using technology that is proven in high volume traffic environments, it will deliver a reliable and resilient service without the user problems experienced with the previous system.” gain access to the campus, as a student ID card, for library usage, and photocopy and print services. The new solution, installed by ATA Security builds on Marino’s existing Net2 system that has been steadily expanded across the site over the past ten years. The system now combines the entire range of Paxton’s Net2 products; Net2, Net2 Entry and Net2 PaxLock. Combined with the Net2 Entry door entry system and Net2 PaxLock wireless access control solution the new Net2 system has improved the security at Marino, whilst providing a simple interface from which to manage the site and users. Integration with the college’s in-house student management software makes it simple for the college to manage the access rights of everyone on campus, and ensure that the students can utilise all other services and amenities offered at the college. Additional integrations with the intruder and fire alarms also give staff a greater degree of control over the students’ movement, preventing them from inadvertently entering an area that has been closed down during ‘out of hours’ periods. 46

Gated community benefits from secure vehicle access technology THE TECHNOLOGY: HD-TVI THE CONVENIENCE: EASY INSTALLATION THE COMBINATION: Highland Springs, located just outside of Springfield, MO, has over 500 residents and various contracting workers for landscaping and infrastructure upgrades. For these residents and contracting workers, the community needed a system for secure vehicle access. An important requirement was that congestion at the gate had to be prevented; the solution had to be convenient for the drivers of the vehicles. Besides the residents and contracting workers, access for visitors and other non-residents is managed by a staffed guardhouse. Bobby J Smith, Director of Security for Highland Springs, worked with Nedap’s partner Federal Protection out of Springfield, MO to find the best technological solution that would serve the needs of the community without being intrusive on the residents or slow their entry into the community. The residential community has three separate entrances with gated ingress and egress points. Considering the needed read distances, Nedap’s TRANSIT was deemed the best choice. This reader identifies vehicles up to 10 meters (33 ft.). The vehicles of all residents and contracting workers are equipped with the Window Button. This vehicle identification tag is identified as soon as it enters the reading zone of the TRANSIT reader. It allows authorised vehicles to enter the community, without the need to stop at the gate. To make things even stronger for Federal Protection, they had the Window Buttons customised with a laser engraved Federal Protection logo. Matt Harrison, Director of Operation at Federal Protection, oversaw the project: “We knew we needed a reliable, robust technology that was not only secure but very easy for the residents to use. Ideally, we needed something that once installed, they would never have to think about again.” he explains. “Since we installed the system we have been very pleased with its performance,” said Bobby J Smith.

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