number of companies in the security and access control industry
are incorporating RFID components into a range of perimeter and
building security systems, as well as vehicle and parking access
applications. Transponders can be mounted on automobile windshields,
contained in employee badges, or carried on key rings. Readers are
mounted inside walls at doorways and outdoors alongside entranceways
to parking garages and lots.
Resorts can use RFID tags to allow for access to specialized areas.
For example, VIP guests may have access to the fitness club or golf
clubhouse at a resort, and access can be granted based on the RFID
tag issued as a "guest pass."
Security operations can also be enhanced using RFID data, and in
fact, a form of RFID has been in use for many years in the form
of "proximity cards," (a.k.a. "prox cards").
By simply passing a prox card near a reader, access can be granted
to an individual based on data contained in the prox card. In additon,
the action of granting access based on prox cards can also trigger
other actions in a facility. For example, when a manager uses his
prox card, it may also not only open the door, but turn on his computer,
lights in his office, and even the copier. When an unauthorized
person tries to gain access using a prox card, it can also trigger
other actions, such as turning on security lights, alerting security
staff, or even starting security cameras and recorders.