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Issue Date: June 2001 (es)

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1 June 2001

Software development company, Trac-Ware has announced Version 1.0 of its Estate Management System (EMS). Using its capability in the active radio frequency monitoring arena, as well as an extensive knowledge of device integration and enterprise management systems, Trac-Ware has created this package specifically for the maintenance and monitoring of estates.
Designed not only to monitor and maintain access control, the product is capable of a plethora of other applications, such as asset control and management, security control and management, and management of staff and contractors.
"Active Radio Frequency Identification allows the application to identify and monitor objects from a distance. This, in conjunction with our LPS (Local Positioning System) means that you can locate items from contractors to assets at a touch of a button," says John Harris, MD of Trac-Ware.
By recording floor plans for as many as 32 000 houses, a number of facts can be demonstrated should there be an emergency. This could include the location of that house on the estate, its floor plan to give security and medical personnel information that is vital in a time of crisis, as well as provide the present location of the owners or residents and record the event. 'random search' functionality informs security that vehicles or staff [NK1] at specified increments of percentage or numbers, or in a truly random fashion, should be stopped and searched by security personnel.
Tagging high value items
"The ability to tag high-value items and watch for them at access/egress points means that asset protection is covered. By positioning key active RF readers around the estate, location and status of staff is no longer a variable, and the last known position of, for example, a security vehicle could be displayed and monitored ensuring that it is patrolling," Harris explains.
The interactive management facility allows for the creation of users and groups which can login to the system over a local, wide or global area network to monitor the status and location of assets and staff, and potentially control the system's digital outputs.
"One would be able to login from home via the Internet, locate staff/assets and open gates, booms and so forth," he says.
The system is based on four tiers, the Console, Floor Server, Database Server and Database, or RDBMS. This distributed architecture means an entire estate can be run off one server, or split over an area containing over 32 000 different child systems to accomplish the task at hand. Peak efficiency is also maintained over a networking infrastructure as meaningless data is not transmitted which could bring the network to its knees.
"Using our multitiered approach the system is highly viable in large estates having multiple access control points each with a variety of devices. A wide variety of devices can be integrated, from biometric fingerprint scanners, retinal scanners, active and passive RF, to video surveillance, booms and doors," Harris concludes.
John Harris, Trac-Ware


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