proximity readerMost mid- to large-size organizations today in nearly all industries leverage employee ID badges to authorize automated access to the premises using proximity readers. However physical access to a building is just one way employee badges can be used to address challenges faced by these organizations. Employee badges partnered with proximity readers and solution applications can also help ensure strict compliance to quality processes, increase accountability, and improve workflow efficiency.

Recently a large paint manufacturer in North America found itself routinely throwing out numerous bad batches of paint, costing the company thousands of dollars per week. Suspecting that unauthorized and untrained employees had been logging onto the mixer, the plant manager wanted to strictly limit access to only those who had been trained, certified and qualified to operate the machinery. Upgrading the old key pad entry system on the mixer to a proximity reader, employees used their existing employee badge system, which had been RFID-retrofitted, to simply tap their badge on the reader mounted on the machine. The information embedded into the employee ID was then sent to a database that verified the employee’s qualification to operate the machinery.

Proximity readers can perform as a keyboard wedge interface by interpreting the embedded combination of commands, username, and password that complete a more sophisticated log-in sequence. The data is sent through a programmable controller, which then receives the information, checks it against a database, and authorizes the qualified employee to complete his or her task.

Proximity readers are also critical in hospital environments where employee access must be monitored closely dependent upon their level of authority. For example, mobile drug carts with locked drawers are used by various levels of nursing staff. Some staff members are authorized to open all of the drawers, others may only be allowed to dispense medications located in a limited number of drawers. Tightly controlled access depends upon the reader’s ability to recognize and authorize only those who have the appropriate level of clearance. This not only increases the quality of care and safety of patients, but also ensures the highest level of accountability.

Proximity and contactless enabled badges save thousands of employee hours a year and improve workflow efficiency by eliminating the necessity of entering passwords on a keypad or performing multiple swipes with worn-out stripes of magnetic readers.

Many of our customers tell us that they have saved up to 15 minutes per day per employee per week, which can add up to thousands of hours a year in time saved.

From door access to beyond: AdvantIDge offers a wide variety of all of the card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge clips and other peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our Sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update, we provide excellent customer service!