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RFID Vehicle Access Control System Installed at JFK International Airport

April 26, 2005

DALLAS — AXCESS International Inc., a provider of active radio frequency identification (RFID) systems announced on April 20 that its wireless tagging system, ActiveTag, is being used at JFK International Airport by food service companies to automatically control vehicle access, increase efficiency and improve the safety of the drivers. The system, installed by Digital Watchguard, provides automatic identification and validation of authorized trucks, thereby improving security and safety, while reducing the time it takes to enter the facility. "We were approached by a food service company at JFK to help alleviate congestion caused by trucks waiting to enter the facility," commented Peter Macholz, president of Digital Watchguard. "Each driver had to exit the truck, manually enter a key code and then drive the truck through the gate as it opened; causing trucks to back up onto the runway during peak working hours. AXCESS provided a more efficient solution while actually increasing security. After successfully implementing the first system at JFK, we were able to easily replicate it for another food service company at the same airport." An underground road loop antenna activates a metal mount tag located under the hood as the truck approaches the gate. The tag transmits the identification to a palm-sized receiver tied to the gate controller for "rolling vehicle access". Access is now provided immediately for authorized vehicles at the gates where previously a keypad entry system was used. With automatic identification and access, there are no key codes to remember that can compromise security and the driver never leaves the vehicle to enter a code, thus increasing security, efficiency, and safety. AXCESS' patented ActiveTag RFID product uses small, battery powered tags (generically called "active" tags) that when automatically activated, transmit a wireless message typically 30 to 100 feet to hidden palm-size receivers. The receivers are connected via an industry standard interface to existing security alarm equipment or networked on the existing corporate network. Optionally, the tag system can also be used to trigger security video recording and live remote video transmission. The tags are used for a variety of security applications including automatic personnel access to facilities, automatic vehicle access to parking areas and yards, corporate asset tracking and protection, as well as special purpose sensing. Automatic e-mail alerting and paging is offered for rapid response to security incidents.
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