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License Plate Recognition Access Control – How it Works

How do license plate recognition access control systems work? What features make them superior to other, less secure options? How can you choose the best access control system for your business or residential community? These are just some of the questions you should ask when choosing an access control system, and answers to these questions can be found in this comprehensive guide on license plate recognition access control systems.

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License plate recognition access control systems are essential for gated communities, office buildings, or enterprise facilities to meet safety and security goals. Traditional access control systems rely on key fobs or key cards, which can be misplaced or stolen. In contrast, license plate recognition is designed with robust safety features and superior technology to make gated community access control more effective and efficient. These applications use license plate recognition cameras and specialized software to read and interpret vehicle license plates as they pass through a gate arm entrance system.

While many of our competitors tout robust safety features and cutting-edge technology, omniQ takes pride in bringing new technologies to the market with significant benefits over existing solutions. Our unique system utilizes license plate recognition (LPR) technology to provide access control for gated communities, office buildings, or enterprise facilities. We’ve engineered our readers with superior quality, we can read the make, model, color, & license plate of any vehicle in 100 milliseconds or less allowing residents or employees seamless ingress & egress.

Security at Your Fingertips, Gated communities are becoming more common in North America, particularly in metropolitan areas like Miami, New York City, and Toronto. These closed communities offer security guards who monitor all entrances to ensure that unauthorized cars don’t enter; these guards rely on technology to make their jobs easier. Rather than manually checking car plates or drivers’ licenses, gated community security teams often opt for license plate recognition access control (LPR/AC) systems. When the guards are off the clock, our systems man the gates, anyone unauthorized will not be allowed access to the community.

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A huge advantage of License Plate Recognition (LPR) access control for office buildings is that, unlike card readers, there are no electronics to jam or misread, No expensive tags to distribute to employees, & no worries disgruntled employees will still have access to the building making LPR a vital role in securing assets. You can even program the system to alert security if a particular vehicle arrives allowing you ample time to notify law enforcement.

As automated license plate recognition technology continues to gain traction, more enterprise companies are looking for access control solutions that take advantage of its enhanced safety features and superior A.I. technology. Knowing who is entering and exiting and knowing the exact details of the vehicle that entered and exited adds a layer of accountability & security like never before. Our systems also include comprehensive graphs and analytics allowing you to find creative ways to maximize your company’s resources. Our equipment is also rugged enough to effectively function in harsh weather conditions as well as high or low lighting.

License plate recognition access control is a great way to bring superior technology and robust safety features to your gated community, office building, or enterprise facility. By installing LPR-powered access control you can improve security while enhancing convenience for residents, employees, and visitors alike. If you want to learn more about omniQ’s access control systems give us a call today or request a demo at!

Retail Wireless

3 Ways Wireless Retail Solutions Improve Operations

As a retailer operating in a highly competitive environment, you need to find and leverage every advantage you can. Most retailers have a wireless network that enables mobile devices to communicate with the point of sale (POS) and back office — but are you taking advantage of this asset to improve your operations? Your wireless retail strategy should include collecting data for business intelligence, enabling merchandising solutions, and supporting your overall marketing program.

1. Business Intelligence. Your wireless retail infrastructure is the link that helps you gather data on your customers, your staff, and your inventory — data that can help you make informed business decisions and stay a step ahead of your competition. Software applications can enable you to monitor specific types of transactions and to find data collected from smartphones, mobile devices or sensors, or video at the same time. This can enable you to drill down and find common trends that make the customer engagement successful — or to find behaviors or trends that result in not getting the sale.

2. Merchandising Solutions.Solutions that can help you consistently and efficiently manage your merchandise are also possible within a wireless retail environment. Your wireless infrastructure can support digital in-store displays that present up-to-date messaging managed from your POS system, as well as kiosks that can provide product information, engage customers with coupons and special offers, and capture their information for your loyalty program. In addition, displays can help you fight showrooming by letting your customers know you will match competitive pricing. Wireless retail systems can also help you track customers with active Wi-Fi on their smartphones, giving you information on high traffic areas that are good choices for displays and kiosks.

Wireless retail infrastructure also supports digital signage that facilitates quick and efficient execution of corporate marketing promotions, correctly and consistently showing sale prices — which can be preset to change at the moment the sale begins and to change back to the regular prices when the sale ends.

3. Marketing.Your wireless retail infrastructure can also support your overall marketing initiatives. Your sales associates, empowered with information on their mobile devices — thanks to a wireless retail environment — can engage customers with “clienteling,” establishing relationships with customers based on their purchase history and preferences, which will help them provide exceptional customer experience.

Another example of wireless retail infrastructure supporting marketing is a Wi-Fi loyalty program. Offer Wi-Fi to your customers to use in your store if they register — and provide a coupon or special offer for those who do. The next time they enter the store, they are automatically signed into your Wi-Fi network, which gives you a platform for communicating special offers or promotions — as well as collecting customer data.

Your wireless infrastructure can be more than just a cost of doing business. It can actually contribute to initiatives and strategies that help you boost revenues. Moreover — and maybe even providing more value — the exceptional customer services and level of engagement that you will be able to provide can differentiate you from the competition and make you the customer’s choice.

Mobility Transportation and Logistics Wireless

Logistics Management: 3 Trends to Watch Out For

Transportation and logistics companies face a number of challenges as the industry becomes more competitive. Regulatory requirements have increased, as have pressures to reduce costs and to provide more shipment visibility.

Technology will play a large role in meeting these challenges. Here are three key logistics management technology trends to watch for in the coming months:

Mobility and Wireless Communication: Saddling drivers with piles of paperwork is swiftly becoming a thing of the past. Mobile computers that provide a wireless connection between the driver, the dispatcher, and in some cases, the customer, are becoming more common.

Depending on the industry, drivers may be armed with a rugged tablet computer, a vehicle-mounted device, a handheld computer, or even a smartphone in a rugged case. They can use these devices to receive instructions from the dispatcher, update delivery status, manage their routes, and take advantage of hands-free communication capabilities that improve driver safety.

The continued expansion of faster 3G and 4G wireless networks have made it easier for drivers to stay in constant electronic communication, eliminating the need for phone calls and faxes from the road. These advances help improve efficiency.

Logistics companies are also leveraging their mobile solutions for additional applications. These companies already use mobile computers for dispatch, location data, accessing directions, and reporting delivery status. Increasingly, companies are using these same devices for pre-trip inspections, electronic driver logs, hours of service reporting, fuel tax reporting, electronic time cards, and other applications.

Expanding the number of applications on the mobile device significantly increases the ROI of the solution.

A Drive Toward the Cloud: Hosted, software-as-as-service (SaaS) or cloud-based software solutions are becoming more common in the supply chain. For large logistics organizations, a hosted solution can streamline deployment by making it easier to launch a new application across multiple territories simultaneously, without an army of IT support staff at each location.

For smaller companies, cloud solutions provide a way to cost effectively implement a solution without investing in servers or additional staff to maintain the hardware and software. These solutions can level the playing field between larger and small-to-medium-sized companies.

Because the software is hosted in the cloud, some companies are even able to grant limited, secure access to data (such as location or status) for their customers. That way, the parties shipping and receiving the goods can easily check shipment status without time consuming phone calls.

Telematics: Logistics companies have long used telematics solutions for fleet tracking and safety applications. Now, more advanced telematics systems are being combined with automated dispatch/scheduling and transportation management systems to provide new levels of functionality.

Advanced telematics systems can provide valuable data on driver behaviors (such as speeding or harsh braking) that can be used for improving safety. In-vehicle mobile computers can be looped in to provide real-time alerts and warnings to drivers that are operating outside of established thresholds.

Location data can be leveraged to feed fuel tax reporting or hours of service applications, and accurate driving history can be used to schedule regular maintenance of the vehicles. Telematics solutions can also alert driers and supervisors about potential vehicle maintenance problems.

Telematics data can be used to improve dispatch and scheduling operations, reduce fuel consumption, and optimize fleet utilization. When combined with mobile computing and transportation management solutions, telematics can help logistics companies better manage their fleet and provide value-added services to customers.

Technology will continue to play a critical role in logistics management in the coming year. Investing in leading-edge solutions will help transportation companies stay competitive and profitable.


Identify Your Company’s Wireless Networking Needs with These 4 Tips

Wireless communication is a key part of most manufacturing and distribution operations. Many companies, however, don’t revisit their wireless installation once the access points are in place. But wireless networks have to change and evolve with your business and keep pace with technology advancements that can provide improved performance.

If it’s been a few years since you had a network upgrade, it’s time to take a hard look at your industrial wireless network to determine if it’s time for an overhaul or a few minor adjustments. Here are four tips for identifying your company’s wireless networking needs.

1. Re-evaluate your wireless and mobility needs. Has your mobile environment changed in recent years? If your facilities now handle more (or different) inventory, higher density racking, faster vehicles, or more employees, you may need to expand or replace your network.

In addition, the network should support a variety of rugged and consumer-style mobile devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones, and handheld computers running different operating systems (iOS, Android, Windows). Those devices will also run more data, voice, and video applications, further straining capacity. The number of devices accessing your wireless network will continue to grow, so it is important to make sure you’ve got the bandwidth to support that growth. New WLAN systems offer 100 mbps data rates and that will soon expand to as much as 450 mbps.

2. Conduct a risk assessment. Can your current network support the type of encryption and security your applications require? While the mobile devices in your warehouse may not contain any valuable data, the network itself may present a vulnerability, allowing hackers access to your corporate servers and sensitive customer data. Your wireless infrastructure should support features such as WPA2 authentication, Integrated Access Control List functionality, firewalls, and multiple configuration methods.

3. Utilize network monitoring and troubleshooting tools. Optimizing the network and avoiding unexpected downtime should be key priorities, and are enabled by the use of real-time monitoring and management tools. There are now tools available that will let your IT administrators spot any gaps in coverage, identify problematic devices or access points, monitor network security, and control device access. Implementing these tools can help save time by proactively addressing network problems before they result in downtime, as well as assist you with staying on top of your changing wireless network needs.

4. Bring the shop floor and back office together. Do you need a WLAN that extends from the manufacturing/distribution facility to the carpeted, back office environment? Find a unified network solution that allows you to address the different needs of these two environments without isolating either of them. Running segregated networks can increase IT support costs while making it difficult for supervisors to roam between the two systems.

Your wireless network isn’t a one-time infrastructure investment. Your networking needs will change and expand over time. If your network doesn’t keep pace with those changes, you could create bottlenecks or security risks that can impact productivity and customer service. Refer to these four tips whenever you feel the need to make changes to your wireless network.