Intelligent lockers make equipment control easy

Traka’s electronic keyless lockers meet the challenge of controlling access to keys and other high-value equipment while simultaneously recording information about usage and generating accurate management information.

Aug 6, 2009
By Paul Jacques

Traka’s electronic keyless lockers meet the challenge of controlling access to keys and other high-value equipment while simultaneously recording information about usage and generating accurate management information.
Each asset in a Traka locker is fitted with a tiny RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag, giving it a unique electronic ID. Users are identified by means of a PIN, swipe card, proximity reader or biometrics.
The company’s Traka32 software, running on a central Windows PC, controls if and when a pre-assigned user can access the equipment. It also records whether the locker door has been opened and exactly when the asset was removed. The system will then audit the information, along with when the asset was returned. It will also flag up if a user tries to return something to the wrong locker and display the correct destination. Management information can report what equipment is in or out of each locker, when it was used, by whom and when it was returned. Any faults or problems can be reported by the user when the equipment is returned and these are immediately shown on screen, prompting appropriate action.
The Traka system will interface with most existing access control systems and offers a variety of additional benefits: users can also restrict the times when access is granted (for instance, to link to shift patterns or weekend working); determine how long the equipment is allowed to be out of the locker and in use; trigger an alarm if the equipment is not returned after a pre-determined period of time; enforce recalibration and service intervals; and lock equipment so it cannot be removed before servicing or repair. Equipment can be charged automatically by means of a built-in docking station, ensuring that only fully-charged units are withdrawn.
Traka lockers are available in a variety of sizes to house laptops, memory sticks, PDAs, attack alarms, security radios, weapons, breathalysers, cash trays, medical equipment and specialist tools.

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