Secure vehicle access for gated community

Posted On 20 Jan 2017
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Highland Springs, located just outside of Springfield, MO, has over 500 residents and various contracting workers for landscaping and infrastructure upgrades. For these residents and contracting workers, the community needed a system for secure vehicle access. An important requirement was that congestion at the gate had to be prevented; the solution had to be convenient for the drivers of the vehicles. Besides the residents and contracting workers, access for visitors and other non-residents is managed by a staffed guardhouse.

Bobby J Smith, Director of Security for Highland Springs, worked with Nedap’s partner Federal Protection out of Springfield, MO to find the best technological solution that would serve the needs of the community without being intrusive on the residents or slow their entry into the community.

The residential community has three separate entrances with gated ingress and egress points. Considering the required read distances, Nedap’s Transit was deemed the best choice. This  reader identifies vehicles up to 10 meters (33 ft.). The vehicles of all residents and contracting workers are equipped with the Window Button. This vehicle identification tag is identified as soon as it enters the reading zone of the Transit reader. It allows authorised vehicles to enter the community, without the need to stop at the gate. To make things even stronger for Federal Protection, they had the Window Buttons customised with a laser engraved Federal Protection logo.

Matt Harrison, Director of Operation at Federal Protection, oversaw the project: “We knew we needed a reliable, robust technology that was not only secure but very easy for the residents to use. Ideally, we needed something that once installed, they would never have to think about again.” he explains.

“Since we installed the system we have been very pleased with its performance,” said Bobby J Smith.