Physical Security

In addition to asset tracking and inventory management, RFID technology is being used to create “smart” badges for employees and contractors in order to improve physical security and personnel safety.

Challenges

  • Once employees/contractors arrive on-site, they have unrestricted access to the facility and their whereabouts may or may not be known.
  • Contractors sometimes cannot be visually distinguished from employees.
  • Where “restricted access” exists, it is generally based on job code or rank and not on qualifications or certifications required to access an area or the equipment/tools in a particular area (this could include meeting safety/education requirements, having certifications in a specific process or being trained to use a specific tool, etc.).
  • No process exists for “checking out” a particular asset or tool or associating that asset or tool
    with an individual, meaning that assets and tools may not be available where and when they are
    expected to be or that unauthorized personnel may be in possession of a valuable asset.

Solutions

  • RFID technology makes it possible to uniquely and automatically identify and associate assets, materials and people.
  • Tools, heavy equipment, material pallets and individuals can be tracked and traced, immediately establishing where something (or someone) is, what it is, when it was last used or checked for maintenance, and whether all required components are in place for the task at hand, along with the people authorized to use them.
  • Items can be matched to locations, tools matched to the people who use them, and people matched to the places they go or cannot go.
  • Personnel badges with RFID chips can be programmed with status, qualifications, certifications and experience levels. Access authorization is only granted to those qualified to perform the work and a process can be put in place to only release tools to those certified to use them.

Benefits

  • Reduced Labor Costs
    • Less time lost due to accidents; lower workers compensation and insurance costs.
    • Less productive time lost due to out-of-synch workers, tools and materials.
    • Less productive time lost due to missing key personnel.
  • Improved regulatory, security and safety compliance
    • Improved access control to sites or to areas within sites, thereby improving employee/subcontractor safety and enhancing security.
    • Verifiable actions and 24 x 7 data records to support compliance activities.
    • Comprehensive program support across facilities, personnel and materials/assets.
    • Documentation of who is or was where at any given point in time.
  • Reduced Capital Costs
    • Reduced “shrinkage” and loss of materials due to unauthorized access.
    • Reduced loss and theft of capital equipment due to unauthorized personnel.