Manage and monitor the security of premises using a guard tour system
It proves beneficial to the patrolling guards and improves their efficiency as well. Moreover, this system keeps a complete audit trail of your guards' tours and checkpoints. Amongst several benefits that it offers, the top 3 advantages of RFID-based guard tour systems are discussed below.
RFID based guard tour systems usually work with battery powered wireless checkpoints that are installed at key locations. When on tour, the guards carry active-RFID badges which are detected by the wireless checkpoints when they are within a certain range. The battery powered checkpoints automatically identify and timestamp the guards' IDs and relay them to the control center.
So, RFID-based systems automatically record the precise time guards reach each checkpoint, and this without any action required by the guards. This means that guards do not need to access checkpoints, so no line of sight is required and checkpoints can be hidden or relocated for greater accountability.
Real time exception reporting and alerts
Alarms can be raised in real time as an exception occurs, so that you can take action immediately if required. For instance, when a tour does not take place, takes too long to complete, or when checkpoints are missed, you will be alerted right away allowing you to investigate the reasons why the exceptions are taking place, and address incidents quickly when needed. In a casino environment, this could hapen when a cash cart does not reach a checkpoint on time.
No additional equipment required
Many guard tour systems today work in a similar fashion, only using Near Field Communications (NFC) which communicates with electronic devices, such as a smart phone. This method allows to track a guard's movement, as long as they are carrying their phones. However, in high security environments, guards may not be allowed to carry personal devices.
Editor's note: This post was originally published in May 2012. We've updated it for comprehensiveness and accuracy.