Vehicle Access Benchmark Set at Manufacturing Plant

(Winter Springs, FL) -- Checkpoints at parking lots are no longer reserved for highly secure large government installations, but are appearing regularly in the private sector. Gated communities, university campuses, commercial and corporate centers are all blocking their front gates.
Corporate security directors want to know who drives into their parking lot. Safety concerns, amid heightened alert, has led to implementation of stringent vehicle identification and access control policies at firms.
In South Carolina, a recent assessment of vehicle access and building security came under scrutiny at the INA USA Corporation, a large manufacturing facility in Fort Mill. Entry into the parking lots was found to be vulnerable. INA USA is a manufacturer of high quality ball bearings for engines and is a member of the Schaeffler Group USA Inc., a German-based company. Headquartered in Fort Mill since 1986, the plant area nestles in an industrial southern community, and employs about 900 workers.
Other plant locations are in Spartanburg, SC, and Cheraw, SC.
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In the post-9/11 era, INA USA plant security was beefed-up, including implementation of a comprehensive security management system. Plant officials consulted Alan Weeks of SAF Technologies, Inc., in Charlotte, NC, an integrated security solution firm, about access control. One of his recommendations was to install barcode readers in order to track and control the high volume of work trucks, service trucks, and personal vehicle entering via the private roadway.

"The main purpose of the installation was to close down both entrances with barrier arms and force visitors and contractors to sign in at the guardhouse next to the main entrance," said Weeks. "Basically, securing the plants was the main goal, but convenience was another factor."

Weeks suggested the BA-200 Barcode Reader, by Barcode Automation inc.
(BAI), of Winter Springs, Florida. The company is customer-service oriented and technically knowledgeable. The BA-200 has been applied nationally to high visibility vehicular areas needing automatic access control. Units have been placed at entryways of hospitals, gated communities, airports and universities. At locations where identification and tracking of vehicles is vital, dealers have chosen the BA-200 primarily because it has proven to be a cost effective, long lasting solution. The system is flexible and easily integrated to other systems via RS232 serial port, or Wiegand bit format.

"The three primary reasons Bolin selected the BA-200 system for the plants were the inexpensive decals, the read accuracy of the units and its user-friendly compatibility," Weeks said.

During the four-week installation period, in 2005, the main work focused on improving the gated entry leading into the Fort Mill facility, which was the first site Weeks installed. The job at Fort Mill encompassed entry and exit readers for front and side gates. The barcode readers trigger the gates into Plant 3, Plant 6, the ATC Building and the Corporate Building exits. These plants can only be accessed via the main front entrance and a side entrance, which also uses barcode readers to control barrier arms.
There are also barcode readers that control the exit barrier arms as well.
As for integration, the BA-200 units blended well with the comprehensive INA USA security system. Components integrate to a central hub running the Integral Technologies' Continuum Software Package. Weeks said the entire system works seamlessly as a whole and allows for easy reporting capabilities of who enters and exits the plant and at what time. Helping to keep an eye on things are Pelco high-speed dome cameras, which provides a detailed viewing of the campus. Weeks said the entire security system is closely monitored 24/7 at various sites including a security center, and also Bolin's office at Plant 6.

The result has been tightened security and improved access control. The barcode decals have proven effective. Once attached to the rear window of vehicles, the decals are not easily lost, stolen or loaned out, maintaining the integrity of the security system. The BA-200 is designed to ignore photocopies.

All employees at the facility and VIPs now display barcode decals, and the traffic flow has improved dramatically, particularly noticeable during peak hours. Plant personnel like the hands-free parking access, eliminating the need to roll down windows or fumble with cards and key fobs. Visitors to the plant facility must sign-in at the guardhouse.

"The barcode reader was not only quick to install and efficient," Weeks said, "but the decals have proven far more cost efficient, especially when you issue two to three decals per employee."

Weeks said no breach has occurred. In fact, the barcode readers have worked so well that plans are underway to install BA-200s at the Cheraw site sometime in 2006.

The BA-200's reputation as a high-quality, sturdy and flexible product with easy installation has made it the choice of dealers for thousands of gated entry points across the nation. ETL listed to UL294 Standard, the Reader is also offered as a standalone, which allows direct one-gate control. All components are encased in a NEMA 4 Standard aluminum housing with interior temperature and humidity control extending the operation of the unit and laser life. An internal transaction log retains the last 2,000 vehicle identification numbers, time and date. It comes from the factory already configured, but can be changed to meet a specific site's need. Also, BAI offers cost-effective decals in 56 color combinations for color-coded parking lots. The BA-200 is an affordable solution compared to costlier RF-ID units and is immune to RF interference.

BAI is the leading manufacturer of barcode systems for automatic vehicle identification and access control, offering products through a network of dealers and integrators nationwide. The BA-200 system provides the user a highly effective tool for managing right of entry into private or secured areas requiring a high standard of vehicle access control.

To learn more about BAI, visit or call (800-528-9167).

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