Manpower engaged Dretison Technologies for a comprehensive security solution. Dretison provides radio frequency identification (RFID) products and services to public and private organizations. At its previous building, Manpower had double entrance doors and employees held their badges up to a reader. That literally opened the door at times to "tailgaters" coming in after authorized employees without having to show badges.
For the new location, RFID technology gave Manpower the opportunity to enhance security—while decreasing the visible aspects of the security solution. Dretison implemented a complete security solution that included the Zebra® P330i™ color card printer. With the P330i, Manpower can easily create badges with digitally encoded, error-free data in an RFID tag, and then wirelessly transmit that data to an RFID reader. The reader simply recognizes the tag on each person entering the facility, allowing reception and security personnel to identify and assist those without identification.
Dretison installed an invisible mix of readers and security cameras in the building's entrance. The badges and readers are then tied to Dretison's AccuGuardian™ software solutions. With that, data read from the badges is transmitted to a database for analysis, giving security staff real-time insight into building access.
Authorized Manpower staff easily print badges for new employees or deactivate badges for employees leaving the company. Currently, they have 1,300 employee badges, as well as 100 guest badges. Guest badges are numbered and reissued repeatedly as guests come and go.
The company doesn't need double doors and employees don't have to stop and hold up badges to readers. The sensitivity of the Zebra badges lets them simply enter as long as the badges are on them somewhere. That eliminates the potential for "tailgate" entries. The security team receives alerts on screen, or via pages or text, alerting them of unauthorized people in the building and the door the person entered.
Security staff can also see the person on the video cameras, and may identify that it's a known employee.
"We're empowering security with technology that doesn't make them run all over, so they can respond more efficiently," Stewart said. Beyond front access, coded badges control access to areas such as the parking garage, and enable only authorized employees to enter more sensitive areas such as the server room, legal library or rooms with document storage.
Additionally, Manpower extended its investment in RFID technology by tracking many of its office assets, such as mobile desks, monitors and even file folders. By tagging each asset, they always have an account of where assets are located and if any have been removed from the building.