A manufacturer of intelligent biometric access control devices wanted to add Ethernet connectivity to its existing product line of fingerprint readers. Traditionally, these devices either operate as stand-alone units or use asynchronous RS-232/485 communication for management and control purposes.
A stand-alone unit is fairly easy to install, but its regular maintenance activity, such as the updating of access control information due to personnel changes, always requires intervention at the point-of-use. Asynchronous communication solves this problem, but not without the trouble and additional cost of running dedicated wires to the individual units.
Using the existing network infrastructure would combine easy and cost-efficient integration with central management and control. Digi technology, available from Dominion Electronics , enabled the manufacturer of biometric access control devices to add network connectivity to the fingerprint readers at a fraction of the cost and time required to design a custom solution, all without the need for software development or significant product redesign.
The manufacturer can continue to focus on its core product competency and benefit from a significantly reduced time to market. The network-enabled biometric devices seamlessly integrate into existing network environments, providing a flexible and reliable access control solution.
The network-based products can be designed quickly utilising embedded Digi technology.