Parking lots are a big part of many people’s lives. Every day, millions of people begin their routine of getting inside their car and traveling to work or running errands, eventually arriving at a parking lot somewhere.
With many cities facing overcrowded populations and parking space shortages, parking lot management has become an essential part of our everyday lives. How people access these parking lots and garages is of increasing importance.
RFID Proximity Card vs. RFID Smart Card
A Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) proximity card uses a series of radio waves to read and capture information stored on a fob, tag or solid plastic card. When a user places their keycard near the RFID card reader their credentials are submitted and access is either approved or denied by the customers software. An RFID smart card includes a built-in microprocessor that is primarily used for financial transactions, personal identification, data storage and application processing.
One method of a vehicle access control system is for parking lot or parking garage access. A monthly parking customer with an RFID proximity card can simply provide their credential to the card reader to gain entry. For a card holder with a windshield tag or a license plate tag, the tag is automatically read once it’s within 10 to 25 feet of the reader.
Monthly parking customers can also renew their RFID proximity card access by keeping a credit card on file with the parking operator, allowing the cardholder to renew access at any time. Many businesses such as hotels or restaurants offer special monthly parking rates for regular customers, as well as issue tickets to visitors who can pay a fee based on the time parked in the lot.
Due to its low cost and limited ability in storing information, RFID proximity card readers have always been a popular option for an access control system, but it’s no longer the most secure option.
Card Lock Company™ provides RFID smart card access control system technology that delivers the most secure type of key card with a higher level of encryption than a standard RFID proximity card. In addition, smart cards can provide further capabilities of authentication and memory capacity. The additional storage can be used to store biographical information, pin codes or monetary values to be used in applications such as vending or pre-paid membership cards.
Additional RFID Smart Card Benefits
- Security. Embedded with a best-in-class cryptography for data and privacy protection. The memory chip inside the card authenticates an individual’s information and the added protection cannot be easily duplicated.
- Flexibility. Since access control systems using smart card technology are software or cloud-based, they provide flexible solutions for smart card keys, mobile devices, tags and more. This flexibility also provides for applications beyond physical access control, including IT resources and network log-in.
- Customizable. Smart card technology can be customized to meet customer preferences as it’s available in fobs, tags, printable cards and mobile phone credentials. It can be designed for the needs of those in many industries, including education, government and hotels.
In summary, access control using smart card technology is your best option. Security threats have increased over the years, yet many organizations continue to use outdated access control technologies that allow for unnecessary vulnerabilities. The newest smart card technology mitigates many of these risks. Card Lock Company provides smart card access control system technology that delivers the most secure type of key card with a higher level of encryption than a standard proximity or RFID cards.
At Card Lock Company™, we can design and customize solutions to meet your needs. Contact us today to learn more about RFID smart card technology.