ATG Cam fortifies vehicle access control points

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ATG Cam is the latest offering from ATG Digital to strengthen vehicular access control points across South Africa.

The IoT camera boasts a suite of features that strengthen security and positive vehicle identification without adding to the waiting time at entry and exit points. ATG Digital’s Ariel Flax says that the solution removes vulnerabilities in manual vehicle scanning.

Flax adds. “We are seeing a higher volume of attempts to bypass vehicle identification at access points. Typical tactics include fake licence plates or manipulation of security guards by whatever means necessary (be it by threats, bribery or old-fashioned deceit). ATG Cam adds the final layer of security needed to overcome these weaknesses.

“By automating the opening of booms or gates upon positive vehicle identification, criminals can’t strong-arm guards anymore, keeping your personnel and assets safe.”

The ATG Cam is an IoT camera with onboard OCR (optical character recognition) technology, meaning that the device executes the licence plate recognition and lookups. The recognition engine can identify plates from 80 countries and has photo recognition capabilities as well. With no need for additional computers, the camera speeds up processes in access control.

When added to an access control scanning system, the camera compares licence plate information to the scanned vehicle licence disc information. It creates an alert if there are any irregulates. Similarly, if a licence disc has not been scanned, the system creates an incident immediately. The camera snaps a picture of the licence plate as the boom or gate opens.

One can also fully automate the system by adding a relay where the boom or gate will only open if the scan and all necessary details that are captured on the device, meet the correct requirements.

Flax says the ATG Cam was initially developed as a custom solution for Century City, Cape Town. The cameras proved invaluable, so ATG Digital added the camera to its access control and visitor management bouquet.

Flax concludes: “The ATG Cam creates complete transparency at access points. Accurate verification and accountability are the two most significant challenges estates face when it comes to physical access point security. I think that the product’s success lies in its origins and a built-for-purpose solution to address these problems.”

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