SECURE AND SPEEDY IDENTITY DOCUMENT PROCESSING IN HOTELS
As the latest series of security breaches came to light on U.S. retailers’ IT systems, many customers are rightfully asking, “Just how safe are my personal and financial data in the hand of these stores?” Target, Home Depot and others were apparently attacked by different variants of POS malware, which after had been implanted on their servers, it sought out the systems’ vulnerabilities and in the course of several months slowly gained access to profitable information, ars technica reported.In the age of massive hackings and widespread identity thefts, consumers have every reason to worry when they hand over their driver licenses, passports or other identity documents. Although the type of attack the large American chains suffered from is relatively sophisticated, many systems in the hospitality industry are similarly inadequate when it comes to data input and management. In many individual hotels and even in chains, all information is still manually entered during guest registration, causing unnecessary delays and exposing them to human error or deliberate malfeasance.ARH has been furnishing various government and commercial entities with fast and secure automated ID data entry solutions for over a decade. Through its network of systems integrators in more than 200 countries, the company has been providing not just speed and peace of mind through fast data capture and automatic document authentication but also the needed convenience for its partners’ customers. The helpful feature of ARH’s readers is that while they capture all necessary data and automatically populate the required online forms, the devices also execute a full authentication based on visible, machine readable and electronic information contained on a given document.In one of the company’s latest project, a partner provided document readers to a chain of hotels in Croatia and neighboring countries with the specific aim to speed up guest check-ins and secure client data in a closed system by eliminating manual inputs at the reception desks. The resulting final setup was tested in a real-life environment and demonstrated that document data capturing took two seconds in average and completing the administration part of check-in was done in little more than 20 seconds.Because the furnished readers’ unique features allow the acceptance of virtually any type or origin of common identity documents, whether they are national IDs, driver licenses or passports, guest registration became a simple and convenient process. Also, since the readers scan the full page of even passports, the hotels’ security requirements of registration is immediately fulfilled by assuring that the guests truly are who they claim to be.These compact but powerful units scan and store the face photos and check for markers of counterfeiting by using three different light wavelengths; verify the invisible security features and compare the optical, MRZ and electronic information embedded in the IDs. The other great advantage of these readers is their ease of connectivity by requiring only USB connection.With their cutting edge features and simple setup, the ARH offered document readers provide the needed benefits of speed, security and convenience the hospitality industry generally needs. Automated identity document handling and data management is the solution for visiting guest to enjoy a peace of mind and for hotels to achieve proficient data management.
Capabilities of the latest portable speed detecting systems are opening up new traffic control and data gathering possibilities.Long gone the early days of automobiling when vehicle speed was regulated by a person walking in front with a warning flag or checked by a policeman hiding in the bushes with a stopwatch. It is no news that today’s ever more complicated cameras, sensors and integrated systems are equipped to manage vehicle traffic by the millions every day and have become essential parts of organizing and regulating road transportation networks of all sizes. What is surprising that as the number of vehicles on the roads is growing year after year and it forces traffic engineers to design increasingly complicated and often ingenious ways to organize the flow on existing landscapes, the components of traffic monitoring systems are lately becoming simpler and more multifaceted in their function and purpose.The challenges, of course, are many. As backed up by countless statistics, dynamic traffic regulation and vehicle speed monitoring have undoubtedly contributed to reducing road-related fatalities and accidents, as well as helped mitigating congestions the last couple of decades. Nevertheless, in many regions certain community views or plain budgetary vows inhibit the placement of permanent traffic monitoring systems, and in other places it is simply not practical or feasible to invest in stationary installations.Still, the authorities in charge with road traffic management do not have to simply relinquish the boosting of efficiency and safety of public roads, since in many instances portable system components can easily take the place of permanent installations without sacrificing effectiveness and available options of data gathering. These movable systems, such as ARH’s CAM-S1, can perform progressive road surveillance individually and in communication with other units or with a central ITS, depending on the type of requirements and subsequent configuration.Spot speed measurement is just one of the many roles this type of unit is able to perform, but while communicating with additional camera system(s), together they are able to evaluate the passing vehicles’ average speed. Many experiments have already shown that the second option—speed measurement between points A and B—is in fact the ideal way to reduce speeding because it counteracts the sudden slowing down then speeding up of vehicles passing a detection point; and warnings originating from GPS devices, mobile apps or from other drivers. The effectiveness of point-to-point speed measurement is the reason that it has recently been adopted on the nationwide scale in the Netherlands.In addition, several other types of enforcement and analytical functions must be within the basic capabilities of portable systems, like CAM-S1. For example they may be set up for lane enforcement to observe not just proper use (in case of dedicated lanes, such as parking or bus lanes) but also whether solid lines are crossed, road markings and street signs are followed or signal lights are respected. In the latter case after determining the ideal spot for the system, its laser-guided distance measuring can simply gauge whether a vehicle came to a complete stop before crossing the intersection next to a stop sign or halted at a red light, as vehicle motion and traffic light sequences are also readily recognized.In the case of CAM-S1, it not just reads all license plates types in the world, but it is also able to detect with high probability whether a driver is wearing a seatbelt or not. If special DOT or ADR markings are visible, the unit’s built-in OCR software and processing unit also stores and forwards all relevant information to a preset central location if necessary for statistical and data gathering purposes. The system’s computation and communication capabilities also come handy during traffic analysis. The unit’s preset functions can count vehicle traffic and actually detects the level of congestion on the section of a public road where it is set up. This ability is ideal when coupled with electronically variable speed limit signs to counter road congestion or air pollution.Naturally, such portable systems must have similar capabilities as their stationary counterparts while remaining truly movable. With its two cameras, ARH’s unit provide overview and high resolution images or videos, and combined with IR illumination, it is able to operate at a distance of 600m during daylight and 100m at night. Precise location is determined by a built-in GPS, and communication is done via Wi-fi, GSM or Ethernet connection. All data processing, storing and forwarding are executed within the unit as well, and the controlling functions are carried out through a graphical user interface on the device’s touchscreen. The interchangeable battery pack of CAM-S1 also allows eight hours of field operation with a single charge.As roadside data gathering and dynamic traffic control will remain the best way to assure the safety and efficiency of public road networks in the foreseeable future, multifaceted monitoring components with increased capabilities will remain essential parts of a truly Intelligent Transportation System. Highly capable portable monitoring devices can play an important role by filling in blank spots in such a network where investing in permanent installations is otherwise not feasible.
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