The basic requirements for mobile mustering include a rugged, lightweight — preferably ergonomically designed — hand-held computer that can function as a mobile in and out reader. It should be capable of reading a number of formats including smart cards, PIV, PIV-I, HID Prox, iClass, Mifare and bar codes.
The ability to read PIV and PIV-I cards is particularly important for government agencies, which are required by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 11-11 to have a PIV-compliant access control system and have a disaster recovery plan in place. A mobile reader that is PIV/PIV-I-compliant is essential for these customers to comply with their disaster recovery plans.
A mobile application of an existing PACS can provide the greatest flexibility and functionality. Hawkeye Technologies, for example, packages mobile mustering as a component of its mobile client applications for AMAG Technology, an access control, IP video and intrusion detection company. In addition to mobile mustering, users of the mobile application can control locks, doors, video surveillance, alarms and more from a hand-held computer from DAP Technologies.
Because emergency situations evolve quickly, data integrity is the top priority in mobile mustering. When integrated into a PACS, the ability for the system to capture and continually update data online or offline from multiple mobile handhelds safeguards data and ensures reliable information.
The computer for mobile mustering should be able to withstand the elements and rough treatment since they are likely to be used outside. Rugged handheld computers should be sealed against dust and liquids to at least IP65, operate in temperatures ranging from (-4°F to 122°F (-20°C to 50°C) and survive a 1-meter drop to concrete. They also should offer a sunlight viewable display.
Mobile mustering offers many advantages for both local and PACS applications. At the end of the day, however, it comes down to this: Quickly tracking employees and first responders during crisis situations can save lives.
The E-Plex 5800 series is an economical solution to online systems which may not be practical or affordable in many applications.
Enroll and manage up to 90 users right at the reader using the hand-held programmer. Use with a door control module to create a stand-alone door access control system