Taiwan is a relatively small market, yet it is characterized by fierce competition with numerous low-end access control solutions available.
However, the product lifecycle of these solutions also tends to be shorter as they cannot scale to meet the various changing customer requirements. Being faced with the cost of a "rip and replace" approach to upgrading access control systems, many Taiwanese enterprises have started to realize that flexible, future-proof access control systems provide better value with a lower overall total cost of ownership.
One of the biggest advantages of a scalable access control system can be easily illustrated through a recent HID Global deployment in Taiwan, where one of the tallest skyscrapers in Taipei installed HID readers at every entry point to the building. By seamlessly integrating with system software and controllers, the updated access control system can now perform multiple functions, including elevator control, parking lot management, fire alarm configuration and visitor management. For improved security, the visitor management system requires visitors to be assigned a temporary badge to access controlled areas, and the system can track visitor entry and exit activity in real-time at the control center.
Many Taiwanese companies have strong software development capabilities, and this local talent has enabled HID system integrators to leverage our open architecture and versatile VertX network access control solutions to customize enhanced applications that suit customers' needs. For example, we are currently working with customers and integrators to develop alert configuration functionality for very specific applications using HID's VertX access controllers.
Case in point is at local schools, where elementary students enter or leave school by presenting a card to a reader, which triggers a record to be sent to the central server via the controller that in turn activates the delivery of SMS messages to the parents. The alert notifies them that their child has arrived or left the school. This application may also be used in senior citizen facilities, where an the access control system will alert the staff when a senior citizen enters the rest room or other parts of the facility and does not exit within certain period of time. The alert can also indicate the location of the room entered so the staff can quickly follow up as needed.
I am excited by the strength and versatility of HID solutions, and I look forward to the new and innovative applications we continue to develop to address the local needs in Taiwan.