Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, a manufacturer of contactless smart credentials and readers, and Salamander Technologies, a supplier of tracking solutions and field-based incident management tools, are partnering to provide a new smart card-based solution for access control and personnel tracking.
The dual-purposed aptiQ smart card incorporates Salamander’s interTRAX suite of accountability solutions, resulting in a multi-function ID that provides daily access control and other smart card-based tasks within the building, as well as personnel tracking outside the building during planned events, natural disasters or emergencies.
“This new integration is a smart solution for organizations wanting to improve their ROI,” explained Russ Miller, president of Salamander Technologies. “Groups already using Ingersoll Rand’s aptiQ smart cards can now extend its functionality to include our accountability solution. Those just starting an identification program can get an ID with both solutions built in from the start.”
According to Salamander, the company’s tracking solution is used by more than 5,000 agencies nationwide for managing first responders, mutual aid, victims, evacuees, visitors and others.
“Computerized incident management, site security and personnel accountability have become major responsibilities for corporate management, not just first responders and government agencies,” added Raj Venkat, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies vice president, marketing. “Using MIFARE DESFire EV1 technology and an open architecture, the aptiQ smart card provides a higher level of security and a way to increase the security of access control solution today while providing a pathway to other smart credential applications, such as incorporating Salamander’s interTRAX suite of accountability solutions.”