With parameter fencing and security officers at access gates, entry to the residential area of South Horizons, a mammoth residential complex with 33 towers in four phases on ApLei Chau on the south coast of Hong Kong Island, was restricted only to the residents and their guests. However, the sheer number of residents, i.e., approximately 50,000 residents living in 10,000 apartments, presented a big challenge for those responsible for creating a secure residential environment. In this context, South Horizons’s administrative office decided to implement a new access control system in all of its residential buildings and parking lots for tighter control of the access of people and vehicles.
As soon as the administrative staff began their meticulous research to find a solution that would work best for their needs, they realized that they could introduce a one-card system that provided not only access control but also cashless payment applications. Since the residential complex had various recreational facilities such as swimming pool, gym, etc., the staff figured that they could promote the convenience of the users of those facilities with implementation of such a cashless payment system.
Pacific Satellite International Limited, a local IDTECK Hong Kong partner, recommended and installed 105 units of IDTECK’s SR10E at the important access points such as main gates and entrances to the parking lots. The SR10E is a 13.56MHz contactless smart card reader featuring a slim and stylishly designed housing. The chief distinction of the SR10E is its epoxy finish, weatherproof design and lifetime warranty. Since the project included many outdoor installations, the SR10E was the ideal choice for the South Horizons. Once the system was up and running, over 50,000 resident ID cards (IDTECK’s ISC80 smart card with 1K memory) were issued to the residents for access control and cashless payment for the recreational facilities.
South Horizons was largely pleased with the successful results of the project, commenting that the new system had been very positively received by the residents who now enjoyed increased convenience and, above all, greatly-improved security for their residences.
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