According to the U.S. Customs Authority, the best way to protect against terrorism when importing goods into the United States is a secure, end-to-end supply chain. The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) calls for the implementation of a number of organizational and technical measures. SICK’s Logistics Access Control (LAC) is an access control system that ensures that goods are handled securely and only by those who are authorized to do so.
LAC offers a complete ready-to-use solution involving 2d laser scanners, radio frequency identification (RFID), and sensor integrated software. It was developed in line with the objectives of the C-TPAT and the requirements for obtaining European “Authorized Economic Operator” (AEO) status. The sensor detects persons and vehicles in motion, while maintaining the flow of traffic, and identifies them with the help of coded transponder cards. Any unauthorized persons or items are reliably detected and prevented from accessing other areas.
C-TPAT and AEO require organizational and technical measures to be taken
The C-TPAT and AEO requirements are valid until end of March 2013, so those involved in goods handling still have time to become certified as a “known shipper” by C-TPAT or an “Authorized Economic Operator” by AEO authorities and immediately gain the benefits.
LAC: Customs-compliant access control system for intralogistics
The LAC combines non-contact laser measurement and long-range identification technologies in one complete ready-to-use system with integrated evaluation and monitoring software – the LAC runs autonomously and requires no external control unit or separate PC/PLC. A LMS123 2d laser scanner and a RFU630 interrogator with UHF identification system are included. The LAC can be integrated as a stand-alone system or as part of a network and can be connected to common intrusion detection and alarm systems.
An intelligent LAC software manages the functions of LMS123 and RFU630. In addition to controlling access, the linking logarithm of the software also assists logistics employees in their supervisory role: The LAC detects an unauthorized entry, even if the door is still open. Any unidentified individual who tries to slip through after another person will be detected by the laser measurement sensor. If the RFU630 does not identify a transponder or a valid transponder, an alarm will activate.