Panasonic's introduces anti-tailgating sensors

Las Vegas, NV (April 1, 2009) – Panasonic System Solutions Company debuts an innovative 3D Image Sensor that works in full ambient light for access control applications at ISC West 2009. The new 3D Image Sensor is the latest access control product joining Panasonic’s widely used high-speed, super-accurate biometric iris reader system.

For anti-tailgating and high-sensitivity automatic door applications, Panasonic's 3D Image Sensor and the BM-ET200 Iris Recognition Camera System can work together to heighten security. Placed in the ceiling above a door, the sensor determines whether there is one or multiple individuals trying to access the door where a Panasonic iris reader is installed, and triggers an alarm if it detects a second individual “tailgating” the first person.

In addition to functionality for anti-tailgating and to trigger automatic doors, Panasonic’s 3D Image Sensor has a variety of additional potential applications in the security industry, including counting people, detecting presence of a body, and as an elevator sensor. The 3D Image Sensor has a 50x36-degree field-of-view, operates at 12 frames-per-second, and offers a detection range from 4 to 30 feet. Unlike previous image sensors that were restricted to use in low-light settings, the new 3D Image Sensor operates in “outside-light” ambience up to 100,000 lux.

“The power of a company like Panasonic is in its ability to deliver innovative solutions for practical applications,” said J.M. Allain, President of Panasonic System Solutions Company. “Our new 3D Image Sensor has a wide range of uses in a variety of industries. For example, it can sense when someone approaches a digital display to trigger a user interface or message, or it can be used for hand-gesture control for video gaming, or even to guide robots for factory automation applications. By bringing this versatile device to market, it enables us to show system designers that it can enable numerous new solutions for access control and security systems applications.”

Systems integrators and resellers will be developing software for various applications of the 3D Image Sensor, and future versions will be embedded in access control devices by automatic door manufacturers and other OEM partners.

Also on display at ISC West, Panasonic's BM-ET200 Iris Reader Camera System which features non-contact entry/exit control using iris reader biometric technology. The unit delivers fast and precise recognition of up to 5,000 users and an intuitive user interface for easy operation. It includes off-the-shelf support for 13.56 MHz HID iClass readers, a Software Development Kit for custom integration, and is Wiegand compatible for easy integration with leading access control systems.

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