About the system
The entry access system is a system that enables an establishment to control entry to a restricted area. Access to the restricted area is controlled by a turnstile or a door with an electronic door strike or magnetic lock, and verification of the subject entering the restricted area is achieved by means of either an RFID card or key, a biometric hand reader or a fingerprint reader. Access is granted to anonymous subjects wishing to enter the restricted area by means of payment via bills, coins or credit card. Change is provided in bills and coins. The cost of entry for non members, the times at which members may enter and the amount of entries per day – are all ”user definable” in the system with advanced control over these parameters. Below we will describe the components necessary for the system.
A typical system would include:
1. A turnstile that would ensure control over entry to the Mikvah.
2. Our “System” which is a powder coated secure steel cabinet that contains the remainder of the components necessary for the system. The cabinet would contain:
Ø A touch-screen which the end user interacts with.
Ø An RFID card/key fob reader
Ø Fingerprint Reader
Ø A multi currency bill changer (accepts and dispenses notes in multiple currencies and denominations)
Ø A local currency coin changer (accepts and dispenses coins)
Ø A Credit Card Reader
Ø A bracket for a PIN pad
Ø May contain a Printer (optional)
These components allow the system to identify a member or a prepay user and allows a non-member to pay for a single entry with bills, coins or credit card. The system also allows members and prepay users to pay their membership fees or to add funds to their card.
Ø Nice and friendly – easy to use – user interface
Ø Machine can be used to refill cards as well
Ø Cards are not locked down – client may purchase their own Mifare cards
Ø Unlimited number of users, groups and sets of rules.
Ø Multi Lingual user selectable interface(currently English, Hebrew – others may be added)
Ø Multi Currency Bill acceptance – conversion rates may be set by administration
Ø Change provided in bills and coins - if the entry price would be $12.50 and a user insert a $100, the user would get back a $50 bill, $20 bill, $10, $5, 2- $1 and $.50 in coins.
Ø Multiple dynamic reports allow for user customizable reporting.
Ø Low Maintenance system – system sends emails when attention is needed (low change, bill cassette almost full, bill cassette full, coin box full, receipt printer paper low or out of paper, system door opened/closed, Vandalism attempt detected … and many more.
Ø Multiple station support – base machine may handle multiple doors. For larger Mikvahs, you may optionally get a “quick lane” additional reader so that members may enter while someone is paying with cash or refilling their card (suggested for high traffic sites).
Ø Multiple credit card processor interface – interfaces with CardNox, USAePay, Authorize.net, eProccessingNetworks, Premium.il. Others may be added.
Ø Vandal proof touch screen – a hit with a hammer won’t break it!
Ø Support for emergency door with emergency “Break Glass” button.
Ø Support for wireless "Remote" to open door
Ø User control of options i.e. Maximum card balance, Minimum amount for refill card, Maximum bill to accept, how long user messages should remain on the screen, How long to wait before a Money transaction times out if not completed, how long the turnstile remains open if there is no entry and many more.
Ø Entry Queue, if 10 clients pay or scan their ID to enter before the 1st person enters, the door will open 10 times.
Ø Rules based on Shkiah/Zricha (you would enter your longitude/latitude) so that if you want the mikvah to close 10 minutes before shabbos, you won’t have to change the closing time every week.
Ø Rules based upon Jewish calendar – when you set a rule for Yom Tov or Erev Yom Tov, you never have to set it again, the system runs based on the Lunar and Gregorian calendar.
Ø Member, Prepay, Entries and attendant type accounts. Ability to give discounts to a single member or a group, many other options available for each user such as x amount of extra entries per month (in case they forget their watch or keys).
Ø Ability to control number of entries permitted per each day, for example, you may choose to allow one entry for each day, and 2 entries on Friday – or if a person would come with 2 children on Friday, you may allow 4 entries on Friday.
Ø Fingerprint reader, eliminates the need for cards, and membership cannot be passed from one person to the another.
Ø Ability to add a receipt printer.
Ø User defined payment options – you may set up that users can pay by any number of weeks, months or years, or from Rosh Chodesh to Rosh Chodesh or you can even have them pay the shul membership.
Ø Dynamic system can work with many “optional devices” configuration – you may add optional components at a later time.
Ø Ability to clock in and clock out for Mikvah employees that can be used for calculating pay roll etc.
Ø Integrated camera in the system for security.
There are many options that are too numerous to list, but this should give you an idea of the abilities of the system.
If a client would like to add a feature, it can be reviewed and added to the system for a nominal fee.
Our software consists of an underlying SQL database that stores the data that the application relies upon, this would include the members, rules, devices and logs.
There is an administration component from which the administrator would set up all the parameters of the system, this would be the “front end” in which the administrator would input details regarding the members, settings, devices, rules etc. and it would store all this in the database. This may be installed on a remotely operated computer (provided by the client) so that the administrator may work in comfort of his office and remotely control the system. To take advantage of this, the client must provide network access to the main system.
There is an engine that communicates with all of the attached devices and this component must remain active at all times that the system controls the access. It is an online screen that shows the user the current date and Time, the Parsha and if it is a Yom Tov it will show as well.
There is another screen that shows an active log of who attempted to enter, who was accepted or rejected, when money was inserted and when the door was opened. This allows the user to see actively what is happening in real time. This will run in the main unit, but will not show unless an administrator Chooses to show it – users at the Mikvah will see it on the screen as well.