Transit in Motion: Hands-free Fare Gates RFID Solution

The Problem

What happens when a metropolitan travel expert with a command to treat all clients similarly, and individuals with inabilities who are basically hoping to be dealt with ‘quite recently like every other person’ are defied with a similar issue? It’s the ideal open door for innovation to cross over any barrier with a solid RFID arrangement that is both practical and makes great utilization of open assets.

Who we are

Hyperlight Systems is a Vancouver based RFID and Internet of Things (IoT) Integrator that exceeds expectations in full stack solutions accessibility in public transit, supply chain, and tracking things that matter. The organization is steering a custom RFID arrangement called OpenHAP (Hands-free Access Point): an imaginative plan that permits people who don’t have utilization of their arms to use passive RFID tags to enter and leave train stations without tapping their travel payment card. While individuals with handicaps are very ingenious with the way they utilize different parts of their body to fulfill basic undertakings, OpenHAP is altogether different because it enables clients to go through open spaces with dignity. Hyperlight is wanting to convey the solution across 55 urban train stations, and then bring it to other cities across the world.

Innovation Partner

Hyperlight has found the ideal partner in RFID Canada in the wake of assessing a few equipment sellers through a fair-minded focal point. The two organizations brought skill and experience to convey a front line arrangement. An evaluation was attempted to analyze contending technologies like Beacons (BLE), active and passive RFID. The outcomes drove the route for a Proof of Concept. The venture is on focus to meet some very strict timelines.

The Solution

For most of us, accessibility is a matter of convenience, but for those of us who are physically challenged, access is about independence and freedom. Hyperlight Systems understood the problem and created the perfect solution. Clients with handicaps will be given a choice of OpenHAP RFID tags on lanyards that will trigger the opening of CUBIC fare doors, which today just work with the tap and go installment card framework. As a client’s wheelchair approaches the assigned fare entryway, the RF signal is picked up at a pre-defined distance by Feig’s UHF Long Range RFID reader. The RFID reader then sends a message on the wire to a middleware integration platform, that conveys the message to the gate telling it to open to allow the passenger through and then close again at the time the RFID tag leaves the assigned zone. This is all done without making any physical adjustments to the current CUBIC fare gates. Future enhancement possibilities include real-time data analytics and visualization for business decision support.

Conclusion

A traditional access gate solution for people with special needs would have required substantial construction work and time to build separate entrance gates at each station. It would have cost tax payers significantly more (in both time and money) than what our solution is able to provide. We are delighted to be working with the RFID Canada team to build next-generation access solution whenever there’s an opportunity to drive innovation and create amazing customer experiences.

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