The American School of Guatemala is now using HID Global’s Seos credentialing system for physical access control. The school has now distributed 1,500 Seos smart cards to students, staff, and parents, and those cards can be swiped at HID readers that have been installed at pedestrian and vehicle entrances to gain access to the school.
The deployment was carried out in collaboration with Grupo RQM, which acted as the local system integrator. The HID system replaces the American School’s outdated legacy setup, which relied on fingerprint logs and written documents. The School indicated that the old system was far more time consuming, and that the time needed for the average student drop-off has plummeted from 40 to 18 minutes since adopting Seos.
The American School is a private K-12 college prep school located in Guatemala City. In addition to the Seos cards, the school is currently trialing HID’s Mobile Access solution, allowing people to enter the parking lot with a digital credential stored on their smartphone. The HID readers can pick up those digital credentials even when the car window is rolled up, making things more convenient for people who arrive in bulletproof vehicles that cannot roll their windows down.
HID Global indicated that the school is now searching for other applications of its Seos technology. For example, the school could use Seos to help manage the library, or to facilitate student payment services.
“We’ve significantly improved the management of vehicle traffic by reducing the time it takes parents to access the parking lot,” said a spokesperson with the American School’s Security Office. “We’ve been able to improve evacuation and emergency processes for our students and staff, and we have an automated system to manage the entry and exit times of our employees to know where everyone is located on our large campus.”
HID Global’s Seos technology recently appeared in the latest version of the Nymi Band, while Fidesmo has integrated Seos into secure element chips for wearable devices. Avalon is also using HID Mobile Access at its facilities in Dublin, New York, Florida, and Hong Kong.