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National Park visitors enjoy the scenery, while SMARTair™ wireless access control looks after security

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SMARTair™ access control stops unauthorised entry to a mountain campsite. SMARTair™ access control stops unauthorised entry to a mountain campsite.

At a Slovakian campsite in the Tatra National Park, unauthorised access was causing problems, including vandalism and its associated financial burden. Throughout the busy season, park campground facilities were being used frequently by day-trippers, when they were intended for registered campsite guests only. This heightened the risk of theft and damage, as well as increasing wear and tear.

Park management organisation TANAP turned to SMARTair™ to secure the designated facilities. They sought an affordable solution to stop unauthorised use, and installed SMARTair™ wireless access control, with offline escutcheons and 350 wristband credentials supplied. Now, as guests check in, they receive a wristband which provides secured access to the private campsite facilities.

SMARTair™ escutcheons are wireless and battery-powered, so there was no complicated, expensive and intrusive cabling required during installation. SMARTair™ is ideal for retrofitting an existing structure like a campsite toilet block: installers simply replaced the standard door’s old mechanical lock with a SMARTair™ device, and connected it to the SMARTair™ software. There was no major upheaval or disruption to the site’s day-to-day running.

SMARTair™ has enabled TANAP to restrict access to registered users only. As guests come and go every day, access permissions for the wristbands are easily managed using the simple, intuitive SMARTair™ admin software. If a visitor loses their wristband — or one is stolen — it’s easy to delete its access authorisation using the admin system.

The installation at the Tatra National Park campground works via update-on-card, which is perfect in settings with medium to high user traffic. Wall updaters provide a link between the doors and the software, and access rights can be updated via user cards.

The result has been the elimination of unauthorised campsite use. “This is an ideal smart solution. Its simplicity, yet versatile functionality, make it easy to manage," says Savel Lubomir, Facility Manager at Tatra National Park. “SMARTair™ will help us reduce damage and wear-and-tear on the facilities, which can directly impact costs and the use of our resources.”

And now, campsite guests can access the Tatra National Park facilities whenever they want, without needing to locate staff or wait around for someone to arrive with an old-fashioned key.

For more information about SMARTair™ visit: www.tesa.es/discoverwireless

About Tatra National Park: The Tatra National Park is a national symbol of Slovakia, and in 1993 was designated a transboundary biosphere reserve by UNESCO. The park is famed for its mountainous scenery, and is visited by tourists, hikers and campers all year. For more information, see www.tanap.org.