CarGuard White Paper

Auto Theft and Physical Access Control

Motor vehicle theft is a serious problem that causes losses in the millions of dollars to private individuals and companies each year. Motor vehicle theft includes the stealing of automobiles, trucks, buses, and motorcycles. Stolen automobiles are used in the commission of many serious crimes including bank robbery, criminal escape attempts, and terrorist bombings. Traditional security methods include the standard key, as well as additional anti-theft hardware such as steering wheel and brake pedal locks, and electronic access control devices such as immobilizing devices with ignition cutoffs and starter and fuel system disablers. Another level of security might add electronic tracking devices. The electronic access control and tracking devices increases the options for protecting and granting access to a vehicle, and replaces the mechanical lock and key method with credential based control that give an added measure of management and security to the vehicle. Management software must administer a database of users and control who, where, and when to grant access.

The access authentication method must be secure. A biometric access control system that grants or denies access based on the reliable and established fingerprint technology is one of the most secure and foolproof methods for a credential based authentication approach to access control. This simple biometric solution facilitates a dependable access control system to increase security for both private vehicles and large commercial trucking and leasing industries.

Fingerprint Technology

Fingerprint technology has been around for a long time and is a sophisticated and verified form of identification. It has been used in criminal investigations for almost a hundred years. In fact, a fingerprint is so unique that it remains unchanged throughout a person’s lifetime. It is a human beings built in identity card. Combining fingerprint identification with modern scanning technology, a simple cost effective access control solution is created. A fingerprint scanner captures the unique fingerprint pattern and stores it on a database. The stored fingerprints serve as the basis for various levels of access control software to meet the requirements of a private user or business.

The CarGuard Physical Access Control System

The CarGuard access control system takes advantage of the captured fingerprint by analyzing the sample and comparing it to the other sample images stored. A person trying to gain access passes his finger through the high performance fingerprint scanner. The cutting edge scanner reads the fingerprint from the live tissue layer eliminating any problems associated with skin conditions or fake fingers. The CarGuard system performs a 1:N matching procedure on the acquired fingerprint which compares the input fingerprint with the information in the database. If there is a match, the person can gain access or not depending on the level of clearance assigned. The CarGuard system performs identification and matching exceptionally well and offers low false accept and false reject rates. If the driver is not enrolled in the system the CarGuard system prevents ignition of the engine. The system is connected to a GSM tracking device in case the vehicle is stolen by towing the vehicle.

The management features of the CarGuard system can be tailored to the specific needs of the user. A standalone system can be installed for small private usage, while a large business system may require many users. The CarGuard access control system is offered as the Silver model and the Gold model. The Silver model is ideal for private use or a small business needs while the Gold model is the large business model. In standalone mode, the unit controls the remote relays used to disconnect the engine/fuel. In managed mode, the unit is connected to a GSM modem which enables monitoring of drivers and unit management from a remote fleet management control center.

The CarGuard application software is modeled to accommodate the various requirements of the home or business. The database management software varies in complexity based on the levels of security required. The administrator or manager of the security system designates when a person is cleared for access. The administrator can enroll and add new users, delete users, and manage the user templates. Different levels of security clearance and privileges can be assigned to each user.

The CarGuard devices are connected remotely via the GSM modem so that the administrator can view the IP Address, unit ID and status of each device on the network. By connecting to a specific IP Address, the administrator can list all the users on that specific CarGuard device, add or delete users, add privileges to a user, and add a user from the local database to that specific device.

The CarGuard access control system provides a log of all users who tried to gain access through any CarGuard device. The log is saved whether the access was successful or not. The log shows the time of access and the ID of the worker.

CarGuard is an affordable fingerprint identification access control system perfect for the home and business. The user friendly system provides a full access management solution. The CarGuard provides an affordable access control system to ensure unsurpassed security and ease of use. It offers an effective simple to operate security solution for vehicle owners looking to protect their investment.

System Highlights

  • Reliable fingerprint technology access control
  • Seamless integration with GSM and other tracking systems
  • Intuitive management application
    • Enroll
    • Delete
    • Identify
  • Remote management
  • Standalone, Silver, and Gold models tailored to users needs
  • Easy and fast installation