Industrial Access Control - introducing FRANK
A growing application for RFID badge reading technology is HMI Access Control due to passwords to machine control not being secure once shared among the workforce. The FRANK offering from Fortress incorporates reading existing employee badges into any Ethernet control station from the Fortress range. FRANK stands for ‘Fortress RFID Access Network Keys’ and its major differentiation versus competition is driven from the Fortress approach of customization. "We actively want to engage end users and solve their specific problems in the way they would like to solve them."
Fortress ProNet units are third party approved to communicate to either Siemens (PROFINET/PROFIsafe) or Allen-Bradley (CIP Safety over Ethernet I/P) PLCs. The Fortress HMI Access Control Units can also incorporate custom I/O via buttons/lamps, and also quick disconnects. Entire enclosure housing push buttons and I/O cards can be entirely removed from installations. The ProNet units with push buttons are IP65 rated as standard.