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November 10, 2010

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Loading-bay safety – Easilift anti-drive-off management system

Easilift Loading Systems has joined forces with access-management systems specialist Traka to produce the Anti-Drive-Off loading-bay management system, which is said to prevent drive-away incidents by synchronising the dock door and associated control equipment with an electronic key-control system.

The system can be retro-fitted and, according to Easilift, it ensures that not only are drivers prevented from moving their vehicles but the dock doors can only be opened by qualified staff. It provides companies with an audit trail, giving them a record of loading-bay activity, adds Easilift.

When drivers arrive on site and are assigned a loading dock, a Traka iFob corresponding to the dock number is attached to their keys. The iFob is described as an intelligent key containing a unique electronic chip, which is inserted into a Traka key cabinet by the transport manager. A related iFob is then removed and handed to the driver as a receipt. It is only when this second iFob is removed that the doors to the dock can be opened. The cabinet sends a message to the dock-door controller, which illuminates a green LED, showing that the door is ‘live’.

Only an authorised person can open the dock door, to ensure that loading or unloading takes place safely. Drive-off accidents are prevented because the driver does not have the vehicle keys, explains Easilift.

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