Robert Kreslin (2011) The RFID smart card management application for the hotel access control. EngD thesis.
In this thesis we wanted to present the project that was made for a smaller hotel in Nova Gorica. The goal was to create an application for managing access control according to customer's wishes as well as to introduce the system into the existent infrastructure. The first step was to define what access control actually means. In broad terms it is divided into RFID – radio-frequency identification and biometric identification. Both have their strengths and their weaknesses. Next step was choosing the right tools to develop the application for managing access control. We picked Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft .NET framework using C# programming language. We analyzed the customer's requirements, defined the functional and non-functional requirements and set up a database. The most demanding part was of course developing the application, studying the hardware and how to communicate with it. We chose the hardware created by IDTECK, which has been at the forefront of manufacturing and developing access control hardware for more than 20 years. Their products are moderately priced and they provide software developers with the SDK development kit that allows the developers to upgrade their solutions according to customer's wishes. The thesis thus offers an overview of the development of an application for managing smart RFID card, made to suit the customer's wishes. We created an application that offers more than access control, enabling an overview of its users i.e. hotel guests as well as automatically disabling the users after a set date, which is something that access control hardware does not offer without a software solution. While researching various options we learned many details of access control and learned a lot about developing applications in Microsoft Visual Studio environment. In development we learned that there are many various other useful functions that access control allows, from calculating presence to timetables of working time and along with that an automatic calculation of the working hours.
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