Guardian vandal-resistant and Gibraltar bullet-resistant contactless proximity card readers by Farpointe Data, a DORMA Group company, are ideal for installations where more durability is required than with a standard proximity reader. According to Farpointe, they are becoming popular at schools, universities, correctional institutions, housing authorities, factories, hospitals and other locales where RFID proximity and smartcard readers can take a beating.

“The quality, durability and reliability of Farpointe Data’s Guardian and Gibraltar series readers translate into significant financial advantages,” said Scott Lindley, Farpointe Data president. “In situations that would damage conventional readers, rugged Guardian and Gibraltar Series readers keep performing. As a result, end users eliminate costly repairs or replacements and integrators avoid nuisance service calls. The bottom-line results are compelling: lower total cost of ownership and greater return on investment over the access control system’s useful life.”

Because standard housing is simply not enough for an RFID card reader at many locations, the Farpointe lineup of Guardian and Gibraltar card readers is designed to provide the protection needed to keep the access control system up and running, the company described.

In both types of hazard-resistant readers, protection is greatly enhanced because the electronics are sealed in weather- and tamper-resistant epoxy potting for both indoor and outdoor operations, not only providing an IP67 rating but protecting the electronics from water, steam, detergents, dust, sand, tools and other elements that could impede data collection. The Guardian readers are manufactured from thick polycarbonate material and ship standard with tamperproof screws. An anti-tamper mode is also available, providing supervision of both the reader and its cabling.

Farpointe’s Gibraltar card readers provide the highest level of vandal resistance by featuring a virtually indestructible exterior, according to the manufacturer. In addition to all of the features of the Guardian readers, the Gibraltar readers are milled from a solid block of stainless steel and reinforced with a bullet-resistant ShotBLOCKER insert that is compliant with UL752 performance-level standards of ballistic protection.

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