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QIS.TE PZ: Access control – more important than ever!

Access control – more important than ever!

Can it be automated as well?

Corona has changed the rules in many areas of public life. Whether trade, gastronomy, public space or places of assembly – the legal contact restrictions and requirements must be implemented. Many entrepreneurs, operators and organisers employ additional supervisory staff for this purpose in order to limit the number of people in the room to an acceptable maximum. This often causes considerable additional costs. With QIS’ smart people counter the problem can be solved easily and cheaply.

The COVID-19 pandemic still has the world firmly in its grip. The imperative of the hour is: we must all slow down the speed of the virus’ spread. For this reason, many governments around the world have made the opening of shopping centers, shops and meeting places subject to strict regulatory requirements. The contact restrictions require new security measures not only for retail and gastronomy.

However, in many places one was somewhat helpless in the face of the conditions. The implementation was connected with cumbersome manual actions. In supermarkets, each customer was given a mandatory shopping cart and even in drugstores, staff could hardly keep up with the customers who came in and called out to them to take a shopping basket. “Just recently, I visited a clothing store with my girlfriend that had come up with a clothespin solution,” explains Christian Schwindling, managing partner of the Friedrichsthal-based start-up company Qbing Industrial Solutions GmbH (QIS). “Each customer had to put on a colourful clothespin, which was then to be returned when leaving the store and disinfected. So they came up with something to set up an analogue people counter. It is not unusual for extra personnel to be assigned to this task. The companies that have already been shaken by the lockdown will incur further unnecessary costs. But it could be so easy and at the same time cheap to automate the people counting. We have developed the QIS.TE PZ, a digital people counter for admission control, especially for this purpose”.

Digital people counters have gained in importance especially now in the current corona crisis. They indicate how many people are in the shop, restaurant or swimming pool. And in a fast and uncomplicated way.

How does the digital people counter from QIS work?

“The QIS.TE PZ first determines the permissible number of persons for a certain room area. It uses a light barrier to count people entering and exiting and transmits the current status to an internet-capable device, such as a tablet. The status can therefore be checked at any time. The current status is signalled via illuminated displays, such as a traffic light or on displays. In addition, the light barrier can be combined with any closing device – such as a sliding or automatic door. The door therefore remains locked from the outside when the maximum number of people in the room is reached,” says the company boss.

Does this work if I have several accesses?

Christian Schwindling explains it like this: “Managing several inputs and outputs is quite easy with our people counter. The individual counters can communicate with each other. Automated counting saves personnel and ensures that the distance rules are observed. The QIS.TE PZ is suitable for the retail trade, gastronomy, banks and public offices as well as for shopping centres, airports, schools/universities, swimming pools and major events.”

Perhaps you could tell us something about the costs?

Christian Schwindling: “Our people counter is a cost-effective solution without running costs. We only charge 399,- Euro per door. Anyone who has to deploy personnel here particularly appreciates our solution. But you can also rent our equipment for a certain time.”

The company Qbing Industrial Solutions GmbH originated from a research group that was founded exactly ten years ago by the production and logistics expert Professor Steffen Hütter at the University of Applied Sciences of Saarland (HTW). At QIS today, everything revolves around Industry 4.0 and digitalization. The three most important sub-areas of QIS’ work cover industrial production, logistical processes within a company, and the use of technology in these areas.

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Short profile:

Already in 2010 the economist Prof. Dr. Steffen Hütter founded the Qbing research group at the Saarland University of Applied Sciences (HTW). Qbing Industrial Solutions GmbH – QIS for short – was then created from this research group in 2017. Prof. Hütter founded the company together with the industrial engineer Christian Schwindling and the two electrical engineers Christian Schmidt and Alexander Westhäusler.

At QIS, everything revolves around Industry 4.0 and digitalization. “The three most important sub-areas of our work comprise industrial production, logistical processes within a company, and the use of technology in these areas,” explains managing director Christian Schwindling. For example, it is about the control and recording or tracking of products. One of QIS’ industrial projects is concerned with optimal warehousing. “Intelligent shelves” keep track of which goods are removed or added and automatically report when stock is running low. Usually this is done with the help of RFID radio technology. The team of Qbing Industrial Solutions GmbH also relies on light barrier technologies that can also be used to control incoming and outgoing goods. This technology is now also used in the QIS.TE PZ admission control, a people counter for COVID 19 control.

While Christian Schwindling is responsible for commercial management and Christian Schmidt for technical management, Prof. Dr. Steffen Hütter and Prof. Dr.-Ing. are responsible for the company in an advisory capacity.

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