GroundControl supports USB-connected proximity card readers manufactured by RFIDeas, which is the most common reader on the market. Many brands resell the RFIDeas reader, including Imprivata.
If you’re using Imprivata OneSign as your Identity Web Service, check out the next article for badge reader configuration.
To enable GroundControl support for proximity badge readers:
- Navigate to Admin > Checkout.
- For the Authentication method, select Proximity Badges.
Assuming you are still using the GroundControl User Service you previously set up, there’s an easy way to read the ID from the card.
- Start your Launchpad app, with the Proximity Card Reader connected via USB.
- Scan a sample Employee badge. You will hear several beeps. (If you do not hear any beeps, you may need to configure the reader to scan a different frequency.)
- Open the Users directory from the GroundControl admin console.
- The lower section of the User Directory will display “Unknown PINs” — the first one should be not a PIN but the hexadecimal ID scanned from the badge.
- Copy the ID and click Add User. Add a new user with this hexadecimal value as the PIN. It’s OK to repeat usernames in this directory.
After you add this ID to the user database, you should be able to scan the badge again to initial a checkout.
Understanding the Beeps
GroundControl uses beeps to communicate status.
|1 Beep||Good Scan|
...then 2 Beeps
|User Error: Badge was not found in the IDP|
...then 3 Beeps
|Device Error: No iPhones available, or automation error|
...then 4 Beeps
|Already Has Device: Admin > Check Out limits devices per user, and the username is already associated with a device.|