​24/7 Gym Membership Access Control System

Posted on: April 13, 2018 by Borer Data Systems Ltd

Fingerprint identification readers are used to control access to gyms and leisure centres through portals, pods and turnstiles. Fingerprint authentication helps to boost revenues as there is no cost for providing and managing membership ID cards and it stops members sharing their gym membership cards or PIN’s with non-members.

Fingerprints are captured when new members are enrolled. Members’ details can be taken from existing membership databases or CRM’s. Chains of fitness centres can be supported, enabling the introduction of multi-site membership schemes.

The system can be enhanced with locker access control to safeguard members’ property, and integrated CCTV to enhance staff and members’ safety and security.

Member usage and time of access statistics enables owners to better plan staffing levels, while staff attendance recording ensures members of staff comply with agreed attendance schedules.

Case Study

Borer was approached by a fitness club based in the Middle East, with 21 club locations and over 20,000 members, to supply a fingerprint-based gym 24 /7 membership access control system.The system would have to operate across all sites and need be integrated with their existing membership database.A fingerprint access control solution was preferred because it would eliminate the expense and administration effort involved in the issue and management of membership cards, particularly for monthly short-term memberships. Fingerprint access technology also maximises membership revenue by restricting access to bona-fide active members while preventing members improperly sharing their membership cards and access codes with non-members.

Borer was able to assess their needs and installed a system that would work with the existing membership record system and use the Internet to connect all sites, while providing an easy to use fingerprint enrolment facility for biometric access control at each site.

Members can use multiple locations depending on their class of membership. Members only require the presentation of their fingerprint to access their home site. When a member visits another gym location, access at the reader requires input of the membership number followed by presentation of the corresponding enrolled finger before entry is granted. A library of all members’ fingerprints is held at each access turnstile.Daily, this is synchronised and all sites are updated over the network, from the central database. To ensure that biometric access is not compromised, in the event of a network failure, turnstile readers will continue to validate each member’s credentials without reference to the central membership database.

Biometric fingerprint enabled and Power over Ethernet powered turnstiles are installed at gym entrances. These only need single network cable, making for ease of installation.

The system currently manages the entry of 1200 or more members through a gym’s turnstiles every day, with peak traffic activity at lunch time and in the late afternoon.

Benefits achieved:

  • Statistics provided by the system assists in balancing staffing levels at peak times and at periods of low activity
  • Optimising 24/7 access allowing all-hours gyms to operate securely and to be more self-sufficient
  • Enable HQ to monitor each site’s membership access activity and produce site statistics and usage reports
  • Integrate with the existing members CRM database to expedite the enrolment of new members and membership renewals by automatically synchronising each site membership access control system with the central membership database
  • Reduce operating costs and enhance revenue by eliminating membership access cards and the sharing of membership credentials

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