> So some sort of PC would be needed, I reckon. Obviously an ordinary old
> PC would be simple and cheap, but as Paolo suggested, an embedded system
> should be more reliable. That sort of technology is new to me, so I'll
> have to do a bit of research there. Would pc104.org be a reasonable
> place to start?
I would suggest you start out by looking at the gumstix
(http://www.gumstix.org/) for the host computer.
> Now, the cards. Security is not a major issue. There's nothing of huge
> value in the building, and if people let their cards be copied, then
> they will be held responsible for how those copies are used. So they're
> not going to do it.
But it could cost hundreds maybe a thousand euro to setup the system,
could this be a case of big expensive lock on a crap bike?
> Does anybody have any suggestions about where I can source stuff like
My experience on this topic is mostly with experimenting with RFID cards
and RFID reader. I've got a couple of readers the open source OpenPCD
(http://www.openpcd.org/) and two CardMan devices bought from
If your around this Friday evening why not to the Dublin 2600
(http://dublin.2600.ie/) meeting. I'll be there and can bring along
some of my RFID hardware and we could talk about it in more detail.
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