[Noisebridge-discuss] Fwd: Meeting today: bring your clipper card - Seeding the access control file with members and users

Henner Zeller h.zeller at acm.org
Tue Oct 28 19:26:28 UTC 2014

On 28 October 2014 12:22, Torrie Fischer <tdfischer at hackerbots.net> wrote:
> This is awesome, Henner :3
> I'm focusing on reengineering my CNC key milling mount stuff before switching
> to work more on gpio-tty, but I assure you that it has not escaped my mind :)
> (patches welcome!)

I have some open-source projects in my queue that need my attention
again, but then I'll have a look at that code. Should be doable.


> On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:05:35 AM Henner Zeller wrote:
>> [ Version without pictures on NB discuss ]
>> Hi,
>> TL;DR: Gate RFID works; upstairs soon. Bring your 13.56Mhz RFID device
>> today (older Clipper cards, some keyfobs) to be added to the initial
>> seed of access file.
>> The gate downstairs works with PIN-codes again (can use the old gate
>> pin file) and also with RFID (with some RFID reader somewhat
>> temporarily mounted in the pocket of the outside phone - I'll 3D print
>> a nice cover for that).
>> The upper door is prepared (outside RFID reader and electric strike),
>> but couldn't be connected yet due to lack of serial lines on the RPi.
>> I'll fix that with some USB2Serial converters (And yes, I do _not_ use
>> #@*& FTDI). Then replace that with Torries' gpio-tty
>> https://github.com/phrobo/gpiotty (nice, it can do RX now, I didn't know).
>> I think I'll get upstairs running on the weekend.
>> The work on the case for the access control machinery is coming along
>> (right now, it is in a Tupper-box on the shelf, but Rubin has a nice
>> metal case to put that in) - I'll mount that on the coming weekend.
>> Software that manages the terminals has been work by Pavel, Casey and
>> me and is taking shape. It can deal with reading the legacy gate pin
>> door codes and can manage one or more RFID devices per person.
>> There is a quick way to add new users for the day or as permanent
>> visitors via a terminal inside the space with some LCD display -
>> adding new users will be a breeze and much less involved than it was
>> in the past; one building-block towards a welcoming community.
>> Other things that used to be tedious can now be simplified, e.g.
>> creating a temporary pin to hand out for people attending a class.
>> The LCD terminal still needs some case (right now a bunch of wild
>> wires) but I'll bring it today so that we can add some users.
>> (There is a caveat: not all RFID readers are created equal - some seem
>> to have trouble reading perfectly good cards - so don't be
>> disappointed if your card doesn't work. I think I'll order a bunch of
>> keyfobs.
>> I got these readers cheap from eBay, maybe I need board design an RFID
>> board to make these proper. Also probably adding support for 125kHz
>> cards)
>> -h
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