ATOM® delivers easy check-in for guests at Japan's oldest Buddhist temple

Reading, UK, October 2017

 

As the global headquarters of the Kōyasan Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism, Mt. Kōya was registered by UNESCO as world heritage site in 2004. Mt Kōya is well known by Japanese and non-Japanese alike as a destination to experience a uniquely spiritual atmosphere with opportunities to participate in Buddhist rituals and teachings.


Mt. Kōya itself has over 120 temples, 52 of which offer lodging facilities providing a great opportunity to experience and participate in a monk’s daily life. However, as a guest house, Japanese law requires that the monks obtain and verify a copy of every guest’s passport, keeping a record for 5 years. As with all other hotels, hostels and guest houses authorities could demand to see these records at any time.

 

Until very recently most hotels and ryokan would take a photocopy and store it in a binder in a secured location. However, this is time consuming for operators and detracts significantly from the guest experience as the photocopying is done out of sight of the guest in the reception back office.

 

The monks at the Ekoin performed these duties on a daily basis; however, the increase in guest numbers meant the process was interfering more and more with the daily life of the monastery. ATOM resolves all of these issues in a single process taking only seconds; improving both the customer and operator check-in experience.

 

The ATOM ePassport reader combines the most advanced technology with a small, elegant design and minimal footprint. Passport image capture, OCR text conversion and data import complete within just a few seconds thanks to its USB 3.0 high speed data transfer capability. This improves the guest check in process significantly and provides “peace of mind” as the passport never leaves the guests sight. The Access-IS software meets all of the requirements of the legislation such as image data store; it provides digitised data eliminating all of the paper based process.

 

 

 

About Access-IS

Access-IS is at the forefront of the development of innovative electronic systems; specialising in image processing, RFID/NFC technology, barcode reading and specialist keyboards. Access-IS are dedicated to manufacturing innovative products designed to accurately capture and transfer information into electronic systems.

Access-IS is the market leader in the Airports & Airlines sector with rapid growth in the Identity & Security and Transportation & Ticketing sectors over the past few years. The Company now boasts a very large install which sees Access-IS products in daily use in over 72 countries. In addition to our specialist custom keyboards, which are now the ‘de-facto’ standard for some of the largest banks, airlines and retailers in the world, the product range includes boarding gate readers, a wide range of document readers for ID document capture & scanning and ticket readers for ground transport & access control.

Access-IS ID & Security products are designed to read e-Passport, e-ID and e-DL for governmental and commercial applications. From the world’s smallest OEM OCR reader to our advanced full-page passport reader, we have a product for every application; Border Control, Immigration, Document Issuance, Law Enforcement, Banking, Retail, Data Capture, KYC or Anti-Money Laundering and Age Verification.

Accredited to ISO9001:2008 and with a track record stretching back 30 years, Access-IS continues to guarantee the highest standards of design and quality with its dedicated Research and Development team based in the UK and the vast majority of its products manufactured in the UK with only the highest quality materials and techniques.

 

Media Contact Information

Andrew Covey, Access-IS

Tel: +44 (0)118 966 3333
Email: Andrew.Covey@access-is.com


About Ekoin

Set on a lush property on a commercial street, this tranquil Buddhist monastery with rooms is 12 minutes' walk from Kongōbu-ji temple and 1 km from Mount Kōya.

Simple rooms with traditional Japanese decor feature tatami mats and chabudai dining tables; some have balconies or terraces. Room service is available. Special prayer services are offered in the temple. Other amenities include a library and a meditation hall, as well as a hot spring bath, and a garden with a pond.

For more information for Ekoin and Koyasan please visit the following links. http://eng.shukubo.net/ http://www.ekoin.jp/en/index.html

 

For more information for Ekoin and Koyasan please visit the following links.

http://eng.shukubo.net/

http://www.ekoin.jp/en/index.html