Are You Using NFC Technology To Its Fullest?
NFC technology, or near field communications, has been around for several years. But, like with all new technological advancements, as time goes by, the technology is adapted and its use expanded to make everyday tasks easier. This is true with NFC too; today it is used in homes, vehicles, in retail settings for marketing, to quickly checkout at stores, in hospitals and other healthcare settings, and to gain access to commercial properties.
Chances are, you have used NFC, but may not have known it. It works by using an electromagnetic radio field, and does not require physical contact for it to work. For example, instead of swiping your credit card, you can use Apple Pay by just passing your mobile device near the retail store’s point of sale terminal, use the Touch ID, and payment is completed. When you register a credit card with Apple Pay, the account number is assigned a unique ID number, and then encrypted and secured. So, when you make a transaction, your account number is not transmitted, only the unique ID number is transmitted. This helps to keep your personal financial accounts secure.
But, near field communications can do much more, including helping to secure commercial properties. While access cards for employees and visitors have been used for several decades, the expansion of NFC technology has made it more popular than ever before. Prior to its popularity, access control keys and cards typically required contact – to be specific, they had to be fed into a card reader, much like you see in many hotels today. This technology has challenges; the card has to be fed into the reader properly, and sometimes several times before it is read properly.
Facility managers have switched to NFC technology for access control to help speed the process of entering and exiting the building, while increasing security. In addition to the providing access to employees of the building, it can be used for visitor badges as well. One of the greatest challenges today in facility management is visitor management. For decades, handwritten visitor logs and badges were used; today, these are not an adequate solution for maintaining a safe and secure workplace. The best visitor management systems available today rely on NFC technology to help streamline the check-in and checkout processes while automatically ensuring entering visitors are not on the building’s do not admit list.
With a SaaS visitor management system like iVisitor from Veristream, facilities can elect to use NFC technology for badging, even for visitors. After pre-registration of a visitor by the host, the visitor receives a one-time-use digital badge via email to scan at the visitor kiosk when they arrive onsite. This helps to speed up the check-in process, removing much of the burden security teams face each day. In addition, with iSiteAccess, traveling executives and team members can receive the a digital badge that allows them to enter a facility, without hassle. The preregistration of their visit allows the facility to properly prepare for their arrival, easing the overall physical and emotional drain of travel.
The expansion of NFC technology has relieved many challenges, and saves tremendous time and effort in our day to day lives. From shopping, to watching a movie trailer, to viewing a restaurant menu, to turning on and off lights at home, and securing offices and other commercial facilities, we can use this burgeoning technology to our best advantage. As the technology continues to be adapted, keep your eyes open for more and more opportunities to use near field communications at home, and at work.