RFID Technology Opening New Frontiers in Security
While RFID technology is nothing new, its growing application to security solutions—from visitor management and access control to secure credential protocols—is driving demand to new heights. RFID is making significant advances in a range of market verticals with various uses including track and trace solutions, asset control and management, authentication, fraud prevention and more.
RFID and Intelligent Identity
Forecasters predict 2017 will be the year digital identity transformation leads to numerous key trends, including cloud-based mobile adoption credential issuance and management. Digital credentials use RFID readers to make physical and online interactions and credentialed-access more valuable.
Initially used to track items in warehouses and other large-scale applications, the latest RFID trend is toward making technology more personal. If you lose your keys, the RFID tag attached to them sends a message directly to your phone with their exact location through crowd-sourced intelligence.
RFID Enables Authentication
RFID technology is considered a way to determine presence rather than identity, so it works best for security applications when incorporated with other measures. Combined with other technologies like cloud computing, mobile technology, biometrics and Internet of Things (IoT), RFID enables strict authentication linked to unique identity. If an RFID-enabled badge is stolen, the thief takes on the identity of the actual badge owner unless a secondary authentication control is in place.
An RFID tag or chip’s intelligence can be identified and monitored via the internet, presenting new opportunities for the technology including tracking and control of many different assets from anywhere in the world.
RFID and the Internet of Things
IoT increases the use of digital identities to help secure, customize and enhance the user experience across an increasing range of industry segments. It also helps streamline processes with real-time location systems and other capabilities. Demand is growing for cloud-based authentication platforms that add certainty to “proof of presence” and IoT applications.
Access control using RFID readers in conjunction with mobile access technology merges with IoT in smart buildings, helping facility managers efficiently manage HVAC systems based on which individuals enter or exit a room or area. RFID readers can also combine with mobile access technologies for building entry and access to internal doors, common areas, elevators, individual offices, and apartments.
Modern Applications of RFID
In remote locations, the unique flexibility and speed of RFID-based security make it possible to link to a training database to quickly determine which employees have completed specific training courses, identify who is permitted to work on a project, and identify which certifications expired. It provides the ability to simply tap a phone to a trusted tag to confirm workers at a designated site have completed assigned tasks.
RFID is also an appropriate solution for clients or employees in multiple locations. Incorporating Near Field Communication (NFC) or RFID along with other security checks such as PIN codes or biometrics, allows workers needing to access their desktops from multiple locations to do so securely on shared computer terminals.
Moving forward, RFID is expected to become more intelligent, more personal and more universal in security applications. It’s important you remain on top of security trends to not only protect your business but your employees and visitors. Consider implementing RFID technology in your security plans.