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Bergische Security Co. Gains Visibility Via NFC
The firm uses NFC-enabled mobile phones and RFID tags to monitor security guards at its client sites.
Dec 07, 2012—Berlin's Bergische Bewachungsgesellschaft mbH (Bergische Security Co.) is employing Near Field Communication (NFC) passive radio frequency identification tags and mobile phones to provide visibility into the movements of its security officers at clients' sites. The InViu NFC-tracker system was provided by German tracking and monitoring solutions firm Enaikoon. The solution enables officers to tap a smartphone against tags installed through the buildings they monitor, thereby creating a digital record of where they go and when, in addition to issuing alerts to be sent if they fail to complete expected tasks.
The system enables the company to provide data regarding the officers' movements to clients, according to Evelyn Neuhaus, Bergische Security's owner. What's more, it's low-cost, since there is no need to purchase hardware, such as RFID readers. Instead, security guards simply utilize RFID-enabled mobile phones and pay a monthly fee to access hosted data.
In 2011, when the existing guard-monitoring system was discontinued, Bergische began seeking another solution to track guards on foot. GPS, while useful on vehicles, was not an option since the guards would often be indoors. Enaikoon offered an NFC solution that was a fraction of the cost of the other RFID-based options, since it requires only RFID tags and NFC-enabled phones. Additionally, Enaikoon's software platform could integrate guards' NFC-based data with the vehicle-tracking GPS data.
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