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Bags Pack Extra Security Via NFC Tag
The Alert Mobile Security solution uses RFID and a smartphone app that enables law-enforcement agencies, laboratories and other potential users to verify the chain of custody and authenticity of items sealed inside bags.
Jan 27, 2015—
German mobile app and software company Ginstr has teamed up with Packaging Horizons, a U.S. manufacturer of plastic security bags, to market a tamper-evident secure bag employing Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID technology to track the chain of custody of important items, such as forensic evidence or lab specimens.
The solution, known as Alert Mobile Security, is intended to manage items that may have a high security concern. Users can employ the NFC reader built into their phones, or a dedicated high-frequency (HF) RFID reader, to capture the unique ID number of the tag built into the secure bag. That ID can then be viewed via the Ginstr app on a smartphone. Alternatively, the user can run the Ginstr Administration software on a computer to access the data residing on a cloud-based server.
The Berlin company sells RFID-based solutions for hospital bed inventory tracking, library checkout, and attendance tracking at chemical plants, mines and construction sites. It also offers RFID-enabled apps for tracking security guard tours, as well as for fire extinguisher or smoke detector maintenance and inspection, and another that helps home-health-care nurses manage their patient visits and tasks. In each scenario, the system consists of an app that can be purchased for each phone or tablet device for a flat fee, in addition to a monthly charge for access to cloud-based software, which can also be integrated with a user's existing management software.
"It turns out that the NFC functionality is being highly appreciated," Semm says, adding that his company's customers find that the technology provides an easy way to capture or send data from a specific location. The NFC-based app's functions could be as simple as identifying that a security guard has reported to a room or building, he says, or could be much more complex.
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