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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.
The greatest shortcoming for guards, Dennis notes, is the use of phones as opposed to handheld readers. "Employees complain that the mobile phones are not robust enough," she states. Ideally, she says, she would like to have an NFC-enabled mobile phone for outdoor use that could be operated in the rain and other harsh weather. Despite that fact, however, the tags themselves are easier to use within outdoor environments than bar codes, which could be damaged or made inoperable when wet.
"Using the RFID system to read the control points happens faster and, unlike bar codes, regardless of weather conditions, so the security force save two to 10 seconds at each reading," Dennis says, when compared with a bar-code scan. "The contactless reading means there is no wear and tear at the control points, and the cost of replacement parts can be saved."
During the past five years, Dennis says, Enaikoon has been offering other high-frequency (HF) 13.56 MHz RFID-based solutions, but in the past year, the firm began offering the NFC version of the system to be used with Galaxy Mini 2 NFC-enabled phones, which the company recommends simply because it is affordable and works well. The phone allows businesses to track employees and assets without investing in dedicated RFID readers. NFC technology, she adds, is a preferable alternative to QR codes, which can be copied by staff members (enabling them to read the codes without actually visiting the site), while NFC RFID tags cannot be easily duplicated.
Users can purchase the tags from Enaikoon, which encodes an ID and links that number to the location where the tag is installed. They can also buy the NFC-enabled smartphone from Enaikoon (the company recommends Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 mobile phones). Alternatively, users can acquire the phones on their own, as long as they choose an NFC-enabled smart phone running the Android operating system (version 2.3.3 and up).
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