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RFID User Authentication Drives Access Beyond the Door

Companies are leveraging the cards employees are already carrying to control access to the information, systems, materials and devices their staff uses at work.
By David Koma

Industrial vending machines and kiosks: Industrial vending machines and kiosks are an increasingly popular solution for providing employees with access to necessary materials and equipment, ranging from lab chemicals to safety gear. RFID user authentication and access control ensure that only authorized employees can gain access to materials and supplies. They can also link user identities to the materials they use for increased accountability and better materials management.

Material handling and manufacturing equipment: RFID can control access to expensive and potentially dangerous equipment, such as forklifts or robots. User authentication and access control ensure that only trained and authorized individuals can operate equipment or make changes to their programming. RFID is simpler and more secure than a key system and provides a record of who has used equipment.

Fleet management: Managing dozens or hundreds of expensive mobile assets is a tough job. Fortunately, today's fleet managers have plenty of software and hardware options to make it easier, from sophisticated in-vehicle telematics systems to back-end scheduling and logistics software. These tools help fleet managers control costs, reduce risks and improve driver accountability. All of these benefits depend on the ability to correctly identify individual drivers or users, and to control who has access to vehicles, equipment or systems—which RFID proximity readers enable.

RFID clearly offers benefits for developers and the end-user customers they serve. But not all RFID is created equally. Understand the differences in RFID reader technology by downloading ELATEC's free guide, "RFID Means Business."

David Koma is responsible for ELATEC USA's business development for industry solutions, which include multiple markets and applications. David and his team of account managers and applications specialists provide consultation and support OEMs, integrators and distributors. ELATEC is a designer and manufacturer of user-authentication and access-control solutions for security and numerous other applications. For more information, contact Dave Koma at 610-613-7970 or d.koma@elatec.com.

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