Are There Any NFC-Based Solutions for Manned Guarding Applications?

Published: June 22, 2010

Has RFID Journal published any case studies, or are you aware of any projects, involving the use of Near Field Communication technology for manned guarding?

—Jaideep, India


Dear Jaideep,

We have not published any case studies related to that particular topic, but one of the earliest applications of NFC-enabled phones was developed by Nokia for security and maintenance personnel. It involved tagging specific locations, and guards were required to scan an NFC tag with a Nokia phone to confirm they had actually physically visited a door to ensure it was locked (see Nokia Uses RFID-Enabled Phones to Police Its Security Guards).

The system couldn’t actually confirm that a door was locked, but it did ensure that the guard visited each location on a site. The assumption was that if that person visited the site, then he or she would check the door while there.

Other than that, I am unaware of any applications involving guards. If our readers are aware of any applications or case studies that might be relevant, please post information about them below. Thank you.

—Mark Roberti, Editor, RFID Journal