HID Global Introduces RAIN UHF RFID and NFC Combo Tags

Organizations are seeking more robust radio frequency identification solutions that can handle inventory tracking in challenging environments, while also having the capability to be cloud-connected to identify, authenticate, locate and engage with various products. HID announced the HID Keg Tag family of RFID transponders that combine RAIN RFID and NFC technologies into a single tag for advanced supply chain management of returnable transport items.

Identiv Makes Products More Intelligent and Allows Consumers to Engage, Track, and Authenticate in the Internet of Things

Identiv announced that the company is expanding its partnership with Les Bouchages Delage to deliver Internet of Things ready solutions for near field communication connected bottles in the wine and spirit industry. Identiv and Les Bouchages Delage originally partnered while collaborating on an intelligent NFC bottle cap for a luxury cognac brand. Now, the two companies are expanding their partnership by equipping a wide variety of Les Bouchages Delage cap designs with Identiv’s NFC technology.

Why RFID Access Control on a Jobsite Is More Important Than You Think

A construction jobsite is a perfect example of where RFID technology is used in countless applications. Jobsites are able to use a variety of RFID frequencies in applications to ensure security and to automate previously manual processes. Some examples include: Locating long range, or hard to find items with active RFID.

SALTO Unveils JustIN: Mobile App Allows Your Smartphone to Serve as Your Hotel Room Key

The intuitive JustIN mobile key app developed by SALTO communicates securely via the Cloud and enables a hotel guest to receive his room key online, anytime, and anywhere. For the guest, the process is as simple as arriving at the hotel and deciding to receive the room key directly to his smartphone (iOS and Android devices) without going to hotel reception for the traditional check-in process.

Apple NFC Could Be Lightning Rod for Change in Access Control Industry

This is a Research Note from Blake Kozak, senior analyst for Security and Building Technologies at research firm IHS Inc. – For more than four years now, one of the most talked about trends has been field communication (NFC). NFC was supposed to change the face of the access control industry by eliminating the need for cards, subsequently reducing the administrative burden on organizations of all sizes all while increasing security. However this has not yet come to pass, with suppliers offering little more than pilot projects, with limited real-world installations.

Allegion To Feature New ENGAGE Technology-Enabled Schlage Wireless Electronic Locks At ASHE

Lets Healthcare Organizations Easily Migrate from Mechanical Locks to Electronic Access Control. Allegion plc (NYSE: ALLE), a leading global provider of security products and solutions, will show ASHE Annual exhibition attendees how easily they can migrate from mechanical locks to electronic access control to secure more openings at a lower cost than other electronic locks […]

Near Field Communication Market Worth $16.25 Billion By 2022

According to a new market research report "Near Field Communication (NFC) Market by Product (IC/Chips, Tags, Readers, and Auxiliary), Application (Payment, Transportation, Booking, Data Sharing, Service, Access Control, Health Care, and Tag applications) & by Geography – Global Forecasts to 2022", published by MarketsandMarkets, the total NFC Market is expected to reach $16.25 Billion by […]

BadgePass Launching aptiQmobile™ Web-Based Credential Management System

Allegion PLC (NYSE: ALLE), a leading global provider of security products and solutions, today announced that BadgePass is the first member of its aptiQ™ Developer Network to be fully integrated with aptiQmobile and able to take orders today. Instead of using the aptiQmobile online portal and then programming the credential information into their own access […]

Ready for Hybrid Access Control?

Ready for Hybrid Access Control? Today, there are three major initiatives for cards and credentials on college and healthcare campuses. Every security director needs to be aware of them. 1. Smart cards are becoming the credential of choice. If you presently use magnetic stripe or proximity cards, start planning for the switchover now. 2. It’s going to be a hybrid world. Although smart cards will be the credential of choice, multiple types of credentials such as key systems, PINs, various cards and biometrics , will still be necessary for certain operations. Adding specialized credentials to such areas is possible. And, even though you may be using multiple credentials, you still will want one system to manage all of them. 3. Get ready for new technologies such as near field communications (NFC) . With NFC-enabled smart phones, you will be able to employ your employees’/customers’ own smart phones as access credentials, just like they would use smart cards. Start preparing now. Now a smart credential, which costs about the same as a proximity card, provides a higher level of security, more convenience and far greater functionality. As used on campuses and in newer access control systems, smart credentials have the ability to manage access, payments and many other functions much more securely. For instance, MIFARE DESFire EV1 smart cards offer several layers of security, including mutual authentication. This creates the ability for the client to verify or authenticate the server. These smart credentials also provide: AES 128-bit encryption, a key […]

NFC-Enabled Multi-Function Payment Card Debuts In Sri Lanka

Home / MAIN IMAGE / NFC-enabled multi-function payment card debuts in Sri Lanka Groundbreaking initiative spearheaded by HNB with Visa, Airtel and market leader in NFC-enabled payment card technologies Sony Felica  By Shabiya Ali Ahlam Sri Lanka yesterday saw the debut of its first-ever Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled multifunction payment card via a groundbreaking initiative by HNB with Visa, Airtel and two other leading partners. Branded HNB One, and approved by the Central Bank, the product is a Visa Debit Card upgraded to have a prepaid component. As the unique feature makes it a ‘combo’ card, the objective of HNB One is to facilitate speed in transactions. While the debit card feature will function in the regular manner, the NFC-enabled prepaid component will allow transactions to be simple and quick with its ‘tap and go’ functionality. The multiple applications include toll payments in the transport industry, drive-through areas of fast food outlets and fuel stations, to name a few. Aimed at enhancing customer convenience, the solution is powered by Sony Felica, the market leader in NFC-enabled payment card technologies, and Smart Metro, which is providing the NFC-enabled terminals. The solution was unveiled to the media yesterday at a conference attended by HNB Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Alles, Bharti Airtel Lanka CEO Suren Goonewardene and Smart Metro Director Chandana Wijesooriya. In addition to providing access to HNB savings and current accounts, customers can also access their prepaid account with HNB One, where fund transfers can be made between accounts through HNB’s extensive ATM and […]

Zwipe Offers Fingerprint-Authenticated RFID Access-Control Card

Norwegian startup Zwipe is marketing a new passive Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID access-control card that incorporates a fingerprint scanner to authenticate an individual before the card responds to an RFID reader. Initially, the company has signed contracts with two access-control technology distributors—one in the United States and the other in Europe—both of which have asked to remain unnamed. Commercial release of the card, known as Zwipe Access, follows two pilots in Oslo—one conducted at Telemark University College (TUC), and the other at law firm Simonsen Vogt Wiig —says Kim Kristian Humborstad, Zwipe’s CEO and cofounder. The card is also being tested by several other small Norwegian companies, he says. At Simonsen Vogt Wiig, the Zwipe technology is being used by the law firm’s Stanley Security Solutions NFC-based access-control system. At TUC, as well as for several other pilots, Zwipe is providing a Salto Systems X4 door controller with a built-in RFID reader that supports cards made with NXP Semiconductors ‘ Mifare DESFire EV1 chip. Zwipe Access was first conceived by Humborstad and a fellow student at TUC’s school of innovation and entrepreneurship, Humborstad explains. Initially, he says, the team was focused on creating secure identification solutions that could authenticate an individual without intruding upon the user’s privacy. They were interested in how technology could be employed at grocery or convenience stores, for example, to prove a customer buying liquor or other controlled products was who he said he was. Eventually, Humborstad reports, they found a market for improved […]

HID Global Sees Gradual Shift From Smart Cards to NFC

With NFC on access control, it will be able to drive to a level of critical acceptance Interviews | by Sharath Kumar BANGALORE, INDIA: We are about to embark on a new generation of access control technology in which mechanical keys – and even plastic smart cards – are either replaced – or at least, augmented — by digital keys and portable digital identity credentials that can be securely provisioned onto NFC-enabled smartphones and other mobile devices. In an interaction with CIOL, Ranjit Nambiar, director of sales, India and SAARC, HID Global shared insights on applications of NFC technology day-to-day businesses that are set to take off in India. Excerpts: CIOL: Can you share with us your journey from RFID cards to NFC Ranjit Nambiar: HID Global comes with an identity security background, which means, we are into the business of basically securing identities. Identities could be in any form. It could be in biometrics, access control, IT authentication, card control. If you look at the core of our technology, most of the solutions of what we have, Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is one of them. We extensively use RFID with respect to secure identity solution. We have other businesses also, which are non RFID centric. It’s a secure identity business with RFID as a core technology is what we use. We have come out with a new series of physical access control readers which are NFC enabled. The platform is called the ICLASS SE. ICLASS is a brand of […]

MasterCard Certifies OTI’s ‘Wave’ NFC Device, Paving Way Toward Greater NFC Adoption Of Wallet-less World

MasterCard Certifies OTIs Wave NFC Device, Paving Way Toward Greater NFC Adoption and a Wallet less World The Wave is the industry’s first audio jack plug-in NFC payment solution and the only to receive certification from a major payment company like MasterCard. Based on OTI’s patented NFC technology, the compact Wave dongle is device agnostic, easily plugging into any smartphone, tablet or PC, allowing users to pay with their device while enjoying real-time benefits from loyalty programs and other incentives as delivered by the corresponding application. It opens up a whole new world of mobile device applications, while alleviating the burden of a wallet full of credit cards. “Receiving certification from MasterCard provides essential validation of our technology platform and opens up significant greenfield opportunities for our Wave solution,” commented Ofer Tziperman, OTI’s CEO. “We can now begin to target large-scale implementations with banking institutions and payment card providers, as well as projects involving public transportation, institutional memberships, and loyalty and rewards programs. “As the first major player in the payment industry to certify OTI’s Wave, MasterCard provides validation of our NFC solution — now the payment industry’s only certified NFC audio-jack add-on solution. We expect other major payment companies to follow suit and provide certification in the near future. “With NFC-enabled applications expected to grow at a 35% CAGR to $34.5 billion by 2016, it’s clear the payment industry is rapidly adopting NFC technology. NFC is becoming increasingly recognized as the fastest, most efficient, most versatile and secured […]

MasterCard Joins FIDO Alliance March To Standardize Biometric Authorization And Other Alternatives

Danielle Walker, Reporter October 09, 2013 Plans include an open standard that would shrink users’ dependency on passwords. Plans include an open standard that would shrink users’ dependency on passwords. MasterCard has joined forces with an organization that aims to eliminate consumers’ dependency on passwords and PINs for authentication. Last Wednesday, USA Today broke the news that the global payment processor planned to become a member of the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance, which was formed in 2012 by online transaction giant PayPal and a number of other companies to embrace innovative solutions for verifying users’ identities. By early 2014, the FIDO Alliance plans to introduce specifications for an open protocol standard for two-factor and multifactor authentication . The specifications would support biometric technologies, such as fingerprint scanners, voice and facial recognition, and other authentication measures, including one-time passwords (OTP) and near-field communication (NFC), a wireless technology that establishes communication between mobile devices through physical contact. In April, Google joined the FIDO Alliance. Now with the addition of MasterCard, the organization gains another power player in the industry that could give weight to its mission. On Tuesday, Brennen Byrne, CEO of Clef, an Oakland, Calif.-based mobile authentication startup, told that MasterCard’s participation in FIDO was a positive step. “The industry in general is looking for new ways to improve [methods] of authenticating,” Byrne said. “So it’s not surprising to me that MasterCard is joining on and taking the FIDO Alliance seriously,” he continued, adding later that “it’s good […]

Access Control Goes Near Field Communication (NFC)

As cell phone manufacturers add NFC capabilities to their smartphones, users can wave their phones at a door reader and gain access to a building. NFC is an exciting new technology for the access control market especially in hospitality and residential buildings such as apartments making the process more convenient and less costly to implement