Another technology that can revolutionize health care involves the use of NFC (near field communication) tags. Unlike QR codes, which can be printed by the pharmacist on a prescription label, NFC tags are more like microchips, embedded in the bottle. They can monitor the weight of the bottle to determine whether a pill has been taken out, and they can be “easily programmed with a doctor’s instructions, including correct dosage, cautions, drug interactions and additional information that won’t fit on a current label,” said Jason Hart, CEO and Director of Identiv, Inc., a maker of NFC technology for the health care industry.
Confirming someone’s identity before giving them access to facilities or work sites is crucial for your security. In the past, most organizations used passive photo ID cards to prove identity. Now a days, Smart ID Cards are being used within organizations to improve security and reduce the risk of fraud. These new systems can be expensive and cumbersome to maintain.
Enter the Quick Response Code. This QR code is a 2 dimensional black and white barcode that provides a high-tech but low-cost method of meeting security requirements. They are quite popular due to the fast readability and data storage capacity as compared to standard UPC barcodes. They are not only used for store displays and websites but are also printed on business cards and IDs.
These little codes store promotions, Internet links as well as personal contact information and numbers to be used for everything from promotional and branding efforts to more traditional ID security on photo IDs. Both Jolly ID Flow and Evolis eMedia have the ability to support QR codes. Use these codes for time and attendance, contact information and marketing material.
To learn more, call on ASAP Identification Security, Inc. 317-488-1030 or email@example.com.
Near Field Communication (NFC) is the next generational evolution of the 13.56MHz contactless standard and is soon to be a ubiquitous technology that allows us to extend our digital lifestyles into the physical world.
NFC is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
NFC offers additional layers of security and two-way communication protocols which allow for a wide range of applications. This potential has lead to a widespread inclusion of NFC enabled chipsets in consumer mobile devices, which is in turn contributing to a near-ubiquitous deployment of the technology. It is also allowing for NFC to be integrated into security systems.
ASAP and our partner, Identive, offer an array of NFC tags, readers and software development kits for trending NFC applications. The Tagtrail™ cloud-based mobile services platform lets organizations of any size deliver dynamic, personalized content and services to consumers’ mobile devices via NFC and QR code interactions – and update their mobile campaigns based on real-time engagement analytics. Tagtrail™ delivers the right message at the right time to the right audience. Introduce new information, increase trust, drive decisions, and change behavior – with our NFC tag management platform. With Tagtrail, your messages get into customers’ personal communication devices, where they can review, share and act on them.
- Couponing – Use Tagtrail to build and reward loyalty with your customers. We can help you target specific information or offers to specific individuals. The same tag can deliver a coupon offer to a loyal customer and a welcome message to a first-time visitor. We can also help you assign multiple-use coupons or let your customers “share the deal” with their friends.
- Social Media – Use Tagtrail to facilitate social engagement through Facebook, Twitter or G+. Place tags at prominent spots within your environment to make it easy for visitors to check in, like or follow your business. Our pre-printed social media tags simplify the connection process for your customers.
- Wayfinding – Use Tagtrail to guide people to your store, restaurant or event. Tags placed on posters can guide people to you with turn by turn directions from wherever the tag is deployed.
- Advertising – Use Tagtrail to advertise weekly, daily, even hourly specials that drive customers to your business, again and again.
- Content Sharing – Use Tagtrail to share content such as blog entries, music, videos, special (even temporary) web pages or product information. And if the content changes, don’t worry about having to change the NFC tags –just update the content via the Tagtrail website, from your PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.
- WiFi Connect – Use Tagtrail to help customers and visitors quickly and securely connect to your local WiFi.
Posted on HID’s Blog on 04/19/13
by Debra Spitler
The move to a more “frictionless” security experience, meaning a security experience that does not slow users down, is one of the key trends HID Global anticipates will drive the industry in 2013. One way to remove friction is to embed credentials inside Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled smartphones and other mobile devices, so that users needn’t carry separate cards, keys and tokens. This not only removes friction but also meets the need for improved cost and convenience. For instance, organizations can still benefit from the use of strong authentication as a primary security pillar, without forcing employees to carry a dedicated security token. Instead, the token is on the user’s phone, which can also be used to open doors and conduct other secure transactions.
To make this frictionless security experience a reality, credentials will be embedded into NFC-enabled phones, and identity management will move to the cloud. Organizations will enable frictionless user login using both Software as a Service (SaaS) as well as internal enterprise applications. In a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment, employees will be able to use their personal devices. Cloud security becomes a critical ingredient. While much of today’s focus is on securing the platform, it will also be critical to resolve challenges around provisioning and revoking user identities across multiple cloud-based applications, while enabling secure, frictionless user login to those applications.
HID Global has worked with pilot partners including Netflix® and Good Technology™ to test some of these frictionless security concepts in the enterprise. The goal was to see how users would react to a mobile access control model, with cloud-based provisioning of digital keys and credentials. Both companies realized that people carry their phones everywhere and consider them to be almost like an extension of their ID (having conversations, conducting bank transactions, storing photos). This makes the devices an extremely convenient access control platform.
Frictionless access control requires more than convenience; solutions also must be easy to use. HID Global’s enterprise pilot participants found mobile access control to be as easy as using a traditional plastic card. Another requirement identified by pilot participants was a high level of device choice. This creates the need for widely available NFC-enabled phones and solutions that are based on open standards to simplify adoption, especially in a world of BYOD deployment and IT consumerization. Frictionless access control solutions based on open standards will also future-proof the access control infrastructure, ensuring that investments in today’s technologies can be leveraged in the future.
In addition to delivering the convenience and simplicity of frictionless security, the industry will also need to define best practices for managing and supporting today’s influx of BYOD mobile phones. Authentication from a personal device to an application on a corporate network or in the cloud will be critical. It also will be critical to ensure the personal privacy of BYOD users, while protecting the integrity of enterprise data and resources.
As we meet these challenges, we will deliver an increasingly frictionless security experience in a new era of cloud-based applications and services. This experience can spread rapidly as we take advantage of the smartphone’s on-board intelligence. Consider the possibilities for physical access control, alone. Today, approximately 5 percent of all facility doors have some sort of electronic access control. The rest are unsecured, or secured by a mechanical lock and key. When we let NFC-enabled smartphones serve as both the key and the rules engine that makes the access control decision, we could see more than five times that number secured and delivering a frictionless mobile experience in the future.
IDs offer just one more layer of security to your overall security plan. They can be simply a visual security tool or, with programmable cards, they can also help with physical and logical access, as well as other transactions. Either way, there are several options to add to your ID to make alteration or duplication more difficult.
Card stock with Visual Security Elements:
As the threat of fraud, theft and forgery looms large, today’s counterfeiters are more advanced than ever. The proliferation of digital printing technology has made forging legitimate-looking ID cards all too easy.
That’s why you need HID Global. Visual Security Solutions® are available including:
- Holographic Foil Cards – Custom-designed, metallized or translucent holograms are layered inside of the card, just below the surface to add a custom layer of security.
- Holographic Overlaminates (laminator required) – Lamination provides a layer of durability and security, especially with a custom laminate that is very difficult to replicate.
- Holographic HDP® Film (for use with retransfer printer) – Custom HDP film offers a layer of added security to your card design.
Fluorescent Printing (UV)
Most card manufactures offer ribbons which include a fluorescent panel for printing elements on the card that are only visible under UV light. Fluorescent printing makes duplicating and forgery more difficult.
Posted: 02/07/13 by Nils Wahlander
Implementing smarter smart card issuance with inline personalization
No longer a novelty, smart cards are a part of daily life for many of us. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find “dumb” ID badges personalized only with a color photo and black text that function simply to help others visually verify that we are who we say we are. Today’s smart IDs serve not only as photo identification, but also as access cards, debit cards and even mass transit passes in major cities across the world.
End users who manage the issuance of these smart cards to individuals in their organizations routinely synch up data that’s pre-programmed into the card’s electronics with personal data that gets printed onto the outside of the card. Specifically, within an organization’s database, an employee record containing a photograph, name and ID number gets updated to include a unique card ID number that was pre-programmed into a contactless card (and typically pre-printed onto the card’s surface) by a access card manufacturer or a system integrator.
How quickly and accurately the cardholder’s personal information is updated with the access card’s unique ID number varies. Many organizations’ first step is to use a desktop card printer to add color and text to a card’s exterior. Next, they extract the card from the printer’s output bin, turn to their computer and manually type the pre-printed/pre-programmed ID number into that cardholder’s record in the database. If their system is slightly more automated, they may have an external desktop reader on which they can tap the smart card in order to electronically copy its ID number into the cardholder’s record.
This two-step process is used so frequently that card issuers have grown accustomed to synchronizing their cards this way, even though it adds time to the issuance process and increases the potential for keying errors. Often when a typing error is made, it is not discovered until the cardholder attempts to enter a facility and is denied access, which compounds the error and adds even more time to the issuance process.
Today, the tools enabling issuers to move away from the outdated two-step process into one, inline smart card personalization process are readily available. In an inline personalization process, users submit a card into a desktop printer equipped with an internal smart card encoder, and in one seamless step the printer/encoder personalizes the card inside and out. This inline process saves time so issuers can focus on other tasks, increase card throughput and effectively reduce errors that commonly occur during the synchronization process.
Nearly all major card printer manufacturers offer the option to build card readers/encoders into the machines, and offer card issuance software that is compatible with the integrated system. If an organization already owns a card printer, it can usually be upgraded with an encoder in the field.
By integrating readers/encoders into card printer hardware, organizations position themselves to leverage the benefits of smart card applications well into the future. And when they’re ready to maximize their smart cards’ functionality, they’ll already have the smart issuance part of the equation figured out.
They send a message that you care about the security of your people, buildings and assets. It also ensures a uniform marketing message with your company logo and/or tag line. Ultimately, there is a positive return on investment that such a photo ID system provides your organization. Some other functions include:
- Opening closing doors via a Prox or iClass tech card. HID also offers an HID on the Desktop to utilize your tech card + PIN to log into Windows.
- Clocking in/out is another option using a bar code, mag stripe or access control system already installed in your building.
- Visitor safety and security with visitor IDs, either personalized with name/photo or generic, depending on your needs and each visitor.
- Marketing/messaging can also be supported by a uniform visual security tool that includes your company logo and/or tag line.
For more information on options and benefits, please call ASAP Identification Security at 317-488-1030 or email us.
Quick Response, or QR, codes are 2-dimensional bar codes. They are reliable and have a large capacity for storing anything from organization data to access control to contract information (replacing your old business cards) all which can be read by an app on your SmartPhone or by a bar code reader.
You can add a QR code to your photo ID to support your business requirements. In order to do so effective, consider Jolly’s ID Flow card design software or ask ASAP to produce your IDs for you. We just need your raw data and we can produce specialized tags loaded with your data quickly and affordably.
Contact ASAP Identification at 317-488-1030 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the use of a wireless non-contact system that uses radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data from a tag attached to an object, for the purposes of automatic identification and tracking. The tag contains electronically stored information which can be read from up to several meters (yards) away. Unlike a bar code, the tag does not need to be within line of sight of the reader and may be embedded in the tracked object.
RFID can be found in various different objects, such as passports, ID cards, hospitals, and schools and universities. With RFID technology in some ID cards, private information can easily be stolen.
ASAP can help protect your id cards and even your credit cards with RFID Protection Sleeves. For more information on how to obtain these protection sleeves, please call (317-488-10320) or email Sheila Brown (email@example.com) with questions.
Regardless of the size or mission of your organization, knowing who is in your facility, why the visitor is on site and with whom they are meeting is good for both safety and business. Visitor management lets you know the who, what, where, why and when of the people in your building so you can keep everyone safe, secure and aware.
Like most other solutions, visitor management software solutions are available in different levels of capabilities to meet your organization’s needs and budget.
Visitor Management Solutions for Small-Size operations such as elementary schools, churches, local government or small businesses:
For small organizations, let ASAP produce reusable PVC visitor badges on lanyards or clips for your visitors to wear when in your building. This can include your logo or a color block to indicate whom they are visiting. If you need a solution to include sign-in and tracking, simple time-expiring tags with adhesive backs are an affordable option. Finally, a software-based visitor solution allows you to track more than just a name and allows you to print badges with name/company/date for the visitor to wear while on site.
Visitor ID Solutions for Mid-Size operations such as high schools, colleges and city government organizations:
For middle sized organization, reusable PVC badges can also be an affordable option but it may be necessary to capture more information. You can select a visitor management software package to capture visitor information ahead of their arrival, allow for email notification when the guest arrives as well as the printing of a custom ID badge for that visitor. This ID can include name, company, date and photo if needed. Their are several software solutions to provide this level of functionality.
Visitor ID Solutions for Large-Size operations or enterprises such as universities, state government and large businesses:
Large organizations often have more complex needs due to the size of campuses and, in the case of large businesses, the possibility of proprietary processes or manufacturing on site. For these instances, a more sophisticated visitor management solution allows you to prepare for visitors ahead of time, track visitor history, maintain evacuation reports and allow for custom badges.
Whatever the size or mission of your organization, let ASAP Identification Security help you determine your visitor management needs and set up your system to keep your people, processes and products safe and secure.