How can RFID and Bluetooth technology work to streamline security

Will Bluetooth® technology and its ability to aid in identification, such as the use of smartphone authentication diminish the importance of the traditional RFID badge? We don’t think so, in fact the Applications Are Endless.

Real-life applications include:

  • Sensors that can tell you when a motor needs maintenance in manufacturing.
  • A temperature sensor can report that the temperature needs to be adjusted for comfort in healthcare.
  • A humidity sensor can report high humidity in a paper mill to avoid the rolls of paper getting stuck together on the production line.
  • The accelerometer sensors in your cellphone can determine if you are walking or running and in which direction you are heading.

All of these applications require Bluetooth technology to continue to run smoothly. And when you pair the Bluetooth technology with RFID, you add to the security of the experience. Enter the concept of multi-factor authentication.

Multi-factor Authentication

In today’s day and age, there’s no such thing as being too secure. Passwords are hacked, badges are stolen, systems are overturned. The future of authentication will focus on multi-factor authentication where RFID technology works in tandem with Bluetooth wireless technology to ensure a more secure experience.

For example, an employee badge fit with an RFID chip ensures authentication occurs at a desktop, human machine interface (HMI), multifunction printer – the list goes on and on. While this is a great step toward security, imagine how much further you could get if your company pairs that RFID technology with a Bluetooth sensor that tracks, say a cellphone, to that authentication event. Now, the RFID badge must be presented, and the individuals’ cellphone must also be within a set perimeter of the authentication.

To learn more about how to improve efficiency and maintain security at your facility, contact us for a free consultation to be sure we understand your application.

 

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