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In a world where technological advancements continually change the way we live and work, mobile identification is playing an increasingly significant role in the perimeter security of facilities. At Nedap, we understand the importance of innovation and convenience, which is why we offer advanced solutions for mobile access control. In this article, we explore the role of mobile identification and the technologies that enable efficient identification of vehicles and drivers including: Bluetooth (BLE), Near Field Communication (NFC) and QR codes.

BLE in mobile access applications

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is a wireless communication technology designed to transmit data over long distances (up to 15m) with very low energy consumption. BLE is convenient for mobile access control because it allows users to use their mobile devices as digital keys. This provides not only convenience through contactless identification but also enhances security through encrypted data transfer. To use BLE for identification a dedicated app is needed to open the door by connecting to the reader and opening the door with a push of a button.

BLE is ideal for personal identification since it’s a widely adopted mobile technology compatible with various devices. For vehicle identification, BLE’s long-range is advantageous; however, the omnidirectional antenna can complicate precise readings across multiple lanes. When using BLE for vehicle identification, it’s crucial that the app enables hands-free driver identification while efficiently managing battery usage. Typical applications include pedestrian access points like turnstiles and entry points to parking garages.

NFC in mobile access applications

Near Field Communication (NFC) is another popular technology for mobile identification. NFC enables devices to maintain communication over short distances (usually less than 10 cm), making it perfect for secure and rapid identification processes. Features of NFC include the ability to communicate quickly and securely, making it an excellent choice for busy entrances and exits where fast traffic flow is necessary. NFC functions at the same frequency as High Frequency cards allowing the use of cards and mobile credentials which can be beneficial in the roll out of new technology in existing projects or where cards are still preferred by users.

NFC can be used in combination with a dedicated app which requires manual activation or handsfree using the Wallet. If a digital credential is added to the wallet it will automatically activate the gate within range – even after several hours if the battery of the device is drained.

QR codes in mobile access applications

QR codes offer a unique approach to mobile identification. A QR code can be easily generated and stored on a mobile device, then scanned from a distance to grant access. No specific application is needed to present a QR code, and it can be used with any mobile phone. This makes it a flexible and cost-effective solution for temporary access rights or visitor management.

QR code technology is especially useful in environments where quick distribution of access rights is needed for a wide variety of users, such as at events or for temporary access to secured areas. QR codes can also be easily distributed via email or can be printed on paper.

Nedap’s mobile solutions and the NVITE reader

Nedap Identification Systems offers mobile solutions that integrate these technologies to ensure secure and efficient perimeter security. Our leading product in this area is the NVITE reader, which supports multiple technologies including NFC, BLE, and QR codes. This versatile reader is ideal for locations that require high throughput rates without compromising on security. Thanks to its robust design, the NVITE reader is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, making it an excellent choice for a wide range of applications.

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Mobile identification is transforming the way organizations manage their security and access control. With the rise of these technologies, companies can better meet the needs of their users, resulting in a safer, more convenient, and efficient management of access.

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