Should you start using NFC key fobs at your workplace or at home? Will they make any difference?
Here’s everything you need to know.
So, what is NFC?
NFC stands for near field communication. It actually works like RFID; albeit more modern with better features. You can say that it is designed to address some of the issues of RFID in terms of providing access control. Unlike RFID, NFC can act as a receiver and transmitter of data. Also, it offers two-way communication between NFC-enabled devices within a limited distance (10 centimetres or 4 inches to be exact). This reduces the incidents of hacking and cloning of NFC key fobs and other NFC devices for access control. It also minimises privacy risks.
How can NFC key fobs improve your life?
- Access control – If you have an NFC-enabled smart door system, then you can easily use NFC key fobs as your new access ID. Do you have RFID cards? Then just copy the data from the RFID to your NFC key fobs using the right tool.
- Key chains – Some people use key fobs as key chains which they attach to their purses or hang in their cars. They program the fobs with the applications they often use. You can certainly do the same. For example, you can program your key fobs with apps like digital maps and music player or radio and leave them in your car so you can easily launch everything in just a few taps.
- Pet tags – These key fobs can securely save important information, so they can be used as pet tags that contain a pet’s ID, breed, addresses, and the owner’s name. NFC key fobsalso come with in variety of colours. You can choose one that matches the colour of your pet’s collar or chain.