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RFID Partners with Bluetooth® Technology to Continue on a Path of Innovation

May 20th, 2019

Innovation is a constantly evolving process, a way of taking the everyday things we currently have and making them better and more efficient. The use of RFID technology will never go away, we will always need badges to authenticate experiences. But what will evolve is the way in which we use those badges. Bluetooth technology plays an integral role in this evolution.

Let’s take a look at a few statistics about a rapidly growing market and see if you can guess the market. This market was predicted to ship 3.9 billion units in 2018 and it had a compound annual growth of 12 % rate over the past 10 years. Any guesses?

These statistics, shared in the Bluetooth® Market Update 2018, speak to the growing importance of Bluetooth® technology and address the evolution of innovation. Innovation is a constantly evolving process, a way of taking the everyday things we currently have and making them better and more efficient.

How RFID and Bluetooth® Technology Work Together

Bluetooth technology and the emerging trend of mobile authentication will never truly diminish the importance of the traditional RFID badge. Instead, the two can work together to offer a more secure user experience. Take, for example, the concept of geofencing. Security is like layers of an onion. A password is one layer. Badge access is another layer; mobile authentication yet another.  If we place an RFID reader on a workstation with confidential records, multi-factor authentication can be used by creating a geofence around the reader. Sure, you presented your smartphone credentials for authentication, but is your badge within the predetermined radius of the reader? If not, authentication will not occur. Can you see how these two applications work together to eliminate the risk of a breach?

Authenticating with Bluetooth low energy (BLE)

Mobile devices equipped with Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology can be used as secure authentication and identification credentials, making the technology ideal for a variety of applications in every industry. 

RF Ideas is specialising in authentication across multiple industries, and with the use of BLE technology, they can provide flexibility to any customer, integrator or end user working with different card technologies. Learn more about RF IDeas’ dual-frequency programmable card reader with integrated Bluetooth low energy technology by contacting BlueStar Europe. You can send us an email at saleseu@eu.bluestarinc.com. We have the answer to all your questions!




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