Samsung To Use NFC-Based Smartphones Instead Of Plastic ID Keycards At Its Headquarters

NFC is on of the more exciting technologies developed in recent years. We can do everything from making payments to sharing music, but now there’s yet another use for the technology: identification. Let me explain— Samsung is one of the world’s leading manufacturers that’s constantly looking for break the norm and try something new. Instead of using plastic ID keycards at its headquarters in Suwon, Sammy wants to have 40% of its employees get access to the facility by using NFC-equipped smartphones. That means to enter, employees would point their NFC-equipped device to the sensor instead of the plastic ID keycards. Very unusual, yet exciting indeed.

There are a few factors for why Sammy is trying this application of NFC out too. For starters, the development of Plastic ID cards are relatively cheap, however they are susceptible to being lost and stolen– so they’d have to be replaced immediately. While it’s ok once or twice, if the keycards are lost more frequently, the costs do add up in the end. It doesn’t help that companies such as Sammy have thousands of employees, so the costs of replacing cards grows even higher on a regular basis. However, employees are much less likely to forget, lose or drop their smartphones— meaning they’re less likely to lose their form of access to Sammy’s facility. So basically, Sammy saves a ton of money by using NFC instead of using plastic ID keycards

Sammy not only plans on using this system at its headquarters, but it also plans on implementing this at other locations later this year. With this, other companies should take notice and at the very least consider this very clever and innovative way of using NFC.

source: Unwired View


About the Author: Roy Alugbue

Conceived as Spock’s 4th cousin, Roy has had quite the life. He was born in beautiful San Jose, California, raised in Los Angeles, California and now resides in the greater New York City area. He has always been fascinated and obsessed with technology, especially the continuous advancements of mobile platforms. He was a Blackberry slave since his undergrad days at the University of Southern California until realizing in Feb. 2011, there were greener pastures in the land of Android. His first Android phone was the Motorola Atrix 4G, and he hasn’t looked back. He currently works in corporate media, enjoys following media and technology trends, reading a good book, weightlifting, playing on his XBOX 360 and conversing with total strangers.


  • RevTim128

    You probably meant “However, employees are much *LESS* likely to forget, lose or drop their smartphones”

    • baldypal

      You noticed that too, huh?