Keeping track of people or a group of people at a workplace or any large scale event is a tough job. Managing large scale crowd makes it even harder and there are various factors that hinder a visitor management effort. So, what is the solution here apart from obvious planning? Leveraging modern age technologies such as RFID and IoT has proven to be very efficient and many business and even managers actively consider it.
The FIFA world cup that was held in Qatar in 2022 contacted HID, a company known for smart security solutions to provide smart tickets. The 2 million paper tickets that were acquired were equipped with smart security features including an RFID inlay which was very useful in access control and preventing counterfeiting as well.
RFID enabled smart tickets were also very helpful with enhancing the fan experience as well.
The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is widely used in combination with many popular visitor management systems where it not only provides secure access control via smart cards, it also keeps track of people entering and exiting the premises.
Radio Frequency Identification and Visitor Management
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a wireless technology that has revolutionized the way businesses manage their visitors. RFID tags are embedded with a unique identifier (chip that can store data) that can be read by an RFID reader.
RFID has an edge when it comes to other track and trace technologies available with us as of now. It is cost-effective, efficient and doesn’t need a clear line of sight while scanning an RFID tagged object.
When a visitor enters a facility or event, their RFID tag is scanned, allowing for real-time tracking, identification, and access control. A gate pass system can be designed and deployed using RFID where entry and exit records as stored every time one enters or leaves a facility. RFID based smart tickets offer the same functionality.
VisitorFirst, an enterprise visitor management system, combines the RFID technology to provide the clients with a digital Visitor Management where all the visitor records are maintained and saved digitally, offering an end-to-end visitor solution.
Let’s explore how RFID helps with visitor management at workplaces and events.
Visitor Tracking with RFID
One of the significant benefits of RFID technology in visitor management is the ease of tracking visitors. With RFID tags, visitors can be tracked in real-time, enabling security personnel to monitor their movement throughout the facility.
The tracking feature is especially useful in events where large crowds make it difficult to keep track of individual visitors. With RFID tags, it becomes easier to keep track of visitors' movements, access levels, and exits, mitigating security risks and ensuring safety.
Accurate Data Collection
RFID also improves the accuracy of visitor data collection. When a visitor checks in, their information is recorded and integrated into the visitor management system which ensures accurate data entry and reduces the risk of human error.
Moreover, RFID helps to speed up the check-in process, so visitors can be processed more quickly, and the system can accommodate more visitors in a shorter amount of time.
Access Control and Security with RFID
It also provides a layer of access control, which allows organizations to maintain tighter control over who is granted access to certain areas. With RFID tags attached to visitors in the forms of a visitor ID or wrist band, access levels can be customized to ensure that visitors have access only to the areas they require.
In combination with CCTV cameras, RFID provides extended security feature where you can track the movement of a visitor while one is still at the premises, an addition to workplace security effort.
Streamlined Visitor Management with RFID
RFID also helps in simplifying the management of visitor credentials. At the time of visitor check-in, their RFID tags are programmed to reflect their access levels, and uniquely created visitor badges can be issued in seconds. The badges can also be personalized with visitor photographs, logos, and any other relevant information, adding an extra layer of security, especially when used in conjunction with access control and visitor tracking.
RFID technology offers a host of benefits in the management of visitors at workplaces and events including improving the accuracy of data collection, providing a layer of access control, and simplifying the management of visitor credentials. With RAIN RFID tags (Passive UHF RFID), organizations can track visitors in real-time, mitigate security risks, and ensure safety that too at low cost.
As technology continues to advance and the RFID deployment costs come down, it will undoubtedly continue to revolutionize visitor management around the world.