Smart cards or identification cards (more commonly referred to as ID cards) are a burgeoning form of technology which is taking the business world by storm. They have significantly increased the security and efficiency of companies everywhere because they’re contactless, convenient, and capable of providing two-factor authentication in a matter of seconds. However, many organisations don’t realise quite how much they could benefit from using smart cards. As such, we’ve written a list of different businesses which use an ID card system to improve their operations, so read on and see if your company could also benefit from one.
Organisations which specialise in public transportation have seen a significant improvement in their operations because of an integrated ID card system. As ID cards are contactless and support cashless vending, customers can quickly board the bus or train without holding up the driver. This means that public transport stays on time and runs a lot more quickly and efficiently. On top of this, because less money is being exchanged by hand, you don’t have to worry so much about things like cash going missing or being stolen. An excellent example of how public transport businesses have integrated a smart card system into their operations is the Glasgow Subway.
If you’re organising events where hundreds of people are coming in and out constantly, it’s difficult to uphold a high standard of security and therefore obtain a premises licence. However, an ID card system can solve this problem for Event Management and Planning companies. Smart cards, like HID Prox cards, are designed for event ticketing and access control. You can assign them to personnel when hosting conventions, so only authorised persons can access the premises. ID cards can also track who has accessed what, adding another layer of security to event management.
Leisure Centres and Gyms
Smart card systems are perfect for leisure centres and gyms. You can assign them to members so nobody can enter the premises and use the facilities unless they’ve paid for them. Different ID cards could also be used to distinguish a customer’s membership status. For example, you should provide all-day access or off-peak access cards to those who have subscribed for these types of membership. In addition to this, leisure centres often have cafés among other facilities. Integrating cashless vending into their smart card system is another way these businesses can benefit from them.
Universities are massive organisations and benefit from ID card systems in a huge number of ways. For example, university libraries can ensure their books are returned by tracking who has taken what and when. Smart cards can also be integrated into printing systems, regarding print credits and printing authorisation. University cafés can benefit from the cashless vending available with smart cards, too. The possibilities are limitless.
Seeing how these different organisations have used ID card systems to optimise their efficiency and productivity, you should now be able to think of ways they can benefit your own workplace.
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