NFC: Not Ready for Primetime

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Oct 01, 2012

NFC continues to be the biggest buzzword in access control. HID, the principal manufacturer of the technology for EAC applications, is eager to evangelize its benefits every chance it gets. In this ASIS webinar, HID boldly claims to be ready to "revolutionize the access control industry". Does NFC stand ready to change EAC as we know it, or do major questions remain? In this note, we review the webinar, the key claims it made, and focus on what issues security professionals should be wary about when considering NFC.

Background

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