NFC vs BLE For the Future of Access Control

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Mar 04, 2014

Nothing in access control has the hype of NFC but is it for real?

So far the answer has been no.

Despite HID's relentless marketing push for NFC, a competing approach using BLE is increasingly being adopted.

When it comes to mobile credentials, which is better? Which one should you expect to use? Either one? We take a look in this note.

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** *** ********* *** **** **.

******* ***'* ********** ********* **** *** ***, * ********* ******** using BLE ** ************ ***** *******.

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** *** ****, * ****** '***** *****' ***** ******* ** either ********** ** ********, *** * **** ******* **** ** a ****** ***** *** ********, ** ***** ****** ******** ** equally **********.

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*** *******, *** *** *** *** ********* ** *******, ******* Phone *, *** **********. *** ****** ******* ***** ** *** two ******* ***** **** ***** ***, ***** **** *** ******* NFC *** ***** ****** ** *** ******.

Comments (12)

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* ***** **** ***, ******** ** ** ***** ********** **** NFC ** ********* ** ******* *** **** * ****** ****** market ***** ** ****** **** *****. *** *** *** ** big ** ***** *******, *** ***** *** **** ******* ***** it ***** *** *** **** ******* *** *****.

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****, *** *** ********* ** "*** *** ******* *** *********..."

*** *** ****** * *** ** ****? **** *** **** quoting ************?

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******!

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