NFC technology delivers movement intelligence


NFC technology delivers movement intelligence

A single card has the power to deliver real-time movement intelligence. A ground-breaking solution by Unif.id and delivered by Databac Group harnesses that power to turn any site into a smart building. Comprising a web platform, sensors and NFC cards, Unif.id provides zone-by-zone location data of all people on the premises. In case of an emergency, it facilitates evacuation and can issue instant alerts to any mobile device to advise on what to do or where to go.

Gather valuable intelligence

The intelligence gathered by the system is invaluable for improved management and protection of staff and visitors. The concept of movement intelligence goes beyond geo-location, to embrace access control, time recording and even loyalty. In a retail setting, for example, individual offers can be sent to customers when they approach a particular store. Unifi.id is able to integrate with existing systems, so there is no need to replace them.

The solution, which takes around a week to install, is easy to implement and use. Sensors are placed in strategic locations, designed to pick up long-range radio frequency signals from NFC cards issued to all who use the premises. These signals are sent to a web platform, where they can be analysed thanks to IoT technologies.

Manage emergencies effectively

A core benefit of the technology is the ability to deliver accurate information about the occupancy of large commercial buildings during emergency situations such as fires and security breaches – a benefit that particularly impacts high-rise buildings. Providing detailed analysis on the movement of staff members from floor to floor, as well as highlighting the position of any people with disabilities or access issues, the technology provides the emergency services with unparalleled insight.

Create operational efficiencies

The analytical software shows how a building is used. With real-time intelligence, businesses can optimise the space on their premises. Air-conditioning, heating and lighting can be adapted according to the daily or hourly use of each zone. Under-used spaces can be identified and repurposed. Cleaning schedules can be planned for times when areas are less occupied. The software also sends predictive alerts when areas require maintenance based on usage and footfall.

In effect, movement data enables patterns to be detected, not only of people, but of products, too, which can be tagged. Pattern analysis has a knock-on effect for universities, as student attendance can be tracked and called up at the click of a mouse. Under-attendance can be flagged up so students can be given appropriate guidance, while hard data is available in a flexible format to help demonstrate the institution’s performance.

Communicate with people on the premises

What is unique about the Unifi.id system is that it operates with a battery-free device and is capable of working at a great distance. This means it can send messages to card wearers in real-time, via any mobile device. With no need to download, tap or sign into anything, there are no barriers to communication.

As such, the IoT system can deliver automated alerts to all occupants in emergencies, to supervise an evacuation. In university buildings, it can notify students of a change of time or classroom, to send a new wi-fi key and much more.

For security purposes, the solution provides photographic alerts to operations and concierge staff, so they can identify individuals as they arrive into each section of the building.

Manage ‘vertical’ growth

Improved security and protection, greater efficiency, informed business decisions; the benefits of Unifi.id are clear and can, quite literally, be life-saving. As cities continue to grow skywards, safety measures become more challenging. High-rise buildings have their own unique characteristics and must be managed accordingly. Unifi.id is designed to handle such environments in the most efficient and secure way.