Consolidate all RFID cards
January 19, 2014 2:30 PM Subscribe
I hate having all these keys, credit cards, library cards, etc, etc. What's the best way currently to consolidate them? What technology is in the near future?
posted by lacedcoffee to Technology (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This is for a course project to produce a new product. The project is not really focused on technology but I would like it to still be technologically accurate and feasible. I tried background researching all this, and there's just so much info, I worry I'm overlooking things, or the things I'm thinking are already out there (this is not my area of expertise).
I'm thinking a system like any of the following:
1. Instead of each distributor giving you a new card, they only give you the RFID tag that you consolidate onto a larger device, kinda like a sticker. Then you tap your single card, which activates whatever relevant tag it needs. Would the various tags interfere with each other? This would make it really easy to adopt and not many changes need to be made.
2. Is there some reprogrammable device that you can just add new information to the chip every time you need it. I'm imagining having a chip to access my apartment, but then my work can just add new information to the chip to give me access to the work building, instead of giving me another entry device. If there is a security breach, the apartment or work can easily reprogram my chip. I already have such a device for my apartment, but is it realistic to have every ID I have be consolidated onto one chip?
3. People are moving towards having NFC technology in smartphones. Does this make all the above irrelevant?
Any information, search words for more information, or ideas are welcome. I'm trying to figure out a system that's easy to adopt for the consumer, and worthwhile for the company. Is this area already so saturated and that it's not a worthwhile project?