Digital Payments, Building Security, and Cashier-less Retail: 5 Examples of Contactless Technology

Thanks to smart technology quickly being embraced by companies all over the world, contactless society is on the horizon. So lets take a look at how contactless technology is making everyday life easier.


  1. Digital payment

With the introduction of smart cards into day-to-day life, transactions are made quicker, with less stress over what is needed at the moment. No counting coins or stopping by the bank to withdraw cash. It has revolutionised spending while abroad, with the need to convert currency eliminated.

Gambling has also been improved with smart cards. Smart cards can be used for proof of identity and age, allow access to the gambling establishment and act as a tool for auditing accounts to monitor their spend.

The smart card can also be used for cashless payments, allowing gamblers to top up their money in store with cash or online transactions and can double as a loyalty card, ensuring you take care of your customers as they take care of you.


  1. Building security

Traditional keys will often go missing, can be copied easily and are not foolproof, whereas, keyless and smart card entry systems require giving every user a unique credential that will allow access to the building, bypassing the possibility of keys being copied or locks being picked.

Smart cards can be used to only allow people access to permitted areas and can also be updated in real time, so that if your staff member is promoted their card can be updated to allow access to more areas. A smart card access system can also allow employers to track where and when the badge was used, so when a staff member enters a room, you’ll know when and for how long. This information can all  be recorded in a storage cloud.


  1. Cashier-less retail

Self-checkouts have been embraced by those of us who just cannot deal with the effort of social interaction today.

Embraced mainly in supermarkets across the world, self-checkouts are creating a cashier-less retail experience by allowing customers to scan, pay and pack for their items faster. This has allowed stores to spend less money hiring cashiers and allows staff members to focus on other aspects of running the store.


  1. Data security

Smart cards are quickly becoming the preferred way to access locations and data, due to their high security with end-to-end encryption.

Passwords are often weak and can be shared. But password badges can be programmed to allow only who you trust to access your data. Rather than allowing access to whoever has the password, the card would be recognised as a form of identification and therefore will allow or block access according to their role in the company.


  1. Public transport

Those of us who have to use buses or trains to get around will be glad to see more smart incentives to smooth out the hassle of using public transport. Travel cards now come with smart chip up-to-date fare payment systems installed, ready to be scanned by a ticket barrier at stations or smart card readers on buses.

Smart chips are also being used in air travel. A smart chip will store your identification data for 11 country’s major airports’ e-passport gates to read, without the need for a guard checking your passport thereby making dreaded airport queues move faster.

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