Near Field Communication (NFC) is a means for two devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching them or bringing them in close proximity, usually no more than a few inches. Communication is also possible between an NFC device and an unpowered (Passive) NFC chip, called a “tag”.The tag is surrounded by a conductive coil which when brought in close contact with an active NFC device absorbs enough energy to power the chip and receive the encrypted information from the tag.

Near Field Communication is an interesting and progressive technology which has had a variety of practical everyday uses identified on a multitude of platforms. The widespread adoption of smart devices has allowed NFC to become a mainstream contender in wireless information sharing over the past few years. It is predicted by 2018 2/3 of all phones will have NFC capability


The widespread availability of NFC enabled devices has highlighted a simple, cheap and functional way to locate information quickly. The Flex mobile application suite was launched using this technology as the basis for our next generation equipment tagging and employee tracking functionality. Our R&D team work with a variety of the latest released and unreleased device models enabling us to identify ways to simplify and increase information gathering leaving the system to operate automated as much as possible.

There are a variety of benefits from these processes. Information that is gathered from routine reports and maintenance which previously would have been left in a file somewhere, in a soft or hard copy, can be called on to generate statistics enabling management to easily identify trends within a company. More information can be gathered automatically which may have been overlooked before or viewed as too time-consuming to record.

Information will automatically appears where necessary. Below is an example of how an inspection can be carried out using a combination of the Flex application and System.

Step 1: Routine Inspection Notification appears in work orders.

Step 2: Safety Manager assigns it to the inspector.

Step 3: Inspector receives notification of inspection.

Step 4: Inspection is carried out.

  •   Using Inspection application, tags are scanned bringing up direct information, recording time, date & location
  •   All necessary records are available at the click if a button
  •   Automated report is created featuring statistics.
  •   Information from report is linked to the reporting and analytics menu of the Flex system

Step 5: Inspection is now linked to the employee profile, project profile, Equipment profile(if assigned) statistics and reporting & inspections modules.

Step 6: A notification is sent to the safety manager and any other assigned parties, containing the report

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