JailCore’s NFC/RFID Technology
A Comparison of Inmate Tracking Systems
The best option for jail management.
There are many different types of inmate tracking systems and technology. The goal of these technologies is to streamline and modernize jail operations, but it can be difficult to know which system to choose.
Mobile inmate tracking systems often rely on the use of a handheld scanner or mobile device combined with a wristband or ID card. Barcodes and QR codes on wristbands or ID cards, however, are not ideal because they can be easily damaged (either through normal use or intentionally) and falsified. Near Field Communication/Radio-frequency Identification (NFC/RFID) technology, on the other hand, transmits data through electromagnetic radio fields, making it the most reliable option for correctional facility management.
Why you should never use QR or Bar Codes in your jail.
NFC/RFID tags (on inmates or cells) electronically store a cell/inmate name and that name is being read by the mobile device’s NFC/RFID reader. External blemishes will never affect an NFC/RFID token’s readability.
How to Make a QR or Barcode Unreadable
- Take any object that has a sharp point.
- Scratch it along the surface of the QR or Barcode.
Congratulations, you’ve successfully ruined your QR or Barcode.
Because NFC/RFID is NOT photo readable technology, this CANNOT happen. To falsify NFC/RFID, a CO would have to be able to program a cell token or inmate tag. Since there are permissions granted as to which officers have the ability to electronically program these NFC/RFID tags, there is a higher level of security that they cannot be falsified.
How to Copy and Fake a QR or Barcode
- Snap a photo of the QR or Barcode with your personal cell phone.
- Print the photo of the QR/Barcode or save it as an image on your phone.
- With the Jail’s device, scan the photocopy of the QR/Barcode or hover it over the saved image.
That’s it! You have created a copy and spoofed the QR or Barcode.