NFC contactless payment is increasingly important during the outbreak
During the epidemic, hotel operators extensively used NFC contactless payment and Access Control to greatly reduce the risk of people coming into contact with and infecting viruses in the hotel public space. And increasingly important.
NFC contactless payments such as Android Pay and Apple Pay are increasingly popular in the retail industry, while applications such as mass transportation, student and employee cards, sports tickets and smart cards are also driving the widespread deployment of NFC contactless technologies. Many reports pointed out that the occurrence of the epidemic has further contributed to a substantial increase in related demand, showing that the era of NFC contactless technology has come, and various industries should actively invest to meet consumer demand.
The epidemic has hit the global hotel industry, but when the epidemic slows, the hotel occupancy rate will gradually recover, but travelers will still carefully follow various epidemic prevention codes when entering public spaces such as hotel lobby, reception, elevators, corridors, restaurants, etc. Operators should actively take corresponding epidemic prevention measures to eliminate possible health and safety concerns, enhance the confidence of tenants, and demonstrate the importance of the well-being of customers and employees.
NFC contactless technology can also support a variety of suitable applications in the hotel industry to meet the needs of owners and tenants, including check-in at the front desk and restaurant order, elevator ride, door switch, parking lot access, use of various hotel facilities, etc. Control, various payments within the hotel, etc. In addition, for the foreseeable future after the outbreak, NFC contactless technology will be affordable and can be quickly built, and it will also be affordable for hoteliers and must be deployed immediately to deal with physical contact issues.
However, there is still a problem that must be solved together. Although the NFC of Apple devices supports Apple Pay, it has not yet opened the NFC access control application in the hotel through Apple Wallet. Although the current iOS 13 version has fully provided the required functions and APIs, it still needs Apple’s willingness to grant hotel RFID/NFC security keys through digital authentication before it can be added to Apple Wallet to replace physical RFID card.
After the RFID/NFC security key is added to the Apple Wallet, there is no need to control the access of the key through the hotel-specific App. All hoteliers can use Apple’s NFC access control function without additional apps. Android has long been open to provide the required NFC access control functions, so the hotel industry should jointly call on Apple to follow up as soon as possible. Due to Apple’s considerable global market share, it will bring the application of NFC contactless technology in the hotel industry and other industries huge impact.