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Why RFID Cards May Not Be the Best Solution for Access Control

Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) cards have become a popular method of access control in many organizations and institutions. Despite their convenience and efficiency, there are some downsides to using RFID cards for access control that must be considered.


Implementing an RFID access control system can be expensive. The cost of the hardware, such as readers, antennas, and cards, as well as the software and installation can add up quickly. Additionally, if an organization decides to expand or modify their system in the future, additional costs will be incurred.


RFID cards are vulnerable to hacking. With the right equipment, an attacker can clone the information from a card and gain unauthorized access to the protected area. This puts the security of the organization and its assets at risk.

Limited Range

RFID cards have a limited range and require a reader to be within close proximity in order to work. This can limit the functionality of the system and prevent it from working in certain areas.


RFID cards can be disrupted by other devices and electronic equipment that emit radio waves. This can cause the card to not work properly or not work at all, leading to frustration and inconvenience for users.

False Reads

RFID cards are not always accurate and can produce false reads. This can cause the system to grant access to someone who is not authorized or prevent someone who is authorized from gaining access. This can result in security breaches and cause delays and frustration for users.


RFID access control systems require regular maintenance to ensure that they are functioning properly. This includes regular software updates, hardware maintenance, and card replacement for lost or damaged cards. This can be time-consuming and expensive for the organization.

Limited Use

RFID cards are only useful for access control and cannot be used for other purposes. For organizations that want to streamline their security and access control systems, this can be a disadvantage.

In conclusion, while RFID cards offer convenience and efficiency, they also have some significant downsides that must be considered before implementing an RFID access control system. Organizations must weigh the benefits against the potential drawbacks and choose a system that best meets their security and access control needs.

Articles about the latest trends in the Access Control and Security industries. Written by the team at Kindoo.

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