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Sustainability & RFID

Sustainability & RFID | © smart-TEC GmbH & Co. KG

What kind of a world do we want to live in? This is a question which has long been the main focus at RATHGEBER and smart-TEC. For ecology and economy are closely interlinked: Environmentally friendly business practices not only protect the climate but, in the end, protect jobs too. “Ultimately it is our job not only to safeguard livelihoods but rather also to bear the social aspects in mind,” explains Andreas Schrägle, Managing Partner of RATHGEBER. For this reason the RATHGEBER Group has for more than ten years now already been operating in a completely climate-neutral manner in all of its business areas and locations.

smart-TEC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RATHGEBER, has been a completely climate-neutral company since 2010. The administration and production departments have switched to low-CO2 processes. Unavoidable amounts of harmful substances are offset by supporting climate protection projects with the voluntary purchase of official CO2 certificates.

In the following project inspirations, smart-TEC demonstrates how RFID and NFC technology can contribute to implementing sustainability goals in companies.

Refill cups: Less washing up | © RASTAL


Self-service 4.0
Hold the NFC glass in front of the NFC reader built into a self-service tap, make cashless payment, and repeatedly refill your own glass until the amount has been spent.

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Rubbish bins: Empty as required | © smart-TEC GmbH & Co. KG

Rubbish bins: Empty as required

Smart city
Residents decide for themselves if and when the rubbish bin is to be emptied by holding their smartphone against the affixed NFC label and activating refuse collection.

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Parking: Paperless ticket | © smart-TEC GmbH & Co. KG


Parking made simple
An NFC label is affixed to the windscreen and the car park barrier opens automatically. The sensors on the car park barrier recognise the action of parking, record the parking time and charge the parking fee via SEPA direct debit at the end of the month.

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Audio guide: No rental devices | © smart-TEC GmbH & Co. KG


Win-win situation
By affixing an NFC label, which can be read by a smartphone or tablet, with integrated NFC technology next to a work of art, visitors can enjoy audio information directly via their own headphones and save on the issue and maintenance of rental devices.

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