HID Global‘s NFC technology is being used in a new touchless menu system for restaurants, the company has announced.
Dubbed the “Menu Tile”, the solution is primarily software-based, but revolves around a simple piece of hardware – a square-shaped sign that features a QR code. Scanning the QR code of such a tile will open up a menu app for the restaurant to which it corresponds, allowing the end user to place an order without having to touch a shared surface.
In other words, a diner can walk up to a restaurant’s Menu Tile, scan the QR code, and order food. And thanks to the Menu Tile’s integration of HID’s NFC Tag technology, the customer has the option of paying for the app simply by tapping an NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet against the Menu Tile.
The solution was developed by a UK-based startup called Qiiosk, whose Director, Justin Clark, lauded HID’s technology in a statement. “HID NFC Tags now solidly underpin our Menu Tile product and others in development,” he said. “We chose the solution due to our experience and confidence in the tags after significant and fierce field trials. We are confident in HID products and use them not only within our organization, but also in organizations we support.”
According to HID, the technology enabled Qiiosk to “quickly upgrade their physical product and produce enough tiles to supply customers,” helping the startup to get a running start in the market as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Menu Tile has already been embraced by UK venues including Great Trunk Road and Pasta Che Musica in London, and Wold Top Brewery in East Yorkshire.
News of the partnership comes shortly after HID Global’s success in the 2020 ASTORS Homeland Security awards. The company was recognized for its NOMAD 30 Pocket Reader in the category of Best Law Enforcement Mobile Device, and for its WorkforceID solution in the category of Best Identification Management Solution.