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The Smart Certificate let’s people see the best of you.
One of the issues surrounding accreditation and certificates is verifying if the participant is still current in their program. Our new ICTAA certificate now contains a simple way to validate accreditations and connect people to the ICTAA public profile of any accredited business.
The ICTAA Smart Certificate uses both Near Field Communication (or NFC) and Quick Response Code (or QR Code) which contain an embedded link to the ICTAA online profile for accredited businesses. This allows you to instantly see what accreditations are current for the business in real-time.
The Smart Certificate will also link through to other ICTAA initiatives; such as the Accredited Service Provider program as well as the national Accredited Business Directory.
If your renewal is due shortly then you will automatically receive a new Smart Certificate on completion of your renewal audit. Once you receive it then try you Smart Certificate with your mobile phone and see where technology can take you.
What is NFC?
Evolved from radio frequency identification (RFID) tech, an NFC chip operates as one part of a wireless link. Once it’s activated by another chip, such as from your mobile phone, small amounts of data between the two devices can be transferred when held a few centimeters from each other.
This is the same technology used in credit cards for Paywave / Paypass services.
What are QR Codes?
QR codes are intended to be a quick way to perform an action with your phone. Unlike NFC, QR codes don’t contain any fancy electronics or require special technology — they’re just a grid of black and white squares that can be captured with any camera.
QR Codes are an evolved version of the humble barcode but are capable of storing more than just numbers.