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Virtual is getting real

Published: July 21, 2017

With the introduction and promotion of Smart technology remaining a key priority for the construction industry, the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) in conjunction with the National Demolition Training Group (NDTG) are delighted to announce the launch of a new Virtual CCDO Smart Card developed by Reference Point for the CSCS Go Smart platform.

The first organisation to offer the Virtual Smart Cards to its members, the first card was issued on Tuesday 18th  July to John Rawlings, from NFDC members Erith, and was downloaded and scanned within minutes, and ready to use on site immediately.

“We are really pleased to be the first scheme in construction to issue the new Virtual CCDO Smart Cards to our members,” said Howard Button, Chief Exec at the NFDC and NDTG. We have a very successful working relationship with Reference Point and were really keen to be the first to offer the virtual CCDO cards as it offers immediate benefits to both workers and supervisors. Both parties have instant access to updated records and qualifications, reducing the need to carry a physical card on site and the possibility of fraud.” continued Howard.

Probably best known in construction for the development of the technology behind the CSCS SmartCard and Go Smart card reader apps, Reference Point has now extended the platform to include Virtual Smartcards – a digital card that is stored in an e-wallet called Vircarda on Smartphones, removing the need to carry physical cards.

“Vircarda is a creative and innovative solution that uses clever new technology to provide faster, more flexible skill card solutions to the construction industry. It’s important to us that we continue to deliver high quality, robust solutions that our clients want and need,” said Beric Davis, CEO at Reference Point

The new Virtual Smartcard solution can be used across many sectors and Reference Point is already working with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) to develop a Virtual SmartCard for the construction sector. Graham Wren, Chief Executive at CSCS said: “It’s great to see the NFCD and the NDGT taking the lead on the adoption of the Virtual SmartCard. The technology will improve safety and efficiency on construction sites by making it easier for the employer to check that workers hold the appropriate qualifications and training for the job they do on site. The technology is something that all card schemes, including CSCS, will be taking a great interest in. CSCS is already working with Reference Point on a Virtual SmartCard and we look forward to making further announcements later this year.”