Sentinel NFC

Sentinel NFC


This app is designed specifically to read new Sentinel smartcards for Network Rail’s new Sentinel system.


For more information visit www.railsentinel.co.uk

Please note: ONLY new Sentinel smartcards can be read this way – not NCCA-Sentinel cards.

The new Sentinel app allows anyone to check their own smartcard and also allows authorised card checkers to authenticate their team as well as undertake spot checks and check TVPs (Track Visitor Permits).
Depending on the Android smartphone used, smartcards can either be checked by scanning the QR code on the front of the card/ TVP or by reading the microchip within the smartcard, using NFC (please note: TVPs can only be checked by scanning QR code).

This app can be used with any Android smartphone or tablet (Android 4 and above) with a rear-facing autofocus camera and NFC. Sentinel smartcards can be read securely using NFC, as these devices read information from the smartcard’s microchip electronically. Internet access is not required to read smartcards using NFC. The smartcard’s microchip can be checked using NFC with no internet availability whatsoever. However if internet access is available when reading a card using NFC, any updates for that card from the new Sentinel database are transferred automatically to the smartcard.

All smartcard checking activities are uploaded automatically to the database when an internet connection is present or will be uploaded later when connectivity is restored by re-launching the app.

To use NFC, make sure it’s enabled in the Wireless & Networks settings of your smartphone before you attempt to read any cards.

The application is easy to use:
1. Open the app.
2. If using NFC, hold the new Sentinel smartcard to the back, near the top, of your device OR click the QR code button and focus the camera on the card’s QR code.
3. Confirm the sponsor for today.
4. Depending on the card presented, either the card itself will be shown or a menu of options will be displayed for authorised card checkers.
5. Follow the on screen options.

Please note does not work with Galaxy S3 Mini

Recent changes:
This version resolves a specific known issue on some devices due to the recent upgrade to Android KitKat. This issue would cause the device to crash upon reading a card. We are aware of other reliability issues introduced by the upgrade to KitKat and are monitoring the situation closely.
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3.6
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About Sentinel NFC
This app is designed specifically to read new Sentinel smartcards for Network Rail’s new Sentinel system.


For more information visit www.railsentinel.co.uk

Please note: ONLY new Sentinel smartcards can be read this way – not NCCA-Sentinel cards.

The new Sentinel app allows anyone to check their own smartcard and also allows authorised card checkers to authenticate their team as well as undertake spot checks and check TVPs (Track Visitor Permits).
Depending on the Android smartphone used, smartcards can either be checked by scanning the QR code on the front of the card/ TVP or by reading the microchip within the smartcard, using NFC (please note: TVPs can only be checked by scanning QR code).

This app can be used with any Android smartphone or tablet (Android 4 and above) with a rear-facing autofocus camera and NFC. Sentinel smartcards can be read securely using NFC, as these devices read information from the smartcard’s microchip electronically. Internet access is not required to read smartcards using NFC. The smartcard’s microchip can be checked using NFC with no internet availability whatsoever. However if internet access is available when reading a card using NFC, any updates for that card from the new Sentinel database are transferred automatically to the smartcard.

All smartcard checking activities are uploaded automatically to the database when an internet connection is present or will be uploaded later when connectivity is restored by re-launching the app.

To use NFC, make sure it’s enabled in the Wireless & Networks settings of your smartphone before you attempt to read any cards.

The application is easy to use:
1. Open the app.
2. If using NFC, hold the new Sentinel smartcard to the back, near the top, of your device OR click the QR code button and focus the camera on the card’s QR code.
3. Confirm the sponsor for today.
4. Depending on the card presented, either the card itself will be shown or a menu of options will be displayed for authorised card checkers.
5. Follow the on screen options.

Please note does not work with Galaxy S3 Mini

Recent changes:
This version resolves a specific known issue on some devices due to the recent upgrade to Android KitKat. This issue would cause the device to crash upon reading a card. We are aware of other reliability issues introduced by the upgrade to KitKat and are monitoring the situation closely.

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A Google User
May 29, 2014
Rubbish , I checked my card and it shows my competencies even tho my medical has run out, all the other qr readers pick up on it, sort it out!!!
A Google User
May 24, 2014
This NEEDS fixing. Xperia Z2 - difficulty reading the card, repeated mis-reads. Tried using my xperia T (lt30p) which is a tested and approved phone, and I still had repeated mis-reads. This needs to be 100% reliable - fix it!
A Google User
May 12, 2014
Not bad The qr scanner works but since i updated to kitkat my nfc forces this app to close will give 5 when fixed
A Google User
Mar 31, 2014
Card scan Works so much better as I don't need to use my camera to scan a card
A Google User
Mar 25, 2014
Good but could do with a little tweak. Good for checking cards when there is no internet signal. Would give five stars if you could show swipe history without having to scan card first.