Access control innovation: Entry via smartphone
A new innovation makes it possible for building occupants to use their smartphones to gain access into a facility.
JD Security is publicising a new innovation that makes it possible for building occupants to use their smartphones to gain access into a facility – HID’s iCLASS SE platform.
The product, which won the 2012 New Product Showcase award – Best in Access Control Hardware and Software at the ISC West 2012 International Security Conference and Exposition, introduces digital credentials (SIOs) that can be used on near-field-communication (NFC) equipped smartphones for access control.
In the most simplistic model, the company’s SIOs are carried inside a person’s personal smartphone and when ‘presented’ to a reader using the smartphone’s NFC technology, the phone communicates with the reader and the control system, opening the door, JD Security notes.
HID recently announced the completion of its first NFC pilot at Arizona State University (ASU), in which a group of ASU staff and students were given NFC smartphones containing HID’s iCLASS SE credential technology for gaining access to their accommodation and selected rooms, JD Security imparts. According to the company, the pilot results demonstrate the user-friendly benefits of NFC smartphones and the admin benefit of reduced infrastructure cost with no loss to facility security.