Smartphones are the new Access Cards

Smartphones are the new Access Cards

The newest identity in physical security is mobile, which enables users to enter a protected premises without using traditional access cards by utilising their mobile devices. The technology’s fundamental tenet is to securely transfer user-related data from an NFC or Bluetooth-enabled phone to an NFC or Bluetooth reader, and from the reader to an authentication device, thereby enabling access to a legitimate user.

The interaction between the reader and the mobile device is crucial to the technology. To prevent unwanted reads, the communication is started using a variety of patented gestures. The gestures include tapping the phone, swiping it close to the reader, twisting it, and flashing it in front of the reader.

While NFC-based communication only permits read ranges of a few inches, Bluetooth-based communication allows longer read ranges when combined with a specific motion.

Many businesses are enthusiastic about the mobile access solution because they truly believe that workers are more careful of their personal devices than they are of their access cards. Not to mention how much time can be saved by performing tasks in batches or individually, depending on the admin’s preferences, and how easily user credentials may be managed over the air by the admin. The technology also improves the company’s image among clients by making it appear more contemporary and technologically smart. The opportunity to enter and exit the office building without having to continuously verify their access card seems appealing from the perspective of the employees. Because access cards can be expensive to reissue after being lost, eliminating them from the system also saves a lot of money for the business and the employees. The fact that the new technology is as safe as or safer than access cards and works just as well is what drives businesses to adopt it. Furthermore, the passive access cards receive their power from the reader, but the mobile access technology is intended to be considerably safer because the mobile devices are equipped with a much greater CPU and a power supply to apply expensive encryption techniques.

The addition of a multi factor authentication method is additionally made possible by mobile devices without the need to purchase a multi factor authentication reader. For example, in addition to mobile credentials, authentication can also be done using pin, pattern, and biometrics (fingerprint, face, voice, and iris). Before flashing the mobile device to the reader, the user could be prompted to participate in facial recognition utilising the built-in camera of the smartphone.

Keeping on a par with the increasing popularity of this developing technology, IDCUBE has started supporting mobile credentials in its Access360 platform. To help distribute the technology, specialised android and iOS applications have been created. IDCUBE is eager to combine technology with business logic in new ways to further improve the technology.

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