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By Beth Bacheldor

HID Global Intros HID Mobile Access, Enabling Smartphone-based Access Control

HID Global has announced its HID Mobile Access, a Bluetooth Smart solution designed to enable secure access and identity management using smartphones and other mobile devices and operating systems, including iOS and Android, by turning them into trusted credentials. According to HID Global, the solution includes everything necessary for organizations to immediately begin using Bluetooth Smart smartphones and other mobile devices as an alternative to keys and smart cards, and also makes it possible for users to unlock doors and open gates from a distance via the company's patented "Twist and Go" gesture technology.

The solution incorporates HID Global's Seos technology, first revealed in 2011 (see ASSA ABLOY Creates NFC Solution that Uses Phones to Open Doors, Grant Computer Access and RFID News Roundup: HID Global Launches Pilot of NFC Smartphones Carrying Digital Keys for Access Control, Announces BlackBerry Credentials). HID Mobile Access also leverages HID Global's patented hand-gesture concept, first announced a year ago (see HID Global Seeks to Improve RFID Security Via Hand Gestures), and now modified to work with a smartphone's Bluetooth Smart functionality, instead of RFID or Near Field Communication (NFC).

Specifically, HID Mobile Access includes mobile-enabled readers (iClass SE or multiClass SE with factory-installed components) and the HID Mobile Access Service Bundle, consisting of HID Mobile IDs, the HID Secure Identity Services portal, and the HID Mobile Access App for Android or iOS mobile phones.

According to HID Global, the iClass SE and multiClass SE readers use 125 kHz HID Prox and high-frequency (HF) RFID technologies, including iClass Seos, iClass SE, standard iClass, Mifare and Mifare DESFire EV1, which optimizes flexibility for using both cards and mobile devices. With the HID Secure Identity Service portal (a hosted service), administrators can manage user IDs. They can send users an invitation to download an HID Mobile Access App directly to Bluetooth- or NFC-enabled phones; after the app has been downloaded and registered, HID Mobile IDs can be immediately issued, provisioned or revoked over the air. Once a user's phone app receives an HID Mobile ID, he or she can open a door or gate by either tapping the handset to a mobile-enabled reader or, using Bluetooth connections and HID Global's gesture technology, simply rotating the device to when approaching the reader.

In addition, HID Global has announced the completion of a pilot with HID Mobile Access at Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tenn. At the university, approximately 15 participants were able to use smartphones to open doors and garage parking gates. The pilot included HID Global's iClass SE readers, configured to work with existing iClass smart cards, and with HID Mobile Access technology, installed at six campus entry points, including one parking garage.

Participants used their own smartphones during the pilot to include Apple iPhone 4S, 5, 5C and 5S devices and Android-based Samsung Galaxy S4 and Mini 3S handsets. In a survey of Vanderbilt pilot participants, HID Global says, respondents cited convenience as the top attribute of HID Mobile Access, since their smartphones are always with them and they are less likely to lose the phones as compared to an access card. According to the company, respondents further pointed out the benefit of using their phone as a backup if their cards were lost or stolen, and also indicated that they enjoyed using the Twist and Go gesture technology to open the garage parking gate as they drove up to the reader, including the convenience of not having to roll down a window while approaching. Vanderbilt University, HID reports, plans to install iClass SE readers at new buildings so it can leverage the new HID Mobile Access capabilities in the future, while still retaining interoperability with legacy card technologies.

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