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By Rich Handley

INIT Innovation in Transportation Secures HQ With STid, ABS Technology, SMARTContactless Solutions

SmartContactless, a distributor of contactless solutions, as well as ABS Technology and STid, have been selected by INIT Innovation in Transportation, a provider of intelligent transportation systems for public transit, to create a new mobile access-control experience for its employees and visitors.

STid's Mobile ID system supports such credential technologies as MIFARE, MIFARE DESFire EV1/EV2, Near Field Communication (NFC) and STid's mobile credentials, using a smartphone and Bluetooth for communications. The solution includes a free mobile app, multi-technologies Architect Blue readers, and offline and online programming tools.

INIT Innovation in Transportation has installed Architect Blue readers at the doors and entrances of its new corporate headquarters to provide security. Employees and visitors use STid's patented identification mode features and can access the building or other sensitive entrances within the offices without taking their smartphones out of their pocket or bag. "This Bluetooth reader has so much technology built into it," said Jamie Thomas, ABS Technology's systems engineer, in a prepared statement regarding the Mobile ID solution. "It's future-proof, and easy to install and program."

Feedback on the mobile-access solution has been positive, the company reports, and INIT is exploring the Mobile ID's options to remotely assign and revoke mobile credentials to employees and visitors over the air. "As a provider of innovative technology to our public transit customers, INIT desired an access control solution which mirrored our innovative technology solutions, matched our company culture and was simple to install and administer," said David Page, INIT's director of IT, in the prepared statement. "In addition, we wanted the ability to start with a small proof of concept and eventually grow it as this type of technology inevitably transitions to a fundamental employee expectation instead of a bleeding edge innovation."

"STid is really leading the market with innovative RFID reader solutions for security-minded professionals and end users," said Robert Gailing, SmartContactless's president, in the prepared statement. "The new STid Mobile ID reader solution, with its 5 methods of mobile credential presentation using the smartphone and customizable distance to 60 feet, there is virtually nowhere the reader cannot be utilized throughout any access control deployment."

"We are pleased that both INIT USA Inc. employees and managers are enjoying the experience," said Vincent Dupart, STid's CEO, in the prepared statement. "We are also proud to work with strategic partners like SmartContactless, offering high-quality customer support to promote our mobile access solution. The ability to use smartphones for high-security access control is becoming increasingly important, as these devices are part of our everyday lives in the business workplace."

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