New Openpath Digital Badging Capabilities Include 2-Way Communication

Openpath says that its reimagined digital badge gives system administrators new ways to address security policies and procedures.

CULVER CITY, Calif. — Openpath, a provider of touchless access control and security automation for the built environment, has introduced new digital badge capabilities for today’s modern workforce and workplace.

In a press release, the company says that its new, reimagined digital badge gives system administrators new ways to address their company’s security policies and procedures with greater focus, flexibility and features such as:

  • Customized digital badge design tool so the physical ID badge and picture now match the digital credential
  • Call or email for help feature to eliminate lock outs “at the door”
  • Single Sign-On App authentication through Okta to ensure security compliance
  • Door auto-detect technology recognizes closest door on home screen
  • Dynamic Status tags can change a work group or vaccination status in real-time
  • Streamlined support options to determine where and how employee questions are answered, either via Openpath or directly to a company’s security operations center (SOC).

The press release cites the end-user experience of Openpath customer LabFellows, which offers remote lab spaces and Cloud-based software automation for companies working on vaccine research for COVID-19. LabFellows facilities deploy Openpath’s remote management, touchless access and mobile credentials for heightened security, reduced administrative burdens and improved user experience.

“We have so much intellectual property housed inside our laboratories, and a constantly rotating roster of customer tenants. Adding to that are reduced occupancy guidelines and heightened safety concerns due to COVID-19. With all of these challenges, Openpath has been key to the operational success, safety and security of both LabFellows and our HomeLab members,” states Julio de Unamuno IV, LabFellows founder and CEO.

The long-standing legacy of a physical keycard for identification being more secure than a digital keycard is no longer true, according to Openpath. Mobile security has advanced, and the security vulnerabilities of a physical keycard, which are easily lost or cloned, still remain.

Furthermore, mobile badging ensures a pervasive, unified safety and security experience across all of an organization’s company apps, whether on browser or mobile. Also, according to Openpath, for the first time users can be notified at the door if there is a cybersecurity issue, and gives them the appropriate steps to resolve the issue efficiently.

While there will always be a role for the physical ID badge, Openpath says it has improved upon it by giving it a digital twin with features that other mobile solutions don’t offer, along with customized solutions tailored to accommodate a company’s size, scale and specific security needs.

For example, many enterprise companies require staff to wear a physical credential for compliance purposes. Supplementing that with a digital credential offers a fail-safe in the event the physical badge is damaged or a second form of ID is needed to show an updated photo or other pertinent information, such as vaccination status.

“The beauty of the Openpath’s open architecture system is that it allows us to continuously innovate and create new options for companies that weren’t thought to be possible with older technologies,” says Alex Kazerani, CEO and co-founder. “We have been breaking barriers to mobile access control since day one and today we are so excited to deliver a new digital badge that surpasses the security of a physical badge, plus offers custom features and extensive functionality for system administrators of all types of companies and sizes.”

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