ProdataKey: In the Access Control Universe, What Does Mobile First Really Mean?

A mobile first platform, like ProdataKey’s pdk io, is built from the ground up with the needs of the mobile user foremost in mind.

Mobile credentials, mobile apps, everyone is talking “mobile.” We’ve reached the point whereby in order to even be considered for most of today’s access control projects, a mobile option is the price of entry. But offering mobile credentialing or even a mobile app is a far cry from delivering a true “mobile first” platform.

What does mobile first mean, and what value does it offer to integrators and their customers? A mobile first platform, like ProdataKey’s pdk io, is built from the ground up with the needs of the mobile user foremost in mind.

Access to pdk.io through the web is powerful and efficient, but the mobile experience is the intended, default method by which the system will be used. This is true at every level of engagement, from installation to administration, by employee or tenant. Administrators have full management capabilities via the mobile app, including the ability to directly and immediately issue credentials.

Users can open doors, including remotely, via the app. They can also seamlessly interact with Bluetooth readers without unlocking or accessing their phone. All management and reporting dashboards have been designed for easy navigation on a small screen.

Plus, integrators can 100% install the system using dedicated mobile tools designed just for them. From a credentialing standpoint, a mobile first solution leverages all the advantages that mobile technology has to offer.

Mobile credentials are distinct from prox credentials, with added layers of encryption and heightened security. A mobile first system can tell which credential is being used, allowing management to set different permissions for each.

And, unlimited mobile credentialing — available from mobile first providers — can offer huge savings to companies with many employees or high employee turnover while also supporting their efforts to “go green.”

Computers aren’t going away, but for certain applications, they are losing relevance. For access control systems that demand anywhere, anytime control, mobile is the logical platform of choice.

A mobile first approach ensures that customers derive all the benefits unique to mobile, without compromising the functionality and performance delivered by today’s best-in-class access control solutions.


Author
Jeff Perri, President & COO, ProdataKey

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