Startup Proxy Promotes Smartphone-Based Reader as World’s Smallest

The Mobile Reader Nano is said to provide employees, tenants and visitors with building access with no impact to existing security systems.

SAN FRANCISCO — Proxy is bringing to market a new smartphone-based identity signal reader the startup company bills as being “so small it can be installed behind existing access card readers in just minutes.”

The universal reader, called the Mobile Reader Nano, is said to provide employees, tenants and visitors with smartphone-based building access with no impact to existing security systems. Before now, companies that wanted to enable smartphone-based building access had to replace their existing readers, according to the company.

The Nano operates on 2.4GHz (Bluetooth Low Energy) frequency. Signals emitted from a person’s smartphone replace the multitude of keys, cards, badges, apps and passwords people typically need to gain access to the buildings, devices and services they frequently use, according to the company.

“The future is cardless, and we have talked with many companies that want to upgrade to mobile access, both for the experience and the security, but they want to do it efficiently and they need to support existing cards during the transition,” states Denis Mars, co-founder and CEO of Proxy.

Mars continues, “As the world’s smallest mobile reader, Mobile Reader Nano can be installed in turnstiles, elevators, and directly behind existing card readers, which means customers upgrade to mobile quickly while simultaneously supporting all existing card types.”

The new reader is said to work with all access control providers, so there is no need to modify or replace backend access software. When both landlords and tenant companies implement Proxy Mobile Reader Nano, they can provide completely frictionless lobby-to-office access to tenants and visitors.

The Nano is available now and said to be compatible out-of-the-box with all Wiegand-based access control systems via wiring options that support:

  • All turnstiles, including Alvarado, Boon Edam, and DSI
  • All elevator panels and destination dispatch systems
  • All wallbox, mullion, and mini-mullion wall readers

Systems integrator Northland Controls is one of several partners working with Proxy to bring the Nano to market.

“We’re seeing interest in mobile access from our clients,” states Kyle Wollaston, design engineer at Northland Controls. “With the new Nano, Proxy makes it simple to integrate with their existing systems and deliver a seamless end user experience.”

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