HID Mobile Access Enables Bluetooth Smart and NFC-Enabled Smartphones

The new solution delivers end-to-end identity management, an enhanced user experience and an easy path to future mobile applications.

ATLANTA – A jaunt through the hefty footprint that is the HID Global exhibit booth can be a bit eye-popping, given the company’s vast range of secure identity solutions that are tailored for various commercial markets and industries of all sorts.

ASIS 2014 was no exception in this regard. Let’s zero in on a new release in particular to spotlight from this year’ show: the HID Mobile Access solution, which is billed as delivering a more secure and convenient way to open doors and gates while introducing a simple secure identity management process.

The solution includes all that is needed for organizations to immediately begin using Bluetooth Smart and NFC-enabled smartphones and other mobile devices as an alternative to keys and smart cards, according to the company. The solution also makes it possible for users to unlock doors and open gates from a distance using the company’s patented “Twist and Go” gesture technology.

HID Mobile Access is used with the company’s mobile-enabled iCLASS SE and/or multiCLASS SE readers, and includes Mobile IDs, HID Mobile Access Apps and access to the HID Secure Identity Services portal for managing users and issuing or revoking Mobile IDs. The mobile-enabled readers are also interoperable with 125 kHz HID Prox and high-frequency technologies, including iCLASS Seos, iCLASS SE, standard iCLASS, MIFARE and MIFARE DESFire EV1, which optimizes flexibility for using both cards and mobile devices.

“Powered by our award-winning Seos technology, HID Mobile Access opens a new chapter in the creation and management of digital identities for mobile access by making it possible to open doors using the broadest range of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, without the need for additional sleeves or other accessories,” says Selva Selvaratnam, senior vice president and CTO, HID Global.

The solution has already proven in a number of successful pilots at major universities and businesses, Selvaratnam says.

To better facilitate projects, HID created an intuitive deployment and management experience with its HID Secure Identity Service portal. Administrators can send users an invitation to download an HID Mobile Access App directly to their Bluetooth- or NFC-enabled phones. After the app has been downloaded and registration completed, Mobile IDs can be immediately issued, provisioned or revoked over the air.

The portal was designed for administrator convenience and efficiency, and allows administrators to manage individual or a batch of users for speedy provisioning and ongoing management, according to the company. After the Mobile ID has been issued, the user can open a door or gate by either tapping their handset to a mobile-enabled reader or, using their Bluetooth connection and HID Global gesture technology, rotate the device to initiate the transaction as they drive or walk up to it.

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Although Bosch’s name is quite familiar to those in the security industry, his previous experience has been in daily newspaper journalism. Prior to joining SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in 2006, he spent 15 years with the Los Angeles Times, where he performed a wide assortment of editorial responsibilities, including feature and metro department assignments as well as content producing for latimes.com. Bosch is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Mass Communication & Journalism. In 2007, he successfully completed the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association’s National Training School coursework to become a Certified Level I Alarm Technician.

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