Your phone is the key

February 2013 Access Control & Identity Management

ASSA ABLOY Seos is a commercial ecosystem for issuing, delivering and revoking digital keys on mobile phones with NFC technology. NFC (near field communication) is a short-range wireless communication technology standard that enables the exchange of data between devices over a distance of up to 10 cm.

With Seos, mobile phones can replace mechanical keys and access cards and open doors to homes, hotels, offices, hospitals, universities, industries and commercial buildings. The Seos logotype on locks, mobile applications, access cards and websites indicates compliance and interoperability with the Seos mobile ecosystem.

With Seos, homeowners can send temporary digital keys to visitors, handymen, etc from their own mobile phones. Issued keys can be revoked through the same interface. Homeowners no longer have to lend out physical keys and worry about them being lost or copied.

Hotel guests can check in and out with their mobile phones and receive digital hotel room keys before arriving at the hotel.

In offices and commercial buildings, access to rooms and cabinets can be managed centrally. Security staff can send temporary digital keys to visitors and service staff wirelessly without having to manage physical keys and access cards. For even higher security, Seos digital keys can be protected by mobile phone PIN codes.

“The development team has worked with secure identity and access control experts at HID Global, lock developers at Sargent, Corbin Russwin and Yale, and with hospitality professionals at VingCard Elsafe. As a result Seos can be adapted to different end-user needs and local standards. With Seos, ASSA ABLOY can offer the most flexible infrastructure for digital keys on the market today,” says Daniel Berg, VP, ASSA ABLOY Mobile Keys.

Seos is based on open standards and works with all standards-compliant NFC mobile phones. The Seos digital keys are delivered with end-to-end encryption and stored securely on SIM cards, embedded secure elements or Micro SD memory cards. Multiple Seos digital keys for a variety of different locks can be stored on a single mobile phone and remain active even if the phone is turned off or out of battery power.

Seos digital keys will also work with solutions based on the iCLASS SE access control platform from HID Global, an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. The adaptable and secure iCLASS SE platform delivers improved security, privacy and portability and includes iCLASS SE readers and iCLASS Seos cards that are interoperable with commercial and residential locks, as well as NFC-enabled smartphones and other devices carrying Seos digital keys.

For more information contact Alistair Thackeray, ASSA ABLOY SA, +27 (0)11 761 5019, +27 (0)83 285 6767,,


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