HID Global recently launched its Mobile Access technology that allows companies to grant access to employees using their smartphone as an access card. HID Global’s Robbie Truter, area sales manager for sub-Saharan Africa, answers some questions on Mobile Access.
How will HID Global’s recently launched HID Mobile Access solution change the way we open doors?
Truter: HID Global’s, HID Mobile Access solution supports Bluetooth Smart and NFC to open doors and gates with smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, while enabling the future use of these devices for a wide range of additional applications. Powered by Seos technology, the solution provides superior identity management and also enables users to open doors and gates from a distance via Bluetooth Smart and HID Global’s “Twist and Go” gesture technology.
To elaborate further on this, firstly, it allows staff to use any smart device instead of an access card to enter a building. Secondly, staff can open doors similarly to how they use a card, by tapping the phone to the reader – but they can also open doors from a distance of up to 2 metres via Bluetooth Smart and Twist and Go gesture technology. This is particularly useful in parking garages or warehouses, where one cannot easily get close to the readers. Many of our beta users provided positive feedback for using this for the front door of their building. Each door can be configured to allow for either a short range frequency or a long range Twist and Go gesture, so each customer can set up their environment to what is suitable for their organisation.
Why is HID Global’s offering unique?
Truter: HID Global’s Mobile Access offering is the industry’s most comprehensive, end-to-end commercial solution that supports both Bluetooth Smart and NFC, without the need for additional accessories. HID Global has also created a unique and highly intuitive deployment and management experience with its user-friendly HID Secure Identity Service portal.
Administrators simply send users an invitation to download an HID Mobile Access app directly to their Bluetooth or NFC-enabled phones. After download and registration of the app, Mobile IDs can be immediately issued, provisioned or revoked over the air. The portal is designed for administrator convenience and efficiency, and allows administrators to manage individual or a batch of users for speedy provisioning and ongoing management.
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, simply rotate the device to initiate the transaction as they drive or walk up to it.
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