The Future of Access Control Credentials

Brivo's Pass Wallet Access Control Applications eliminates the FOB / Card so you can access all of your doors with your phone.

Brivo's Pass Wallet Access Control Applications eliminates the FOB / Card so you can access all of your doors with your phone.

Everything related to mobile devices is changing. Credentials for access control systems is no exception.

Most people who have lived in an apartment building or worked in a commercial office have used a FOB or keycard to unlock an electronic door. And with mobile pay apps, many people also find more and more of the physical items they have carried in the past have now moved to their mobile devices (e.g., membership cards, boarding passes, and credit cards).

Access control FOBs and cards will soon be as obsolete as paper boarding passes with newer systems emphasizing mobile apps, bluetooth, and/or location based beacons. For the past ten years sticker dots have been available to put the physical credential on the back of a badge or on your phone. But now the physical badge is going away completely.

The most common approach to these systems with physical access is a mobile app that talks to the bluetooth-ready unit by the door. These units allow the user to be authorized for access. This is how HID has implemented their bluetooth compatible readers and is a useful approach, as it allows users with mobile devices -- with the app installed -- to unlock an electronic door they are authorized for.

Bluetooth readers are an interim step however, as once we use our mobile devices for physical access control we can get rid of the reader altogether. The phone “knows” where we are and presumably knows who we are. As a result, approaching a door can either release the door (for low security entry points) and prompt us for a code or fingerprint on the phone in order to release the door.

Different doors will have different levels of permission. Accessing a door to an airport tarmac may require the mobile device to communicate with a sensor at the door and verify the fingerprint of the mobile device user, while the bathroom at Starbucks may simply verify that the holder of mobile device is a customer with their mobile app installed and is within five feet of the entry door.

As mobile devices know where we are, know who we are, and communicate with the systems around us, physical access control management will be absorbed into the existing networks --providing new opportunities for convenience, security, and customized features.

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