Utilizing Mobile Keys technology security managers can manage credentials from a central access control system and easily issue mobile keys to mobile phones with NFC technology. The credentials are stored in a tamper- resistant memory space in the phone, called a secure element. Credentials can be revoked if the phone is lost or stolen, and new keys can then be re-issued to a temporary phone.
“It will soon be possible to unlock and lock doors using mobile phones in hotels, commercial buildings and private homes. We believe the use of virtual access credentials will increase in the coming years,” stated Martin Huddart, Vice President Electronic Access Control for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. “They offer not only higher security but also the simple convenience that users have come to expect as an increasing number of services become available through mobile phones.”
Instead of using a printer to encode a card or assigning a pre-encoded card to a user, a virtual key is delivered to and stored on an NFC-enabled mobile phone. The mobile key allows the user to open a lock with his/her mobile phone. The Mobile Keys Platform ensures end-to-end security and is applicable for residential, commercial and hotel applications.
Several contactless services, such as payments, ticketing and loyalty, have already been integrated into mobile phones. The same development is now happening with keys.
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