The benefits of mobile access control

  • 28 Nov 2018

ASSA ABLOY EMEA discusses the increasingly popular use of mobile access control in a world where we never stop moving.

Mobiles play a large part in business. By 2016, 94% of European large businesses were providing workers with connected mobile devices, according to official EU statistics – and they are using them for more than just email. Yet access control seems to prefer the use of physical credentials over the smartphone.

As a new report on the access control industry identifies, mobile phones have not made predicted progress in replacing the plastic smart-card — at least, not yet. By 2020, Gartner predicts 20% of organisations will use smartphones for access, in place of plastic smart-cards.

According to the Wireless Access Control Report 2018: “Where access control is concerned, security departments have historically been tasked with fulfilling two major tasks as inexpensively as possible: tracking time and attendance; and preventing unauthorised entry.

“Rightly or wrongly, cards, fobs and keycodes are seen as fulfilling these jobs adequately. Security professionals are unwilling to jeopardise security by adopting innovations perceived as unproven.”

These reservations about mobile phone access are well rehearsed. Yet using a mobile phone instead of a smart-card also has advantages. How quickly would you notice if you lost your work access card? Everyone is more careful with their precious handset. And if a phone is stolen, password, pattern and fingerprint ID security can prevent a thief from gaining entry to premises, or even to the phone itself.

Phones can also be protected with biometrics much more cheaply than whole premises. Most of us carry our phones on us at all times anyway, and it will be quick and easy to keep credentials up-to-date without the need for seperate readers or a return-to-base.

For example, the new SMARTair ® Openow™ solution enables security managers and site users to manage virtual keys inside a secure app. Virtual keys can be created and sent from anywhere and facility managers can check and amend every virtual key’s access rights whenever they want, and wherever they are. Ultimately, this boosts security and saves companies’ administrations costs.

When Openow™-equipped phones replace plastic key-cards, there’s no need for a card activation terminal at reception. Access feels slicker.

ASSA ABLOY’s mobile solution CLIQ ® Connect has been a winner at the Detektor International Awards, recognizing outstanding innovation in security alarms, access control and CCTV. It also won the Gold Trophy at France’s APS Awards and Protector & Wik’s Golden Protector Award 2018.

In many sectors, mobile credentials are now expected to spread fast. IHS Markit’s senior analyst Jim Dearing comments: “The end users most likely to transition to a full mobile credential-only system are those who have to deal with large numbers of temporary visitors or who experience exceptionally high card turnover rates. Examples include building sites at which contractors require access to varying locations, as well as universities and hotels where large numbers of cards have to be replaced each year.”

Solutions for mobile workers are amenable to smartphone-based access; this exact constituency is a focus for CLIQ ® Connect. With this mobile-first extension to the CLIQ ® mechatronic access control system, a key-holder no longer needs to update access rights physically in person. All they need is a smartphone and the CLIQ ® Connect app.

To change a key-holder’s access permissions, an admin accesses the CLIQ ® Web Manager — from anywhere — and updates it. A key-holder makes an encrypted connection between their programmable Bluetooth ® key and the app to instantly update permissions from the cloud.

ASSA ABLOY,
School Street,
Willenhall,
West Midlands,
WV13 3PW
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)845 071 0882

Visit ASSA ABLOY's website

Leave a Reply

Latest news

Freefoam

Colin St John reflects on Freefoam 30 year anniversary

Whilst no one could have predicted the tumultuous events of 2020, one milestone that was always going to be in the calendar was Freefoam Building Products reaching 30 years in business.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry Events, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Cladding, Drainage, Guttering, Soffits & Fascias, Fascias, Roofs, Video of the Week, Walls

Contour Heating

Selecting LST Radiator Guards for Hospitals - Contour

Contour understands the challenges that hospitals are faced with when looking for LST radiators, Anti-ligature radiators and the radiator covers, with the priority being the safety and wellbeing of patients by creating an environment they feel comfortable in.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Services, Health & Safety, Heating Systems, Controls and Management, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - HVAC, Interiors

Alumasc WMS

Winning water management from Alumasc at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has become one of the more renowned and iconic spaces to have benefitted from Alumasc WMS’ expertise, receiving the full ‘rain to drain’ treatment. 

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Systems, Case Studies, Drainage, Guttering, Soffits & Fascias, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation

VinylPlus

European PVC industry builds new 2030 sustainability programme at online VinylPlus Sustainability Forum

VinylPlus®, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, brought together more than 180 participants from 24 countries at its recent virtual VinylPlus Sustainability Forum (VSF) (#CIRCULARVINYL).

Posted in Articles, Awards, Building Industry Events, Building Industry News, Building Services, Exhibitions and Conferences, Site Preparation, Sustainability & Energy Efficiency, Waste Management & Recycling