HID's iCLASS platform to support NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphones

Access control solutions manufacturer HID Global announced Thursday that its iCLASS proximity technology will now support near field communications-enabled BlackBerry smartphones.

According to the company, the new BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 and BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370 smartphones activated with iCLASS digital credentials will be compatible with iCLASS readers. Rather than using a traditional smartcard, BlackBerry users will be able place their NFC-enabled smartphone in front of a reader for access.

"This industry first is an important milestone in the deployment of mobile access and identity solutions using NFC technology on smartphones," said Dr. Tam Hulusi, senior vice president with HID Global. "We will continue to innovate in the delivery of secure identity, as NFC-enabled smartphones represent a complementary new platform that we believe will expand the access control market and our online card services business while improving user security and convenience."

The company will be showcasing the technology next week in Orlando at ASIS 2011.