Villanova University conducts NFC access control trial

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies and The CBORD Group enable students and staff to use personal cellphones as credentials to gain access to dorms, academic buildings and administrative offices

"An added benefit of the aptiQmobile NFC solution is that the organization may not need to change out their locks to use it when it becomes commercially available," adds Jeremy Earles, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies product marketing manager, readers and credentials. "If smart-enabled AD-Series locks or XceedID smart readers are already installed, it's simply a matter of downloading the credentials to the students' phones and they are ready to go. If non-smart access technology is being used, multi-technology readers can be installed to help ease into the transition by reading both the ID badges and the smartphones."

In the United States, more than 40 million phones are expected to be NFC-enabled by the end of 2012 and according to a report by Market Research, nearly half of all mobile phones will be NFC enabled by 2016.