HID Global completes world’s first series of NFC-enabled smartphone pilots that open doors in the enterprise

Participants cite improved convenience and security of using phones to open doors


Pilot Results

Results from a third-party survey of participants included:

• More than 80 percent of Netflix respondents felt that the application for unlocking a door was intuitive, and nearly 90 percent described it as easy to use.

• This perception was echoed at Good Technology, where more than 80 percent of respondents felt the smartphone was more convenient to use than their current access card, primarily because they never forget their phones like they do their badges. All Good Technology respondents said they liked the look of the door unlock application on their phones, and said it was intuitive and easy to use.

• Approximately 75 percent of Netflix respondents said they would be willing to load the app onto their own personal smartphone. Roughly 75 percent at Netflix and 67 percent at Good Technology said that other people who saw them using their smartphone to access the building asked questions or expressed an interest in it.

• More than 83 percent of Good Technology participants said that the company’s physical security was improved by using a smartphone rather than a card to open locked doors. This included respondents who highlighted the benefits of layered security, and being able to use a PIN to unlock their phone and then use the mobile access app to gain entry.

• 87 percent of Netflix respondents said they would want to use a smartphone to open all locked doors at the company.

• All Good Technology respondents saw value in additional uses of digital keys on their smartphones, such as logging on to their PC and using their smartphones for secure print authentication, as well as personal uses such as using their smartphones to access their residence and as a mobile wallet for payment. All respondents also said they would like to be able to use their NFC-enabled smartphones to receive digital keys over-the-air that could be used to access a hotel room.

• 81 percent of Netflix respondents said the fact that the company is testing and deploying mobile access makes it a more fun and exciting place to work.

Good Technology was also impressed with HID Global’s comprehensive credential provisioning and management services. In a mobile environment such as the one created for the pilot, HID Secure Identity Services will enable users to create secure identities and digital keys for NFC-enabled handsets using a cloud-based portal in a managed-service context, and then provision them over-the-air onto their smartphones.

The pilots highlighted a number of opportunities to improve the mobile access control experience as the industry moves closer to deployment. This includes bringing more mobile network operators and handset manufacturers into the ecosystem so that users have more service and product choices. Additionally, participants cited the need for an “always on” access control experience, which requires that NFC handsets be able to open doors without having to start an app, and that their secure elements, either embedded in the phone or in their subscriber identity module (SIM) cards, are made available for over-the-air communications directly with service providers. Pilot participants also highlighted the need for solutions that do not excessively drain battery, are available even when the battery is dead, don’t interrupt other tasks, and deliver an intuitive user interface with accurate graphical representations and conveniently sized icons.