Mobile Credentials (BLE / NFC / Apps) Guide

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Sep 30, 2016

One of the biggest trends in access for the last few years has been the marriage of mobile phones and access cards.

In this guide, we examine:

  • 4 key management problems
  • 2 practical problems for users
  • BLE vs NFC vs Apps Comparison

Mobile Credentials Are Slick

At a basic level, using mobile phones or tablets as credentials to open doors has a big cool factor.  Take this simple demo of one setup below:

In simple terms, instead of ringing a card, fob, PIN, or fingerprint at a reader, a user flashes a phone and the door is unlocked.  

Based on the rather personal value of phones, the idea that they accompany users like keys, wallets, or ID cards and they are protected (ie: not easily lost or misplaced) items make them good potential card replacements.

Management Problems

However, the transition is not a simple one, especially for commercial access control. A range of credential and access control management issues crop up not often issues with traditional credential methods.  These include:

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