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Physical and Logical Access With Wearable and Mobile Credentials

Getting in and Logging on With Mobile Access

There’s an app for just about everything these days — including access control. While many organizations stick with tried-and-true smart cards, others are branching out into the flexible, high tech and high security world of mobile access, verifying trusted identities with credentials like smart phones and wearables.

With mobile access, users download an app and administrators provision access to that unique device, which is scanned by readers wherever security is needed. There are infinite permissions possibilities; some users may be granted access to one or two places, while others could be allowed almost anywhere. These permissions can be changed instantly as well — even granted to visitors as they enter a building and automatically revoked when they exit. Unlike cards, smart phones are unlikely to be forgotten or borrowed by coworkers and friends. They also come with their own standard level of security, since they’re unlocked with a biometric or private passcode. Adding a multi-factor authentication (MFA) requirement for access to particularly sensitive areas further increases their security. In addition, some credentials significantly improve people flow by allowing readers to authenticate trusted identities several feet before their approach. When it comes to building lobbies, for example, security is paramount, but so is the rate at which people are able to enter and exit. Mobile access can help maximize security while keeping people moving throughout the hustle and bustle of a busy workday.

Wearables: Beyond the Phone

Of course, smart phones aren’t the only way to enjoy the security and flexibility of mobile access. Wearables like smart watches, rings, key fobs and bracelets are increasingly requested by organizations and individuals. Like smart phones, these wearables are unlikely to be loaned or lost. Unlike phones — which must be pulled from purses or pockets, unlocked and held to a reader — wearables like watches and rings are already out and ready to scan. They can even be read through protective gear like latex gloves and other PPE, so medical staff can log into systems and spaces safely, without compromising their equipment or their health. From building entry to cashless cafeteria payments, mobile access allows for flexible, robust and user-friendly security.

Interested in learning more about the world of wearables? Check out our executive brief, Introduction and Advantages of Using Wearable Devices for Access Control.

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