ASSA ABLOY EMEA
Download PDF version Contact company

In business and at home, the smartphone is a remote control for our lives. It’s a calendar and a credit card. We book holidays and do our daily banking. With video calling technology, we can even be in two places at once (or make it seem that way). Could there be untapped potential in using mobile phones for access control, too?

According to official EU data, by 2016 94% of European large businesses were issuing their workers with some sort of connected mobile device. We seem to use our smartphones for everything. Yet mobile phones are under utilised when it comes to building security and access management.

Mobile access

Evolving technologies now enable us to manage access rights via mobile phone apps

Evolving technologies now enable us to manage access rights via mobile phone apps, open a door with a virtual key credential, and much more. An estimated 44 million mobile credentials will be downloaded by 2021, according to a recent IHS Markit forecast.

Smartphones enable wireless access control:

  • Convenience: Part of the reason Apple Pay, Instagram and many more mobile services succeed is for the simple reason, we like to carry less stuff. With secure credentials on your phone, there’s no more need for a fob, a plastic smart-card or anything similar.
  • Security: A screen-lock adds an extra layer of PIN, swipe passcode or fingerprint security. With phones, multi-factor authentication is baked into the credential. And how quickly would you notice if a plastic key-card went missing? Nowhere near as fast as you’d spot your smart phone was gone.
  • Flexibility: Security and facility managers can do things with virtual keys that are impossible with a plastic credential. They can issue, revoke or amend them instantly and from anywhere with secure cloud access via a mobile phone. However briefly a temporary visitor needs to enter your building, the easiest way to let them in is with their phone.
  • Efficiency: Scrap the queues at reception waiting for temporary visitor permits, waste fewer hours in plastic key-card handover meetings and spend less of your budget replacing lost and damaged credentials. Phone-based access control saves businesses time and money.
  • Compatibility: Mobile phones are machines built for connectivity, including with your existing RFID locks. Bluetooth and NFC radio technology are already inside most modern smartphones. Every future viable wireless and contactless technology will be there, too.

Another recent analyst report suggested as many as 20% of organisations would use smartphones for access, in place of plastic smart-cards, by 2020. The move to mobile access control seems inevitable.

Other highly security-aware industries like banking demonstrate the advantages of the smartphone,” says Thomas Schulz, Director Marketing & Communications Digital and Access Solutions at ASSA ABLOY EMEA. “Similarly, we see fast-growing interest in unlocking doors and other openings with mobile credentials, and in facility managers administering access rights via their smartphone.

SMARTair Openow solution

To take one example from our portfolio of mobile access solutions, security managers using our new SMARTair Openow solution manage all users’ virtual keys inside a secure app. If an administrator cancels a virtual key, it vanishes immediately from a user’s Openow app.

Schulz points to the new Arkansas State University campus in Mexico, where students and staff have no access cards to collect or validate. Every site user installs and validates their own Openow app and collects keys virtually.

Wireless access control

Smartphones add convenience and functionality right across our wireless access control product"

Smartphones add convenience and functionality right across our wireless access control product and solutions portfolio,” said Schulz. “Users can unlock our Aperio wireless locks with a Seos mobile credential. Small and medium-sized business managers can run their own access control with no specialist knowledge, using just the CLIQ Go app and their phone.

He further adds, “For companies with a remote workforce, the CLIQ Connect app updates access rights of programmable keys with just a secure Bluetooth connection. Access control from your mobile phone offers so many efficiency advantages. I’d encourage everyone involved in managing access control to take a look.

Share with LinkedIn Share with Twitter Share with Facebook Share with Facebook
Download PDF version Download PDF version

ASSA ABLOY EMEA news

Wire-free, mobile first and data rich? The future of access control is within almost anyone’s reach

The 2020s will be a wireless decade in access control, says Russell Wagstaff from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA. He examines the trends data, and looks beyond mobile keys to brand new security roles for the smartphone. The benefits of wire-free electronic access control are well rehearsed. They are also more relevant than ever. A wireless solution gives facility managers deeper, more flexible control over who should have access, where and when, because installing, operating and integrating...

Mul-T-Lock announces the release of CLIQ Local Manager software platform

Lock and security specialist, Mul-T-Lock has launched CLIQ Local Manager, the ideal locally installed access control system for medium to large businesses. The new CLIQ Local Manager software has been designed for the day-to-day management of eCLIQ master key systems. With it, system managers can perform a variety of tasks, based on the specific needs of their environment, managing access rights of user keys locally via desktop programming devices. CLIQ Local Manager Mul-T-Lock’s CLIQ L...

ASSA ABLOY introduces HES ES100 wireless electric strike to provide retrofit solution for remote control and monitoring

ASSA ABLOY announces the launch of the HES ES100 wireless electric strike, combining the features of the HES 1500 and 1600 Series electric strikes with Aperio® wireless technology to provide an easy, affordable retrofit solution for remote control and monitoring. As the newest addition to the Aperio family of real-time wireless solutions, the HES ES100 concealed electric strike works in conjunction with the Securitron R100 surface-mounted reader to retrofit an opening with online access con...

ASSA ABLOY EMEA case studies

CLIQ® access control solution from ASSA ABLOY helps secure museums, shopping and indoor leisure sites

Places of leisure, where one spends one’s downtime, are public by design. Unlike a bank vault or power plant, they actively invite visitors. One can’t just lock them down and hope no one turns up. Equally, to ensure user and property safety, access must not be a free for all. Managing risk - separating authorised from unauthorised people and locations - is part of every site manager’s daily routine. Intelligent locking makes this workload a whole lot easier. Intelligent keys...

ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA launches Incedo™ Business access management solution

The world is constantly changing, with people, data and goods moving more fluidly than ever before. The security solution needs to move with it. New Incedo Business connects all security software and hardware within one platform. One can easily scale it up or down, based on one’s needs, to keep people moving and business growing. Together. People need different access times and entry points, and the access and security requirements change day to day – so, a static solution is no lon...

CLIQ combines electronic and mechanical security with electronic cylinders and padlocks

Resilience and efficiency have become watchwords for the public institutions, before, during and after the ongoing health crisis. In delivering services fit for the modern world, these institutions need more than just innovation and accountability. They require flexibility and agility, too, including in how they approach security. The lock and key have enjoyed public trust for a long time. Keys were used in Ancient Egypt and Assyria, and warrant a mention in the Christian Old Testament. As a te...