Gemalto demonstrates new uses for NFC
Mobile phones could now be used as a secure identification device for use in enterprises
Digital security expert Gemalto is demonstrating a proof of concept for enterprise applications that is designed to transform mobile phones into secure and convenient identification and authentication devices for the workplace. Utilising the company's UpTeq NFC SIM, Gemalto's experimentation is designed to allow secure and fast entry to buildings as well as provide strong authentication on PCs, laptops, IT networks and other company services.
"Smart phones and contactless cards are some of the most widely used technologies in the enterprise today," said Frédéric Vasnier, senior vice president of Telecommunications at Gemalto. "In addition, the workplace requires a high level of security for physical and logical access. Combining expertise in all these areas, Gemalto is committed to innovation in domains where security, speed and convenience are crucial and "Enterprise" is a perfect use case for new NFC applications."
With the user's credentials protected by smart card security, Gemalto's UpTeq NFC SIM and embedded software support numerous industry standards for contactless access, and can extend the benefits of NFC technology beyond building access control.
Downloadable apps include Gemalto's Password Companion, a secure password management application embedded in the SIM that is designed to replace low privacy log-in procedures for computing devices and networks with contactless confirmation using the mobile phone for authentication. NFC phones can also be used for booking meeting rooms, controlling access to secure office printers, and making payments at vending machines and canteens.