HID Global opens new doors with mobile access

Physical access adapts to mobile trends globally

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HID Global opens new doors with mobile access
By  David Ndichu Published  May 16, 2017

HID Global is on a mission to make access control pain free.

We have come to accept that physical security and convenience are, by their very nature, mutually exclusive. However mobile access could start bridging that gap as what was once physical becomes digital.

Mobile access is the use of a mobile device, such as a smartphone, tablet or wearable, to gain access to secured doors, gates, networks, services and more.

HID has emerged as one of the trend setters in the field of mobile access, whose solutions allow organisations to meet the growing demands of a mobile-first world.

Mobility is now part of peoples’ lives and having this kind of security connected to users will afford them a far better user experience, says Wisam Yaghmour, regional sales director, Middle east and Africa at HID Global.

“Your card can be stolen, forgotten, or broken, but your mobile is always with you. With mobility, we are able to handle not just security but also privacy,” Yaghmour says.

The goal of any mobility solution within an organisation is to improve experience as people confidently connect to and use a growing range of applications, Yaghmour observes.  The experience, of course, must be secure, using a single, trusted ID so that the process is quick and convenient.  Adding trust to IDs, however, is not a trivial task.

The challenge lies in remotwely deploying an ID to a phone that the security administrator may have never seen, owned by a person whom he or she may not have met, and to do so with trust and security.

With mobile access control, one can accomplish everything that the physical card does, and then some. “The basic applications of physical access control run the same on the mobile platform as the physical card. However, the HID Mobile Access solution greatly improves the operations and enhances customer experience,” says Yaghmour. Physical cards have always been intrusive, but the use of phones and wearables promise a more intuitive experience. “With our mobile access solution, we sought to address not just the security, but also the user experience,” he adds.

For the organisation, HID Global developed a connected platform that can blend the secure identity management as well as the physical access control aspect, whether the credential is in a card or on a mobile device. Powered by Seos, the solution allows employees use the credentials for secure printing, time attendance, access control, at vending machines and even top up the card to use it as a prepaid card, in a school setting. “HID wants to improve not just security but also efficiency and cost effectiveness through a single platform -one card, one credential for all,” says Yaghmour.

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