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Etisalat adopts Gemalto mobile NFC solution for facilities access

App-based authentication method deployed for telco’s premises

The Gemalto solution provides an app on a handset which allows Etisalat employees to use their phone as a key card.
The Gemalto solution provides an app on a handset which allows Etisalat employees to use their phone as a key card.

UAE telecoms provider, Etisalat, is installing a mobile near-field communication (NFC) solution from security specialist, Gemalto, to allow secured access to its premises through the use of smartphones.

The Gemalto solution provides an app on a handset which allows Etisalat employees to use their phone as a key card. The same authentication method can be used to grant rights to a network printer.

"Gemalto's UpTeq multi-tenant NFC SIM and embedded access control application showcases the potential uses of NFC in a highly secure corporate environment," Gemalto said in a statement.

"Etisalat is evolving into a truly integrated service provider by introducing smart solutions and mobile apps that can make modern living in our smart cities easier, whether it's in the office, at home, or when shopping or traveling," said Khaled ElKhouly, chief marketing officer, Etisalat. "We believe that Gemalto's NFC experience and remarkable technical support will be valuable assets to us."

"This deployment reflects the true potential of NFC technology, which opens the door to many more new services on mobile," said Eric Claudel, president, Middle East and Africa, Gemalto. "Etisalat is playing a key role in putting the UAE at the forefront of this mobile revolution, using the power of this technology to deliver smart services to its employees but also potentially to its corporate customers."