Using smartphones as keys for access control continues to grow

Pia Hantoft

Mobile devices are everywhere. Number of mobile phone users alone was forecast to reach over 4.7 billion this year, with more than 60% of the world’s population already owning a mobile phone. And around two out of every three business people today are using mobile devices such as smartphones for an ever more diverse set of applications.

One application that we’re seeing growth in is for mobile-enabled workforces to use smartphones and mobile devices as keys to gain access to secured buildings, rooms and areas.

According to a report from Gartner, “Predicts 2017: Identity and Access Management” around 20 percent of organizations expect to adapt use of smartphones as an option to traditional physical access cards by 2020. In 2016, just 5% of organizations used smartphones to enable access.

One reason for the high expected growth for usage of smartphones as digital access control keys is that mobile technology is already widely used for identification, authentication, authorization and accountability in computer information systems. Another reason is that using mobile devices as keys aligns perfectly with the mobile-first preferences of today’s workforces. Using mobile devices as keys not only delivers a convenient user-experience. It also helps boost operational efficiency and satisfaction of today’s mobile-enabled workforces. As important, it represents a more cost-effective, simpler way for companies to manage identification credentials as it eliminates numerous manual tasks related to handling, printing, distributing and disposing of physical identity badges

All of which is evidence that underpins the strong growth opportunity for mobile access control. Find out more about:

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