Using smartphones as keys for access control on the rise

Mobile devices are everywhere. According to numerous sources, the number of mobile phone users alone is expected to reach over 4.7 billion in 2017. And around two out of every three business people today are using mobile devices like smartphones for an ever more diverse set of applications.

What’s next? One expected trend is to for mobile-enabled workforces to use smartphones and mobile devices as keys to gain access to secured buildings, rooms and areas.

According to a recent 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 underpins the strong growth opportunity for mobile access control as a technology.

Axis Communications is launching its integration of HID Global’s Mobile Access with its AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller and AXIS Entry Manager software at IFSEC International 2017, which takes place from June 20-22 at London ExCeL. See press release or the film below for more information.


* Sources: Ericsson Mobility Report , GSMA and Statista