A trial at Arizona State University showcased the benefits of using NFC smart phones as secure credentials for opening doors at universities and other campus environments. ASU manages on-campus housing for approximately 13,000 students living in 34 residence halls.
The pilot project consists of HID Global iCLASS SE readers, and HID technology-enabled Sargent Profile Series electromechanical locks from ASSA ABLOY on secured doors to ASU’s campus residence and selected resident’s rooms.
NFC smart phones carrying iCLASS SE technology were issued to open door locks. Participants present the phones to a door reader just like they would do with their existing Sun Cards, which are also iCLASS-based campus credentials.
“With this technology, any door that’s opened with a key or Sun Card has the potential to now be opened with a phone,” said Denis Hébert, HID Global president and CEO.
Some participants are also using their phones with an additional unique digital key and PIN to open individual room doors. The technology also supports over-the-air provisioning and management of digital keys, which simplifies administration of the access control system.
Participants have also expressed an interest in using their smart phone for other campus applications including access to the student recreation center, as well as transit fare payment and meal, ticket and merchandise purchases.
“Many have said they often leave their room without their Sun Card,” said Debra Spitler, HID Global’s vice president of HID Connect. “But never forget their phones; by carrying their Sun Card credentials inside their phone, they know they can always get back into their residence hall or room.”
HID Global will be presenting results of the ASU pilot project at the ASIS International 2011 Conference, Sept. 19 in Orlando, Fla. Key executives from Arizona State University, Research in Motion (RIM), Verizon Wireless and ASSA ABLOY Americas will also be present to discuss the pilot. More information on the conference is available here.