HID Global announced plans to support iCLASS digital keys and mobile secure identity on NFC-enabled BlackBerry smart phones.
The new BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 and BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360 smart phones activated with iCLASS digital credentials will be compatible with the installed base of iCLASS readers that are used for applications ranging from physical access systems in buildings, to student IDs, to applications that track time and attendance.
Instead of using keys or smart cards, BlackBerry smart phone users will be able to use iCLASS digital credentials that can be presented for authentication by simply holding their NFC-enabled BlackBerry smart phone in front of a reader, just like they do today with a physical iCLASS smart card.
Pilots using BlackBerry smart phones activated with iCLASS digital credentials will be conducted this year. HID Global expects that its embedded iCLASS technology will be generally available for the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 and BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360 smart phones in early 2012.
HID Global will be previewing iCLASS digital keys and mobile identity credentials using the near field communications capabilities of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 smart phone at the ASIS International 2011 security conference, Sept. 19-22, in booth #2400 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
In addition, representatives from HID Global and BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) will be speaking about this new platform at ASIS. Register here to attend.