Villanova University and the University of San Francisco have been piloting Ingersoll Rand’s new aptiQmobile, a solution that turns your smart phone into a credential for access control. The company demoed its aptiQmobile solution for attendees of last week’s ASIS Conference held in Chicago, marking the first time the general public has seen the mobile credential solution in action.
According to the folks at Ingersoll Rand, students at the University of San Francisco have fully embraced aptiQmobile since pilot testing began earlier this year, and actually prefer the convenience of using their phones to their One Card student IDs. This new level of convenience is vital to administrators, but maintaining use of the previously issued One Card IDs is of equal importance as the card credentials provide secure transactions in their own right. The combination of mobile and One Card, then, makes for an ideal experience for both students and staff alike.
Meanwhile, students at Villanova University have reported that using smart phones as badge IDs saves time that can be better spent elsewhere. Assigning the credential to a student’s phone requires less work than printing and delivering a badge ID. Moreover, students are more protective of their phones, so placing the credential on a mobile device would likely lead to a significantly reduced ID replacement rate. In the event that a phone is lost, broken or stolen, a new ID can be reissued to a new phone, and the student wouldn’t even have to be physically present in the card office to do so.
Using strong security to create an easy to use access management solution, aptiQmobile allows people to use their smartphones to enter buildings in the same way they present a badge ID. After downloading the aptiQmobile app to their smartphone, the user’s access control administrator uses aptiQmobile’s cloud service to send a secure mobile credential directly to the user’s device. Upon downloading the mobile credential, the user opens the app on their smartphone and simply taps their device on the reader as if it were an ID card.
Introduced in April of 2013, the aptiQ Developer Network already boasts a roster of eight access control software companies that is providing a channel-friendly, customer-centric avenue for users to enter the NFC market, with aptiQmobile providers acting as the suppliers of this innovative mobile access control solution.