HID Global and VMware are joining forces to create a comprehensive physical and digital mobile access control platform. The new solution combines HID Global’s Mobile Access with VMware’s Workspace ONE, a network management tool that allows enterprises to secure any device or app being used in the workplace.
HID Mobile Access, meanwhile, is an access control tool that allows employees to use a mobile device to enter secure buildings and unlock doors once they arrive. Together, Mobile Access and Workspace ONE will allow employees to log into any business application or enter any work site with nothing but a smartphone.
“The collaboration will accelerate the use of converged physical and logical access control on mobile devices,” said HID Global Cloud Services VP Hilding Arrehed. “The solution underscores HID’s and VMware’s shared commitment to bring to market one of the industry’s first unified access control solutions for a user base of this size.”
“Adding physical access control capabilities to Workspace ONE will bring a unique element to our customers’ digital transformation journeys across any application on any device,” added VMware Product Management VP Tony Kueh.
The integration was carried out with HID’s cloud-based Origo platform, which debuted earlier this year and makes it easy to generate a new mobile ID in the case of a lost or stolen (or simply new) mobile device. Prior to the announcement, VMware carried out a test of the new platform at its own corporate facilities, utilizing HID’s iCLASS SE Bluetooth readers to grant access to its employees. HID Global’s technology allows users to unlock doors with gesture recognition, while Workspace ONE can be deployed as a cloud service or an on-premises solution.
HID Global has also released a new Credential Management Service and a new Authentication Service over the course of the past few months.