Near field communications (NFC) is propelling a new type of security credential: the smartphone. It is a logical next step in the world of bring your own device (BYOD), which leverages personal smartphones and tablets as business tools, to go one step further and use the pervasive technology as mutli-factor authenticated personnel ID for physical access control.
Yesterday, Ingersoll Rand Technologies announced the formal launch of aptiQmobile, which does just this: it turns mobile phones equipped with the cloud enabled app to transform into keys, badges and secure documents. Today more news about the technology has come to light courtesy of Iris ID (formerly LG Electronics, Iris Technology Division).
The IrisAccess iCAM7000 series support these smartphone credentials, adding a layer of iris biometrics to the BYOD security solution. All previous iterations of aptiQ technology, including readers, credentials and the mobile application can be integrated to allow for increased security that combines NFC and iris scanning for the purposes of physical access and time and attendance purposes.
Speaking in regards to this advanced, inter-platform functionality, Charles Koo, Iris ID’s president and CEO said: “As an aptiQ alliance member we are excited to be part of this new implementation which allows iris technology to be coupled with aptiQ readers, credentials and aptiQmobile. This is a key milestone for our identification technology; iris recognition is a perfect solution for providing strong authentication for enterprise security”
At the 2013 ASIS conference in Chicago, running from today until September 27, Iris ID will be demonstrating this new functionality in booth 1422, using an NFC enabled smartphone running aptiQmobile.