Nymi has formed another partnership to increase the utility of the Nymi Band. This time around, the company has allied with rf IDEAS to make the Nymi Band compatible with the latter’s WAVE ID Mobile Readers for physical and digital access control.
The partnership will allow users to swipe the band at a WAVE ID reader to unlock doors and log in to workstations. Both the Band and the WAVE ID readers are able to communicate through a contactless Bluetooth Low Energy connection, while the Band provides ongoing biometric authentication based on the wearer’s heart rate.
The news is in keeping with Nymi’s recent efforts to make its flagship product more appealing. Since launching the Nymi Band 3.0 in September, the company has tried to make its solution compatible with as many hardware and software platforms as possible, and has already formed a similar partnership with ELATEC, which develops Bluetooh, NFC, and RFID readers. The Ping Intelligent Identity Platform and Tulip Apps have also added support for the Nymi Band.
The two companies are hoping that the joint solution will attract customers in a number of different industries. However, they called particular attention to healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and other industries in which employees need to wear many layers of protective equipment.
“A hospital could enable single sign-on access to medical records, nursing stations, medication carts and more with a wave of our Nymi Band over an rf IDEAS reader,” said Nymi VP Andrew Foxcroft. “There’s no need to type a password, handle an ID card, or even remove gloves.”
“It’s a real game-changer: a completely touchless, hands-free authentication solution that doesn’t require facial or retinal scanning,” added rf IDEAS Global Sales and Marketing SVP Tod Besse. “We’re excited to be transforming contactless authentication through this partnership.”