Vodafone Italy is testing out HID Global‘s mobile access control solution in a pilot project at its Vodafone Village in Milan.
Deployed in collaboration with integrators Digitronica IT and Honeywell Building Solutions, the HID Mobile Access solution leverages Android and Apple devices’ NF and Bluetooth Smart technologies to essentially turn the smartphones into access cards. The Vodafone Italy employees testing out the solution are now able to gain access to facilities via their smartphones, and the system is also being used to track time and attendance. The test subjects can also make vending machine purchases using the solution.
So far, the pilot project seems to be going well. Commenting in a statement, Vodafone Italy’s Safety, Security and Facilities Director Stefano Bargellini said that participating employees “are providing use very interesting and positive feedback,” adding that it benefits administrators too, since it’s “very simple for us to issue, manage and revoke Mobile IDs to smartphones, which saves administration time and money.”
The solution works with HID Global’s iCLASS SE readers, which are also compatible with Vodafone Italy’s legacy card systems. But given the success the pilot project has seen so far, it’s quite possible that it could grow beyond the 8,000 mobile credentials planned for the pilot and eventually replace the Vodafone Village’s old smart card system.