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aptiQmobile Turns Smartphones Into Credentials
CARMEL, Ind. – aptiQmobile allows smartphones to grant access to buildings and dorm rooms, and even pay for meals, laundry and books on a college campus. The technology that makes these everyday transactions possible sends credentials (virtual keys) over the air to Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled smartphones, allowing people to use their phones to enter buildings in place of their smart-card ID badges. All existing aptiQ smart-card readers are already compatible with the aptiQmobile NFC technology. No new readers are required.
Two highly publicized pilot programs at Villanova University and the University of San Francisco have shown the value of using smart phones as access control credentials.
“Our students have embraced it, telling us they prefer the convenience of their iPhones to digging for their One Cards,” emphasizes Jason Rossi, Director of One Card and Campus Security Systems, University of San Francisco. “This convenience is important to us, but equally important is the security of using their existing contactless credentials, keeping our transactions secure. The combination makes for a first-rate experience for our students and our staff.”
To turn NFC-enabled smartphones into an access control credential, users simply download the aptiQmobile app to their smartphone and use it to retrieve their secure mobile key managed by their administrator. Once their mobile key is downloaded, they open the app and tap it to the reader just like using a smart card.
“Many smartphones currently on the market are already NFC-enabled with more models being launched every month,” emphasizes Jeremy Earles, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies product marketing manager, readers and credentials. “NFC-enabled phones can send encrypted data a short distance to a reader located next to a retail cash register or a door lock. The process uses strong security standards and is very easy to use.”
About Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; secure homes and commercial properties; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies’ market-leading products include electronic and biometric access control systems; time-and-attendance and personnel scheduling systems; mechanical locks; portable security; door closers, exit devices, architectural hardware, and steel doors and frames; and other technologies and services for global security markets. Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies is part of the security businesses identified to become part of Allegion, the $2 billion independent, standalone, publicly-held security company to be created upon separation from Ingersoll Rand. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit ingersollrand.com or securitytechnologies.ingersollrand.com.