31 Oct 2019

Mobile Credentials: Next Level Authentication Security

Are your customers ready for mobile credentials for authentication, identification and access control? Maybe more than you think...

Raise your hand if your employer uses RFID badges or fobs for access control. If you have a mobile device (personal or company issued), keep them up. Odds are, very few of you dropped your hand and I'd be willing to bet more of you could say yes to the latter than the first question.

Another question...for those with physical badges or credentials, how often have you forgotten it? Lost it? Paid to replace it? Had to wait for someone else to open a door for you? Let someone in that you honestly weren't sure works in your building?

Let's be honest, we're all apt to leave a badge in our car, at our desk or on the kitchen table at home, but how often do you forget your phone? Smartphones are the ubiquitous technology that intersects with much of our lives and as mobile credentials grow in popularity, more businesses and facilities are looking to place authentication, identification and security in the same place as our favorite apps and interactivity tools.

Replacing a physical credential with mobile may feel like a costly, unnecessary process, but when you start adding up the time and labor involved in a badge, fob or tag, it's an easy conversion. Credentials themselves are costly, especially when you have to stockpile enough for replacements or supply them to guests and visitors for short-term use. Throw in the labor for printing and programming cards and the space needed to hold inventory (not to mention shipping) and the collective costs add up.

With mobile credentials, it's as simple as purchasing licenses which are stored in a cloud-based system, sending a credential to an employee or visitor via email and providing them with the access directly on their mobile device. Beyond the practical benefits and cost savings, security concerns that arise from lost or easily copied physical credentials are replaced by devices that may be locked by biometric or facial recognition measures.

This may be especially appealing to small-to-medium size businesses (SMB) who lack the technical infrastructure or staff to support physical credentials but would like to implement an access control system. The all-in-one simplicity of providing mobile credentials in a BYOD format or on company-issued devices can let multi-tasking staff like HR professionals or corporate IT focus on their daily responsibilities.

Finally, the technology to read mobile credentials has multiple uses beyond building or room access control, opening up employees to use their phones for everything from computer login and clock in/out to secure print release, cafeteria payroll deductions and much more.

RF IDeas has been leading the charge by introducing their pcProx Plus BLE line of readers and partnering with mobile credential providers like Safetrust and Orange. If you have customers upgrading their access control systems or starting from scratch, ask them if they are ready to take authentication and identification mobile!