JustIN – smartphone access control solution

Wednesday, 9th September, 2015

Just about everyone has a mobile phone these days and just about everyone loves using their phone for as many activities as possible, from mapping their fitness activity to managing their finances via a mobile banking app. So it would make sense for organisations to take advantage of this love of all things mobile to enable their staff or students to gain access to buildings and rooms.

Using a smartphone’s BLE (Bluetooth low energy) your staff’s (or student’s) smartphones is used to communicate with electronic locks to gain access to your building and rooms (rather than using a more traditional ID card or fob).  Because let’s face it you might easily forget to pick up your ID card in the morning, but your mobile phone, not very likely!

Simple and Easy to use

Staff or students simply download an app to their smartphone, have it registered and verified and their good to receive their mobile key. The organisation sends a message to the smartphone notifying the phone’s owner they have a new key and which doors this key will allow them access to. The phone owner now only needs to present the smartphone to a lock they have credentials to open and start communication via the mobile phone app. Obviously security is paramount so all data transmissions and the mobile key itself is encrypted and secured against cloning.

Apart from the obvious enhance user experience; another great benefit is keys can be received anytime and anywhere which creates a truly flexible access control solution and one which is particularly attractive if you have a large remote workforce.

Go to the next level

And if you want to take the smartphone use to the next level you can deploy SALTO’s mobile virtual network (mSVN) and use the phone to update user credentials, in effect the phone acts as the online reader would in a building. This is done by employing mobile communications, the mSVN and the phones NFC (near field communication). With mSVN access rights can be updated via direct communication between the phone and the credential exactly where and when these are needed. New access rights and black list information are sent to the authorised and registered users from the ProAccess SPACE management software to the mSVN app. The NFC phone then serves as the update point just as an online reader usually would.

What’s next?

If you would like to know more about this exciting way to manage access control please contact your account manager who will be happy to discuss your options. Please call 0113 273 0300 or visit our website to learn more – click here (https://www.ait.co.uk/access-control/justin-smartphone-access-control)