Credential. This is a common term used in access control. It can be a card, a key fob, a finger, or any number of things. Basically, it is just a way of saying “this person has permission to open this door”. Cards and key fobs can easily be lost; and a finger can be difficult to enroll. However, all of these problems may become a thing of the past.
Near field communication (NFC), a set of short-range wireless technologies used in close proximity between electronic devices—think pass pay for your credit card—will be used with smart phones to hold data enabling the phone to become a convergence platform as a credential. No more lost cards. No more extensive enrolling for biometrics.
By permitting Common Access Cards (CAC) and Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards to be carried on mobile devices, an organization will now be able to issue credentials over the air. Access will be granted and changed seamlessly through cloud technology. Now if we could just guarantee people won’t lose their phones!
If you have any access control needs, or if we can expand upon the concept of NFC, please give us a call at 816-842-3700.