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Did you know that there are almost as many smartphone owners as there are people on the earth?

Posted by Ed Brown | November 04, 2016 | Facilities

Did you know that there are almost as many smartphone owners as there are people on the earth? The smartphone story is moving very fast but it’s not so much about a phone anymore but what we can get it to do for us!  

The reality is that the mobile phone or the smartphone has become an essential part of our everyday lives. It’s thought that people rarely leave their phones at home such is the importance to daily life, but what other uses do these devices have?

More than 100 billion mobile applications were downloaded in 2015 and it’s these ‘apps’ that help extend your phones capabilities beyond just making calls or receiving and sending texts. These ‘apps’ can make your smartphone into a games console, a wallet, a bank, a navigational aid, a music system and much more…  And with over 1.6 million apps available today the mobile phone world is only going to influence our lives more and more.

One of these developments is a smartphone based access control app called JustIN. This app can be used as a mobile key and identifier to gain access to various places such as entrances at work or school, college and university. In the future, we will see the decline of keys, cards and fobs that are easily lost, left at home or much worse… can fall into the wrong hands.

With the help of NFC (Near Field Communications) technology our phones can become personal identity keys which eliminates the role currently played by keys, ID cards and fobs.

Using JustIN mobile key you are able to gain access securely by simply waving your smartphone at an entrance to let yourself in… The JustIN mobile key uses the phones BLE (Bluetooth low energy) to allow doors to be opened. Combined with the JustIN mSVN (mobile SALTO virtual network) and the phones NFC (near field communication), the smartphone is an update terminal for credentials, offering you great flexibility whilst retaining security.

With smartphones set to become the keys of the future, access control systems will also need less hardware and hard-wiring which then allows you to have controlled access control in places that were physically not able to have this controlled access such as desk drawers, filing cabinets and small safe storage units. These areas could all benefit from what this technology offers.

Education is an important sector that could benefit from this technology by moving away from ID cards and the traditional lock and key, to NFC technology enables students to use their smartphones to get around campus and gain access to their accommodation. In addition, as most people use a passcode on their phones, security will be protected if a phone is lost. 

A students smartphone is one of their most prized possessions, meaning it is generally well taken care of, much more than a key or ID card, which they generally see as a dispensable and easily replaceable item. If a student were to lose his or her room key or ID card it could be easily used by someone else to gain access until the key is reported lost – and this can sometimes be too late. Add to that the cost and time involved in replacing lost, stolen or damaged keys and ID cards and restoring security to that room or building. All this is eliminated with JustIN, mobile key

So thanks to new smartphone access control technology, the days of repeating the phrase “keys, wallet/purse, phone” when leaving the house will become a thing of the past as all you will need is your smartphone!

AIT are a Certified SALTO partner, If you would to learn more about JustIN, smartphone based access control solution click here.  Alternatively contact our team on 0113 273 0300 or email solutions@ait.co.uk

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