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Assa Abloy Debuts Mobile Access at Starwood Chain

Assa Abloy Mobile Access for Hospitality went live for the first time last week when Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., introduced SPG Keyless, a keyless entry system allowing Starwood Preferred Guest members to use their smartphone as a key. Rolling out to Aloft, Element, and W Hotels across the globe, SPG Keyless makes its official debut in 10 hotels in markets including Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, and Doha.

Allegion To Feature New ENGAGE Technology-Enabled Schlage Wireless Electronic Locks At ASHE

Lets Healthcare Organizations Easily Migrate from Mechanical Locks to Electronic Access Control. Allegion plc (NYSE: ALLE), a leading global provider of security products and solutions, will show ASHE Annual exhibition attendees how easily they can migrate from mechanical locks to electronic access control to secure more openings at a lower cost than other electronic locks […]

Will Bluetooth Kill The NFC Chip?

Some call it a more secure, easier to work with communication protocol Near field communication has been an “emerging” technology for half a decade. During that time, it has jumped the initial hurdle being deployed in handsets worldwide. But there are still obstacles to conquer if NFC is to truly go mainstream. Some are tired […]

Near Field Communication Market Worth $16.25 Billion By 2022

According to a new market research report "Near Field Communication (NFC) Market by Product (IC/Chips, Tags, Readers, and Auxiliary), Application (Payment, Transportation, Booking, Data Sharing, Service, Access Control, Health Care, and Tag applications) & by Geography – Global Forecasts to 2022", published by MarketsandMarkets, the total NFC Market is expected to reach $16.25 Billion by […]

BadgePass Launching aptiQmobile™ Web-Based Credential Management System

Allegion PLC (NYSE: ALLE), a leading global provider of security products and solutions, today announced that BadgePass is the first member of its aptiQ™ Developer Network to be fully integrated with aptiQmobile and able to take orders today. Instead of using the aptiQmobile online portal and then programming the credential information into their own access […]

TDSi Directors Highlight Security And Access Control Trends For 2014

Published on 31 Jan, 2014 Last year saw a big rise in integrated systems in the security sector and 2014 looks set to follow this pattern with a number of technologies and trends coming to the fore With the integration of different security, IT and building services, 2014 looks to be a year of evolution rather than revolution Access Control continues to innovate by embracing new technology in 2014 – by John Davies, Managing Director & Mike Sussman, Engineering and Operations Director at TDSi . Last year saw a big rise in integrated systems in the security sector and 2014 looks set to follow this pattern with a number of technologies and trends coming to the fore. With Integration of different security, IT and building’s services coming together, 2014 looks set to be a year of evolution rather than revolution – which from a business point of view ideally places the industry in a strong position to maintain growth. Near Field Communications (NFC) A technology that has been promising to do big things for some time is Near Field Communications (NFC). Whilst the technology for it has been available for some time, NFC’s success will be determined by the tipping point from the number of enabled mobile devices and the public’s willingness to use them to gain secure access to secure doorways. However the use of NFC has also been spurred on by a number of new compatible stand-alone locks which are especially well suited to access control using […]

NFC-Enabled Multi-Function Payment Card Debuts In Sri Lanka

Home / MAIN IMAGE / NFC-enabled multi-function payment card debuts in Sri Lanka Groundbreaking initiative spearheaded by HNB with Visa, Airtel and market leader in NFC-enabled payment card technologies Sony Felica  By Shabiya Ali Ahlam Sri Lanka yesterday saw the debut of its first-ever Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled multifunction payment card via a groundbreaking initiative by HNB with Visa, Airtel and two other leading partners. Branded HNB One, and approved by the Central Bank, the product is a Visa Debit Card upgraded to have a prepaid component. As the unique feature makes it a ‘combo’ card, the objective of HNB One is to facilitate speed in transactions. While the debit card feature will function in the regular manner, the NFC-enabled prepaid component will allow transactions to be simple and quick with its ‘tap and go’ functionality. The multiple applications include toll payments in the transport industry, drive-through areas of fast food outlets and fuel stations, to name a few. Aimed at enhancing customer convenience, the solution is powered by Sony Felica, the market leader in NFC-enabled payment card technologies, and Smart Metro, which is providing the NFC-enabled terminals. The solution was unveiled to the media yesterday at a conference attended by HNB Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Alles, Bharti Airtel Lanka CEO Suren Goonewardene and Smart Metro Director Chandana Wijesooriya. In addition to providing access to HNB savings and current accounts, customers can also access their prepaid account with HNB One, where fund transfers can be made between accounts through HNB’s extensive ATM and […]

Zwipe Offers Fingerprint-Authenticated RFID Access-Control Card

Norwegian startup Zwipe is marketing a new passive Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID access-control card that incorporates a fingerprint scanner to authenticate an individual before the card responds to an RFID reader. Initially, the company has signed contracts with two access-control technology distributors—one in the United States and the other in Europe—both of which have asked to remain unnamed. Commercial release of the card, known as Zwipe Access, follows two pilots in Oslo—one conducted at Telemark University College (TUC), and the other at law firm Simonsen Vogt Wiig —says Kim Kristian Humborstad, Zwipe’s CEO and cofounder. The card is also being tested by several other small Norwegian companies, he says. At Simonsen Vogt Wiig, the Zwipe technology is being used by the law firm’s Stanley Security Solutions NFC-based access-control system. At TUC, as well as for several other pilots, Zwipe is providing a Salto Systems X4 door controller with a built-in RFID reader that supports cards made with NXP Semiconductors ‘ Mifare DESFire EV1 chip. Zwipe Access was first conceived by Humborstad and a fellow student at TUC’s school of innovation and entrepreneurship, Humborstad explains. Initially, he says, the team was focused on creating secure identification solutions that could authenticate an individual without intruding upon the user’s privacy. They were interested in how technology could be employed at grocery or convenience stores, for example, to prove a customer buying liquor or other controlled products was who he said he was. Eventually, Humborstad reports, they found a market for improved […]

Zwipe Raises $3.5M In Series A Funding

Zwipe , an Oslo, Norway-based global provider of biometric identity protection solutions, raised an additional $3.5m in Series A funding . Of the $3.5m, $2.5m was invested through a private placement, and the remaining $1m was a grant given by the Government of Norway. The company intends to use the funds to both expand the sales organization for the access control market, as well increase investment in technology development and application. Led by Kim Kristian Humborstad, CEO, Zwipe recently launched the Zwipe Access biometric card, which is based on a NFC (Near Field Communication) platform which users can use to authenticate themselves through pin code and fingerprint. It has no external database containing sensitive information as the fingerprint data is only stored inside the Zwipe card. The company has also added industry veteran Clas Thelin as new Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zwipe. FinSMEs 11/12/2013 Government of Norway Zwipe

The Future Of Electronic Access Control: Two Perspectives

As part of our continuing coverage of the future of access control, Ledger technical editor Jerry Levine asked both a representative from an electronic access control company and an experienced locksmith to share their perspectives on the future of electronic access control (EAC). Following are the Ledger’s questions and answers from Bruce Lindstrom, Northeast regional sales manager for Salto Systems, and Glenn Younger, co-owner of Grah Safe and Lock.   Q & A: Bruce Lindstrom What do you see as the future of electronic access control? Please discuss new products, credentials and software. Salto will continue to develop new locking devices to help reduce the number of mechanical keys required in a facility so that everyone uses their credential instead of metal keys. Salto has released a number of new products, which utilize a low- cost electronic cylinder for use in mortise and rim cylinders and electronic padlocks. Recent releases include a wireless cylinder, a rack server handle and an electronic cam lock. Electronic locks have been released for securing many smaller cabinets and lockers. For new credentials, the obvious pick here is the expansion of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology into the U.S. market. This Smartphone technology has been utilized in Europe and the Pacific Rim where Salto has been shipping NFC-capable locks for over half a dozen years. Here in the United States, it means your Smartphones with enabled NFC will replace credentials and credit cards. This is a technology shift. After all, who leaves home without […]

Near Field Communication Forum Announces Paula Hunter As New Executive Director

The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced that Paula Hunter has been named the organization’s new Executive Director. Elected by a vote of the NFC Forum Board of Directors, Hunter comes to the NFC Forum with more than 18 years of leadership experience […]