"Dude, that's so cool! Can I get a phone to do that?"


This quote from a student participating in HID Global’s mobile access pilot at Arizona State University (ASU), the main topic of our strategy briefing and panel discussion at this year’s ASIS International, pretty much sums up the sentiment and excitement around our new iCLASS SE access control platform showcased at the event.

ASIS 2011 definitely marked the beginning of a new way of thinking about secure identity, with mobile access using Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled mobile phones and other devices at the forefront of all the attention and interest from customers and members of the media who visited our booth and attended our strategy briefing. 

With our iCLASS SE access control platform that enables mobile access sweeping up an ASIS Accolades award for innovation, exciting announcements around HID Global’s new partnership with Research In Motion (makers of the BlackBerry) and our NFC mobile access pilot with ASU, it was indeed a busy and exciting show!

More information on NFC mobile access has been in high demand, and HID Global president and CEO Denis Hébert lead this year’s strategy briefing discussion by highlighting key future trends with a focus on mobility.  During the panel discussion portion of the briefing, the attendees went on to learn from key players in the NFC ecosystem the end-user perspective on iCLASS Secure Identity Object-Enabled (iCLASS SE) technology and how it is tapping into the full potential of NFC.

On the panel with Research In Motion, Verizon and HID Global, Laura Ploughe from ASU explained that she immediately saw an opportunity to bring NFC mobile access to life with the introduction of HID Global’s Secure Identity Object technology:

“When I saw that HID Global was embedding Secure Identity Objects into mobile devices, I wanted to know where we can go with this technology at Arizona State University. The viability of having the ASU student body using their phone constantly for everything from door access to payment is something ASU sees as the future for the next generation.” 

And bring mobile access to life ASU did: In essence, HID Global’s pilot project involves a group of ASU students and staff that are accessing a campus residence hall and selected residents’ rooms using HID Global’s iCLASS SE credentials that are embedded into a variety of popular smartphones and connected to major mobile networks. To open door locks, participants present their NFC-enabled smartphones with iCLASS SE technology to a door reader just like they do with their existing Sun Cards.

“Great, I never have to pull out my Sun Card ever again because my phone is always in my hand,” one student summed up after using the NFC smartphone for physical access. 

As Denis highlighted during the briefing, statistics show that it takes six minutes to realize you lost your phone and as long as 24 hours to realize you lost your keys. A small but significant nugget of data that carries a lot of weight as we move into the age of carrying our identity on our mobile phones for access control and other applications.  One of the student participants said it best:

“People are always on their phones. People forget their keys from time to time but no matter what, people have their phones out texting and going online.”

There are loads of interesting details in the ASU pilot video and HID Global panel discussion video for those who want to learn more, and I’d like to say “thank you” to all who stopped by our ASIS booth and attended the strategy briefing this year.  Stay tuned for more exciting innovations from HID Global.