Arizona State University Wins Inaugural NACCU Award for Mobile Access Control Pilot It Conducted with HID Global

IRVINE, Calif., June 5, 2012HID Global, trusted leader in solutions for the delivery of secure identity, today announced that the company’s mobile access control pilot with Arizona State University (ASU) has been recognized by the National Association of Campus Card Users (NACCU) with the organization’s inaugural Innovative Technology Award.  The award was given to ASU in recognition of the pilot program’s ground-breaking work in validating the use of digital credentials on NFC smartphones for physical access control on a college campus.

“We are honored that NACCU has recognized this pilot program, which is an important step toward global deployment of mobile access control technology beyond cashless payment applications,” said Debra Spitler, vice president of mobile access solutions with HID Global.  "The pilot results clearly demonstrated the benefits of opening doors using  HID’s digital credentials that have been securely embedded into NFC smartphones, and we appreciate all of the valuable help from ASU and pilot partners ASSA ABLOY Americas, Device Fidelity, Research in Motion and Verizon Wireless."

To conduct the pilot, which was completed during the summer of 2011, a group of ASU staff and students were given NFC smartphones containing HID Global’s Secure Identity Object™ (SIO) technology, a key feature of the company’s iCLASS SE® credential and reader platform.  SIO technology protects the integrity of identities while enabling the use of multiple form factors ranging from smartphones to microprocessor-based cards, contactless smart cards and other devices. SIOs on the credential side and the SIO Processor™ on the reader side work together to execute functions previously performed by traditional cards and readers, using a standards-based, technology-independent and flexible identity data structure that significantly enhances security, portability and performance.

ASU pilot participants gained access to their residence hall and selected rooms by presenting the phones to their door readers, just like they do with their existing iCLASS®-based physical campus ID cards. Participants used a variety of popular smartphones connected to all major mobile networks. Feedback from pilot participants cemented ASU’s vision of a future where virtual identities can be created for each registering student and then delivered to them via a mobile application.   Approximately 80 percent of participants said using a smartphone to unlock a door is just as convenient as using campus ID cards, and nearly 90 percent said they would like to open all doors on campus using their smartphones.

“This pilot proved the viability of the NFC-based mobile access model using secure portable credentials and the next generation of advanced access control systems, and also confirmed the high value that staff and students place on using their phones for more and more applications, including opening doors throughout the campus,” said Laura Ploughe, director of business applications and fiscal control, University Business Services, at Arizona State University.  “We are very pleased with the results, and gratified to have received this recognition from NACCU.”

View the Arizona State University case study video that provides a first-hand look into the pilot and includes commentary from many of the partner participants, or download the case study for detailed information.

Sponsored by ITC Systems, the NACCU Innovative Technology Award is presented to an institution that has introduced a unique technology-based solution to a problem or opportunity.  The Awards Committee chooses recipients based on the challenge and/or opportunity, the steps taken to determine a solution, and an evaluation of the measureable results of the solution.  Dan Bodalai from ITC Systems presented this year’s award to ASU’s Laura Ploughe during the 19th Annual NACCU Conference in Seattle.

About HID Global Mobile Access Control
HID Global’s mobile access control offering is an extension of the company’s Genuine HID™ value proposition.  It is based on the company’s next-generation Secure Identity Object (SIO™) technology, which is a key feature of HID Global’s iCLASS SE access control solutions and operates within the company’s Trusted Identity Platform (TIP).  Within the TIP boundary, organizations can issue SIO-based credentials to Near Field Communications (NFC) mobile devices over the air using a convenient, cloud-based provisioning model.  Combined with the proven reliability of smartphone subscriber identity module (SIM) technology, TIP creates an extremely secure and easy-to-manage mobile identity environment.  With this model, two-factor authentication can be dynamically turned on when intelligence leads to an elevated threat level, new applications can easily be pushed to the phone, and multi-factor authentication becomes a contextual, real-time managed service.

As the only association serving the national and international campus card transaction industry, the National Association of Campus Card Users (NACCU) is the one source dedicated to high-quality educational programs, resources, services and tools. NACCU offers members infinite advantages in networking, developing partnerships, leveraging technology, problem solving, insight sharing and professional development.

NACCU membership is open to all colleges, universities, secondary institutions and companies that are involved with the campus card market. The association offers a monthly newsletter (CARDtalk), listserv, website, an annual conference and regional workshops on topics related to campus cards. Learn more at

About HID Global
HID Global is the trusted source for secure identity solutions for millions of customers around the world. Recognized for robust quality, innovative designs and industry leadership, HID Global is the supplier of choice for OEMs, system integrators and application developers serving a variety of markets. These markets include physical and logical access control, including strong authentication and credential management; card printing and personalization; visitor management systems; highly secure government and citizen ID; and identification RFID technologies used in animal ID and industry and logistics applications. The company’s primary brands include ActivIdentity®, EasyLobby®, FARGO®, LaserCard® and HID®. Headquartered in Irvine, California, HID Global has over 2,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit

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