ASIS 2012: Opening doors with your phone is more than just hype...


In addition to being able to get an amazing Philly cheese steak at ASIS International 2012 in Philadelphia, this year it became more apparent than ever that smartphones with NFC capabilities are definitely on their way to changing the future of access control.

But before telling you about HID Global's ASIS end user panel that featured the industry's first enterprise pilots of NFC mobile access being lead by some the most innovative companies, let me step back to say that from the moment the tradeshow floor opened, our booth was also swarming with excitement and interest around our new products and services related to mobile access that launched at the show.

First, there was the new HID Secure Identity Services for credential provisioning and management in the cloud or over-the-air, from traditional card badges to NFC-enabled smartphones, that provides a 'one-stop shop' for creating, using and managing identities. Starting with the first commercial availability of BlackBerry smartphones that open doors in the enterprise, our expanded mobile credential provisioning and management offering proved to be particularly interesting to customers and partners visiting the booth whose main questions where around how to get up to speed on using the HID Secure Identity Services portal.

But then our new iCLASS Seos credential for increased security, privacy and portability (the latest addition to our seven-time award-winning iCLASS SE platform) stole the spotlight by winning this year's ASIS Accolades - Security's Best Award for its breakthrough, state-of-the-art credential innovation that delivers the highest levels of security and privacy while being portable to NFC smartphones.

At the same time we were on stage accepting the Accolades award, our president and CEO Denis Hébert was hosting an ASIS panel discussion for end users to hear first-hand about how Equifax, Good Technology and Netflix are working with us on their product plans, pilots and deployments of HID Global's mobile access control solutions.

Panel attendees were able to learn about turning smartphones into secure credentials, real deployments and the lessons learned directly from these leading companies, and how mobile access control is transforming the enterprise by enabling smartphones to open doors and access computer networks. It was a great event because the panelists also discussed their deployment challenges and successful results, providing attendees a total picture of what it takes to implement a mobile access control system and its benefits to the enterprise.

There's much more to share regarding our ASIS end user panel this year, so make sure to stay tuned for further details that are coming soon.

In the meantime, I would like to thank everyone who attended ASIS. Our events are only as successful for HID Global as the number of customers and partners we have the opportunity to spend time with to understand how our products, solutions and services are helping your organizations...and what we can do to continually enhance your experience.

I look forward to seeing you at the next show.