CARMEL, IN, March 15, 2011– Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, a leading global provider of security and safety solutions and manufacturer of contactless smart credentials and readers, introduced its new aptiQmobile™ web-based key management system. The system will send access control credentials over the air to Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled smartphones, allowing people to use their phones to enter buildings in place of their smart-card ID badges.
“Many smartphones currently on the market are already NFC-enabled with more models being launched every month,” emphasizes Jeremy Earles, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies product marketing manager, readers and credentials. “NFC-enabled phones can send encrypted data a short distance to a NFC-enabled reader located, for instance, next to a retail cash register or a door lock.
“To turn these smartphones into an access control credential, you simply download the aptiQmobile app to your smart phone and use it to retrieve your secure mobile key that was set up by your access control site administrator,” explains Earles. “Once your mobile key is downloaded, open the app and tap it to the reader just like using a smart card. It’s very secure and extremely easy to use.”
Research shows that nearly two-thirds of college students are interested in using their mobile phones in place of their ID card and aptiQmobile brings the industry one step closer to that reality. Ingersoll Rand is currently conducting aptiQmobile pilot trials across the country to issue credentials over the air to phones and using those phones in day-to-day access control scenarios. The aptiQmobile management system will become commercially available later this year as NFC-enabled smartphones become more widely available.
At the ISC West Exposition, to be held in Las Vegas March 28-30, attendees visiting the Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies booth 16053 will see a smartphone with the aptiQmobile app being used just like a smart card (or proximity card) to open a locked door. They will also learn about a successful pilot program using aptiQmobile at a major East Coast university.
About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments in commercial, residential and industrial markets. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies’ market-leading products include electronic and biometric access control systems; time-and-attendance and personnel scheduling systems; mechanical locks; portable security; door closers, exit devices, architectural hardware, and steel doors and frames; and other technologies and services for global security markets. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to sustainable business practices within our company and for our customers. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com or www.securitytechnologies.ingersollrand.com.