Access control in Switzerland through NFC


Through a cooperation between Swisscom, LEGIC and Kaba, it is hoped that it will soon be possible in Switzerland to safely and easily integrate time and attendance recording and access control into daily business processes using Near Field Communication.

Swisscom, the biggest Swiss mobile service provider, say they are working hard to develop a platform for NFC services of different card issuers under the name “Tapit” (no connection to the other company that is involved in delivering NFC-based platforms). Tapit, says Swisscom, represents an entire ecosystem for contactless applications and it is intended to be able to be used for making both payments using the mobile phone as well as for the access to buildings. Swisscom is already testing this kind of access control in its own buildings and Tapit is supposed to be launched in 2014.

In addition, the company LEGIC Identsystems Ltd is introducing its new service “IDConnect” onto the market which makes it possible to realise applications such as access control, ticketing or office automation on a smartphone with an installed Tapit application. Kaba is the first company to integrate such solution for access control and time and attendance recording into its system, meaning that employees from companies using Kaba solutions no longer require their corporate ID badge, instead using their smartphone to gain access to the building. The system is open for other application developers that will gradually be connected.

Swisscom and LEGIC are currently working together in order to create a mobile ecosystem for the Swiss ID market. The result of this cooperation, say Legic, should be that classic ID functions such as access control, time and attendance recording or vending will be provided with a safe and easy access to the NFC world. Jürgen Galler, Head of Group Strategy & Innovation at Swisscom, is convinced of the partnership, “We are very happy that LEGIC will expand our Tapit application by adding the access control function.” LEGIC wants to win over other mobile service providers for the solution on an international level. Klaus U. Klosa, Managing Director of LEGIC, explains: “What we are making possible here in Switzerland for the first time thanks to our cooperation with Swisscom, we want to gradually introduce in other countries as well.”

Kaba is the first company worldwide to connect its time & attendance recording and access control solutions to IDConnect by LEGIC. As a result, Kaba customers will have the choice to decide whether they would rather use their NFC smartphone or their previous contactless smartcard in order to open a door or to record their working time. Existing Kaba exos access control systems can simply be updated for this purpose. CEO of Kaba, Riet Cadonau said, “We have managed to simplify a complex application in daily use by our customers by connecting our systems via LEGIC IDConnect with NFC-capable smartphones.” Kaba Mobile Access Solution offers a state-of-the-art technology to securely issue, revoke and update digital credentials on mobile phones equipped with NFC. This kind of access medium works with all electronic Kaba products that are based on RFID, e.g. access to hotel rooms, apartments and houses, to secured areas such as laboratories and server rooms in universities and to other protected installations such as office buildings and remote infrastructure facilities.

The new trusted service IDConnect by LEGIC allows application servers to simply and easily install all applications of a contactless card onto a NFC-capable telephone. The authentication, data processing and communication between the back-end system and the network operator is ensured by IDConnect. The advant on mobile applet by LEGIC is installed on the secure element of the smartphone for this purpose – the SIM card. LEGIC therefore takes over the role of a Service Provider Trusted Service Manager (SP TSM) that is connected to the Root TSM of Swisscom. Today, LEGIC cooperates with more than 250 partners who are running countless applications in over 100,000 installations. With IDConnect, soon all LEGIC license partners will have the possibility to use NFC smartphones.


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