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HID Global, a pioneer in trusted identity solutions, announced that it is collaborating with VMware to drive mass adoption of cellphone access to digital and physical places by adding HID Cellphone Access for opening buildings and doors to VMware Workspace ONE, an intelligence-driven digital workspace platform for managing any app on any device.

The collaboration will make it possible for Workspace ONE users, for the first time, to more securely open doors with their smartphones as part of a unified cellphone experience that also enables them to access applications, computers, networks, data and cloud-based services. Workspace ONE is an industry leader in unified endpoint management (UEM) and the collaboration with HID will fuel even broader interest and uptake by enterprise organizations focused on blending physical and digital employee experiences with technology. 

Cloud-based access control platform

“Adding physical access control capabilities to Workspace ONE will bring a unique element to our customers’ digital transformation journeys as we take yet another step in redefining what it means to provide empowering digital employee experiences across any application on any device,” said Tony Kueh, Vice President of Product Management, End User Computing, VMware.

The platform streamlines mobile ID replenishment over the air when employees lose their smartphones 

HID cellphone credentials are delivered to Workspace ONE through the HID Origo cloud-based access control platform that provides a suite of integration, enablement and developer tools and services that simplify how HID partners and a growing community of new developers and resellers bring cellphone access control solutions to market. The platform also streamlines cellphone ID replenishment over the air when employees lose or must replace their smartphones and other cellphone devices.

Cybersecurity and physical security

“The collaboration between two of the leading companies in the fields of cyber security and physical security will help accelerate the use of converged physical and logical access control on cellphone devices,” said Hilding Arrehed, Vice President of Cloud Services, Physical Access Control, with HID Global. “The solution underscores HID’s and VMware’s shared commitment to bring to market one of the industry’s first unified access control solution for a user base of this size.”

VMware recently completed a pilot of their platform integration at VMware facilities using Bluetooth-enabled HID iCLASS SE readers and cellphone IDs. The HID Cellphone Access application programming interfaces (APIs) and software developer kits (SDKs) provided VMware with direct access to HID access control hardware, speeding integration and pilot execution.

Converged physical and logical access control

The incubation of this technology partnership has validated the benefits of converged physical and logical access control on cellphone devices including a more seamless, convenient and intuitive experience for users with improved security and administrative efficiency. Users accessed buildings, rooms and other spaces by tapping their cellphone device to a reader at the door, and also unlocked doors from a distance using “twist and go” cellphone gesture technology or by simply swiping to unlock their phones as they approached.

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