Bluetooth access control
August 23, 2019 By SP&T News staff
Touch io from ProdataKey is a new Bluetooth reader and credentialing option for smartphones designed for use with the company’s cloud-based access control solution, pdk io. Touch io does not require the user to unlock the phone, or to even remove it from pocket or purse, in order to gain access through a protected door. The individual’s identity is validated through communication directly between his or her credentialed device and the reader, via Bluetooth, bypassing the need for internet or cellular connectivity. This can occur from distances as far as 30 feet away, as defined by the customer. By the time the user reaches the door and indicates an intent to enter, by simply touching or tapping a hand to the reader, door activation is immediate. A combination of machine-learning algorithms that learn door opening patterns, combined with directional antennae placed on each side of controlled doorways, ensure that credentials are not inadvertently validated when employees pass in proximity to the doors from the unlocked side. The touch io reader is compatible with legacy systems, capable of reading traditional proximity cards.
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