Secure Technology Alliance Resource Explores the Use of Mobile Devices for Physical Access Control

Secure Technology Alliance Resource Explores the Use of Mobile Devices for Physical Access Control

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., June 22, 2021 – The Secure Technology Alliance today announced a white paper discussing mobile devices as a replacement or supplement to traditional tokens for physical access. Today, access is granted with badges, RFID tags and other tokens, but mobile devices can support similar authentication along with hardware technologies that allow for increased security and communication. This resource covers mobile device features, benefits and applications in a wide range of common and unique physical access use cases.

The white paper, “Using Mobile Devices for Physical Access Control,” can be downloaded at

“The access control industry has been at the forefront in taking advantage of the robust security and communication features that mobile devices provide,” said Jason Bohrer, executive director of the Secure Technology Alliance, “With many benefits baked into smartphones, tablets and wearables, this white paper highlights the great potential available for physical access applications across the government, commercial, consumer and academic sectors.”

Mobile devices provide versatile credential hosting platforms that can be used in numerous physical access control use cases. These devices support secure credentials that can be resistant to cloning, forgery and alteration. In addition, they can provide high levels of assurance, due to the implementation of tamper-resistant hardware, and the use of strong, multifactor authentication.

Any organization, public or private, considering the use of mobile devices for physical access control can benefit from this resource, which provides:

  • Insight into market trends for using mobile devices for physical access
  • An exploration of the mobile device landscape
  • A deep dive on trust frameworks for credential issuance, lifecycle management and assurance
  • Possible use cases, including gated buildings and communities, entertainment venues, hotels and more
  • Information on mobile devices and relying party interfaces, as well as mobile device support for multifactor authentication

This white paper was developed by the Secure Technology Alliance Access Control Council and Identity Council. The Access Control Council focuses on accelerating the widespread acceptance, use and application of secure technologies in various physical and digital form factors for physical and logical access control as applicable to both persons and non-person entities. The Identity Council provides leadership and coordination and serves as the focal point for the Alliance‘s identity and identity-related efforts leveraging embedded chip technology and privacy- and security-enhancing software.

To participate in the creation and development of resources like “Using Mobile Devices for Physical Access Control,” and other Alliance activities, visit the Alliance website for information on membership. Membership and participation in Alliance activities enables organizations of all sizes, and their respective individual members, in all industries to not only be at the forefront of digital security, but to help shape it by sharing expertise, debating with industry thought leaders and influencing industry best practices.

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About the Secure Technology Alliance

The Secure Technology Alliance is the digital security industry’s premier association. The Alliance brings together leading providers and adopters of end-to-end security solutions designed to protect privacy and digital assets in payments, mobile, identity and access, healthcare, transportation and the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) markets.

The Alliance’s mission is to stimulate understanding, adoption and widespread application of connected digital solutions based on secure chip and other technologies and systems needed to protect data, enable secure authentication and facilitate commerce.

The Alliance is driven by its U.S.-focused member companies. They collaborate by sharing expertise and industry best practices through industry and technology councils, focused events, educational resources, industry outreach, advocacy, training and certification programs. Through participation in the breadth of Alliance activities, members strengthen personal and organizational networks and take away the insights to build the business strategies needed to commercialize secure products and services in this dynamic environment.

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