Smartphone, a Smarter Door Access Credential for Smart Community
Smartphone, a Smarter Credential for Building Access Management
Combination of Bluetooth Low Energy BLE controller, TimeTec BLE-5 and TimeTec Access App presents building management with a smarter credential for access solution. TimeTec Access promotes the use of smartphone credential to access doors, barriers, gates, and elevator/lift, instead of using physical cards, keys and passwords.
The Existing Access Credential vs. Smartphone Credential
Password
Main Problem
a. Shareable because it can be remembered and written down, and if this happens in access control, the control is lost.
Smartphone
a.Nobody shares their smartphone, especially when it can be used to access a building space because the information trail can be audited.
RFID Card
Main Problem
a. Majority of users hesitate to carry their cards and prefer password as practicality goes.
b. Frequent card lost and the cost of producing the cards.
c. Illegal card duplication is rampant
Smartphone
a. Everybody carries their smartphone everywhere.
b. Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) concept; reducing cost/burden for the management.
c. Smartphone credential doesn't permit duplication of credential.
Biometrics
Main Problem
a. Increased administrative work, i.e. enroll biometrics credential for each user.
b. Resistance could be high amongst users due to privacy issue.
b. High maintenance for biometrics enrolment and deregistration while moving in and out of the premises.
Smartphone
a. Registration of users' smartphones is easy.
b. BYOD concept allows for voluntary deployment.
b. Maintenance is centralized, minimal and uncomplicated deregistration.
Other Advantages
Users can access their own activities' history.
Low investment for TimeTec BLE-5 Smart Access solution.
The system is easily maintained.
Can integrate with smart community platform for a single App that does it all.
No vandalism will occur as TimeTec BLE-5 can be installed in a concealed place, i.e. above ceiling or inside enclosure.
4 unlocking methods that bring further convenience.
Let's find out the common concerns in deploying TimeTec BLE-5.
1. There are users who don't own a smartphone or cannot bring a smartphone to work such as, the kitchen crew, the factory workers and etc. How would the system handle these groups?
Don't worry. Issuance of key fob for those who do not own a smartphone is available. A key fob is basically a remote control button that acts like a card credential to unlock the doors.
2. Would it be a problem if there is no network coverage within the vicinity?
Not at all because TimeTec BLE-5 Smart Access offers Offline Mode access so long as the Bluetooth connection is turned on.
3. Would I be denied access if my smartphone ran out of battery or I lost my smartphone?
Yes. This is a security concern and you wouldn’t want a person without a legit credential to enter into your premises. Treat this incident like how you would normally if you lost your keys or access cards. If you have a colleague who can help you out, they might be able to help you with your access before you can settle your smartphone problem.