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Linear modernizes access control with BluePass smart credentials

Linear modernizes access control with BluePass smart credentials
Continuing its effort to significantly modernize access control, Nortek Security & Control (NSC) has announced it is now shipping the new Linear BluePass, a credential management ecosystem that combines smart device-based electronic credentials with the BluePass mobile credential management cloud and a multi-technology Bluetooth/125 kHz Proximity reader to make credentials more secure, easier to use, and easier to distribute than ever before.

"Today, multi-dwelling buildings and gated communities are looking to evolve their outdated and inflexible RFID card and key fob-based physical access control systems in favor of smartphone-based credentials," said NSC VP of Integrated Systems John LaFond. "The new Linear BluePass mobile credential ecosystem provides an easier-to-deploy and more secure approach to access credentials. Reverse-compatible with most 26 to 37-bit Wiegand-based access control systems, it saves costs and the significant time investment that typically prevents customers from upgrading their systems, while giving end-users a simple smart-phone based credential that eliminates the need to carry a fob or card.”

The BluePass ecosystem begins with NSC's patent-pending Credential-To-Go cards, representing a physical token that acts like a one-time-use mobile credential credit card. Each Credential-to-Go card unlocks between 5 and 100 mobile credentials in a dealer's BluePass cloud account. Dealers no longer need to wait up to three days for an OEM to activate credentials as with competitive systems. Using the BluePass Cloud Service, dealers and admins can quickly assign the credentials to users, who use it to activate the BluePass app on their smartphone. Once activated, the app communicates with the BluePass Multi-Tech Reader installed at the point of entry.

To simplify transitions from legacy card or fob systems, the BluePass Multi-Tech Reader is compatible with popular 26 to 37-bit 125kHz cards and fobs. It mounts easily in both single-gang and mullion-mount configurations.

New entry thingLinear BluePass significantly reduces the total cost of ownership for building owners. The BluePass solution provides for a lower cost of deployment, as an invitation is sent to the end-users' email to download the app and their credentials, saving shipping costs, handling and time compared to physical cards/fobs. BluePass enables faster credential additions, changes and revocations. Dealers can manage their customers' credentials or delegate authority to specific customers who wish to manage and issue their own purchased credentials.

End-users also benefit with an entirely new level of convenience. Their Bluetooth-enabled smartphone becomes a credential for their existing access control system. There is no need to carry a fob or card, no more worries about misplaced or lost fobs or cards.

"With multiple credential credits packaged in cards that are redeemable on the BluePass Cloud, distributors are now able to quickly support dealers with BLE credentials sales with each reader sold," LaFond emphasized. "Allowing distribution to easily stock and sell through just like a standard card or fob, BluePass takes electronic credentials 'mainstream,' allowing for widespread adoption of the technology."

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