Idesco mobile access wins 2020 innovation award

Helsinki, Finland

Idesco has won the Innovation Award 2020 in the Finnish Security Awards for the company's new mobile access solution: Idesco Mobile Lite, which allows users enter locked doors using credentials stored in their phones.

Traditional RFID access control systems allow secure access only to users carrying, for example, an authorised card or tag. By contrast, Idesco Mobile Lite offers a more convenient, yet equally secure alternative to cards. “Idesco Mobile Lite is a simple, user-friendly innovation for making both access and access control management easier”, said Turvallisuus-lehti’s Editor-in-Chief, Timo Lahtinen, award jury member.

When the Idesco Mobile Lite app is downloaded, it embeds a unique device ID in the phone. After that the ID is enrolled in a system equipped with mobile-compatible Idesco readers, and the user may enter merely by carrying their phone. Idesco’s RFID readers, installed at doors, verify the phone’s device ID using an encrypted Bluetooth connection. Enhance security can be achieved at specified doors by requiring users interact with their phone or even fulfill its own security unlock protocol, e.g. pin-code, fingerprint, pattern, etc.

Idesco Mobile Lite also differs from other mobile access control applications in its convenience. New users do not have to register personal details to a cloud service. The phone’s device ID is ready to use instantly after enrollment – no e-mail confirmations, online accounts or password management. Specific readers can be configured to let users access by simply detecting the phone in their pocket. This is more than merely convenient. It is also a uniquely hygienic, hands-free way to authenticate health care personnel transiting secured zones in hospitals – without their ever needing to touch an automatic door trigger.

Idesco Mobile Lite’s user-friendliness also makes it ideal for providing temporary access rights. Hotel guests downloading the app before they arrive at the hotel can then enroll at reception, embedding room access rights in their phones that last only for the duration of their visit. Best of all, Idesco’s mobile-compatible readers readily integrate into existing Mifare systems, able to read traditional Desfire cards, where preferred.


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