BlackBerry to use key technology
BlackBerry users could soon be able to swipe their phones in front of a door's card reader to gain access to a building, as Research In Motion intend to incorporate Near Field Communication (NFC) door-access technology into its upcoming models.
BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 and BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360 smartphones will be the first RIM devices to include the NFC technology. In conjunction with Assa Abloy, a leader in lock hardware and digital mobile key technology, the BlackBerry maker includes the key-card technology in the next-generation models that are to be launched in early 2012.
According to Daniel Berg, head of Assa Abloy's mobile keys division, the phones will work with existing door-opening systems and will be able to replace access cards at offices. It can also be used to open home or garage doors. Users can also set a PIN on their smartphones for security from intruders. It is expected that mobile payments and time reports will be gradually included using the NFC technology.