Key-card technology in upcoming BlackBerry models
Working for a company that requires its employees to carry a key-card to access its doors might soon change for some BlackBerry users. In 2012 BlackBerry plans on incorporating the technology into its BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 and BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360 smartphones.
The head of Assa Abloy’s mobile keys division, Daniel Berg, said the phones will work with existing door-opening systems and will mainly replace access cards at offices, but can also be used to open home or garage doors.
There is also a possibility to develop the NFC technology in the phones so it can be used for time reports and payments, Berg said.
In some countries, the NFC technology already exists in cards that are used for payments or as tickets in subway systems. Berg said the technology built into the BlackBerries could also work for such applications in the future.