Now this is what I am talking about when it comes to NFC being a game changer. Many people are familiar with HID and their proximity keycards. Many buildings and offices use their badges or dongles to tap a sensor and open doors and HID is one of the most common. Until now people have been sticking the HID cards to the back of their BlackBerrys or under the battery door to combine the two. Now NFC enabled BlackBerrys including the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 and Curve 9350/9360 will be able to do this with NFC. Talk about a cool use of NFC.
HID announced that they worked together with RIM to make this happen and it should be available in early 2012. Here is what they have to say about it from the press release:
Instead of using keys or smartcards, BlackBerry smartphone users will be able to use iCLASS digital credentials that can be presented for authentication by simply holding their NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphone in front of a reader, just like they do today with a physical iCLASS smartcard.
“NFC technology will enable many new and exciting capabilities for BlackBerry smartphones and we are very pleased to be working with HID Global to be the first to bring a host of secure identity and mobile access control capabilities to NFC-enabled smartphones,” said Andrew Bocking, vice president, Handheld Software Product Management at RIM.