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January 8, 2024


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The evolution of mobile credentialing to mobile access solutions

Mobile credentials comprised over 18% of access control credentials issued in 2023. And global market demand for mobile credentials is expected to grow at rates four times faster than demand for access control hardware over the next three years. 

That’s according to a recently published Omdia report: 2024 Trends to Watch: Physical Security and Critical Communications.

The report states that:

Mobile credentials are alternatives to physical cards that store credentialing data on a prospective entrant’s smartphone application. The credential interacts with a compatible reader and transmits data required to authenticate a person’s identity. Mobile credentials offer building occupants greater flexibility because entrants only need to possess their smartphone to enter any number of compatible facilities. Most mobile capable readers can accurately interpret transmitted data from moving smartphones, meaning that entrants can simply walk through designated
entryways with their phones stored in their pockets and have their identities authenticated in real-time. The use of mobile credentials also offers substantial benefits to building owners, such as lowered credential management costs and increased access to real-time occupancy data from entrants’ phones.

Access control vendors have cited mobile credentials as the dominant technological trend in access control. According to IFSEC Insider’s Wireless Access Control Report, 29% of surveyed end users in 2023 reported mobile credential compatibility with their physical access control systems, a near tenfold rise from their 2021 survey.

For the full chapter on mobile access solutions, get Omdia’s full report for free here.

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