HID Global, makers of electronic locks for everything from server keyboards to student halls, has created an app that allows NFC-equipped BlackBerrys to be used instead of ID cards. The application will launch next year, but only runs on RIM's Bold 9900/9930 and Curve 9350/9360 handsets, as they have the necessary NFC hardware. …
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Cool, you could add the "something you have AND something you know" paradigm to opening a door by giving the app a mandatory password input when you open the door.
Well maybe not so cool for those people who come home staggering drunk...
Is that wise?
Picking a point possibly out of thin air here, but wouldn't that app be rather easy to redefine and have it cycle through possible codes and thus become a well-hidden, portable lock hack?
You know, like in films, where they run up to the door and the digits fly and *click* it opens.
Except now, Bond will run up to the door, hold up his Blackberry™...
This ain't the movies. The system would lock out completely for a period of time if this was tried.
Fail: get back in line please.
Lose your phone...
...and you lose your communications method, your contacts list, your wallet and your house keys all in one go.
Hmmm.... I don't think I'll be taking them up on this.