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Nok Nok Labs, an authentication product company and a founding member of the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, has announced a partnership with New Zealand-based Gallagher, the access security product manufacturer. The two companies will bring to market a new platform that provides an open standards-based approach for the authentication of IoT systems using mobile devices.

The firms say this addresses common challenges faced by facilities managers, so only authorised users can access secure facilities and reducing cardholder management costs; access using a mobile phone eliminates the need for physical access cards and removes the administration involved in assigning temporary cards to employees who have forgotten or misplaced theirs.

To use the new Gallagher platform enabled by Nok Nok Labs, a user needs to be registered and can then securely access the FIDO-enabled app on their mobile device to unlock the door to the secured facility. Phillip Dunkelberger, President and CEO of Nok Nok Labs said: “IoT systems that can be accessed not just by devices but, also by individuals, need strong authentication. The combination of Gallagher’s high performance access control devices with the Nok Nok S3 Authentication Suite provides organizations with the usability and security they need to deploy an easy-to-use mobile authentication solution.”

Gallagher access control devices will now support the FIDO Universal Authentication Framework (UAF) protocol. The FIDO Certified Nok Nok S3 Authentication Suite will be integrated with Gallagher Command Centre; that includes credentials, readers and intermediate controllers. Customers will be able to use cloud registration for FIDO enablement that overlays multiple Gallagher Command Centres.

Steve Bell, Chief Technology Officer at Gallagher said: “Gallagher customers require powerful access control solutions. We’ve developed this strategic partnership with Nok Nok Labs because of their deep roots in the authentication landscape and their first-to-market FIDO-based solution.”

The new Nok Nok Labs-Gallagher platform will be available later this year, after the October release of Gallagher Command Centre version 7.60. The platform will roll-out progressively in regions including North America, Europe, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand. Visit security.gallagher.com.


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