While Apple (s aapl) passed on integrating near field communication (NFC) into the iPhone 5, a couple of Silicon Valley neighbors have been testing the short-range wireless technology for building access to see how workers can one day use their smartphone as keys.
Netflix (s nflx) and Good Technology recently completed two pilot programs with security specialist HID Global, in what HID calls the first enterprise test of NFC for building access in Silicon Valley. Under the pilot programs, which began in early August, about a dozen employees at both companies were outfitted with Samsung Galaxy S III smartphones, which were equipped with a microSD card with an NFC chip. Using the HID’s digital keys on the phone, users could open doors by tapping their phones on iClass SE readers from HID.
Netflix used NFC-equipped phones to replicate its proximity keyfobs, which its employees use for building access. The company was…
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