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Using an NFC-equipped mobile phone as a token in physical access control

Bolhuis, M (2014) Using an NFC-equipped mobile phone as a token in physical access control.

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Abstract:Near Field Communication (NFC) is a technology that enables near-range radio communication (up to 10cm) between two parties. Physical access control can be defined as a mechanism to restrict access to a physical resource, e.g. building, room, parking garage, to a selected number of people. As many mobile phones today are equipped with NFC, this device has the potential to be used as a token in physical access control. The NFC technology has been available in mobile phones for about 7 years. However, few NFC services have been deployed. An important reason for this is that the stakeholders in the NFC ecosystem (service providers and mobile network operators) have not been able to come up with a generally accepted business model. Recently introduced technologies such as host card emulation (HCE) and TrustZone-based secure credential storage provide a way to get around these restrictions but little research has been done into this. In this research it is investigated how a mobile phone can be used in physical access control. This involves solving security related challenges such as authentication and secure storage. Furthermore, the potential of recently introduced technologies is investigated. The studied technologies are translated into possible solutions one of which will be implemented and evaluated.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Nedap, Groenlo, Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Internet Science and Technology MSc (60032)
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