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Nok Nok Labs and Gallagher bringing FIDO-based authentication to IoT


Nok Nok Labs has announced a partnership with security and business risk management solutions provider Gallagher to bring to market a new platform that provides an open standards-based approach for the authentication of IoT systems using mobile devices.

According to a statement from the companies, the new Nok Nok Labs-Gallagher platform addresses common challenges faced by facilities managers, ensuring only authorized 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 simply and securely access the FIDO-enabled app on their mobile device to unlock the door to the secured facility. “IoT systems that can be accessed not just by devices but, also by individuals, need strong authentication,” said Phillip Dunkelberger, President & CEO of Nok Nok Labs. “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, an on-premise solution that includes credentials, readers and intermediate controllers. Customers will be able to use cloud registration for FIDO enablement that overlays multiple Gallagher Command Centres, increasing ease-of-use and site security.

“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,” said Steve Bell, Chief Technology Officer at Gallagher. “This state-of-the-art, standards-based platform will deliver a tremendous user experience.”

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

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