TalTech staff cards and door cards are moving to smartphones
An innovative solution was created for TalTech centenary that allows the transfer of staff cards and access cards for passage to buildings into smartphones.
At the end of September, TalTech and Telia Estonia launched a joint pilot project, during which dozens of TalTech employees had an opportunity to start using a mobile solution instead of their physical staff card and doorcard. The plan is to offer the new solution to all TalTech employees soon.
"TalTech wishes to simplify the lives of its students and employees by innovative technology – in order to do that we have launched the TalTechDigital initiative. With the initiative, we have prototyped a mobile access card solution, which allows colleagues to easily open the auditorium or office door when a staff card has been accidentally left at home. For students, group work forms an important part of the study process - to facilitate this, we are preparing rooms equipped with technology for students to access safely and easily with a smart device. The mTasku access card would allow safe entrance into the study rooms even at weekends," explained Kristjan Kolde, TalTech IT Development Manager.
"TalTech values collaboration with private-sector top-experts, and mTasku development project is a good example of it. We are pleased that with our partners we could develop and pilot an innovative service that will be expanded to other educational institutions in the future," Kolde added.
"For years, we have been developing the mTasku mobile platform, which allows you to bring your different payment, customer and access cards into digital form and carry and use them conveniently on your smartphone. Together with TalTech, we launched a solution that will bring staff cards and door cards for the first time to mTasku. As a result, in the future TalTech employees will be able to present an electronic staff card accompanied by electronic access keys in their smartphones," said Tarmo Kärsna, Head of Telia Estonia Business Unit.
In the future, the solution can be used and offered to its clients by companies offering various electronic access solutions, companies that manage their own access systems, public authorities and private individuals for their home solutions.
The electronic transmission solution uses the new generation NFC SIM card together with its special application developed with the cooperation of the French company IDEMIA and Telia Estonia. It also allows the electronic access solution to work offline, which means that the solution also works in the absence of GSM or Wi-Fi reception. You do not have to open any applications in order to open doors, just wave a NFC-enabled phone near the door controller. Also, the access solution works when the phone's battery is empty or the phone is switched off.
At the moment, the Android phone owners will be able to use the solution, in the near future, the functionality will be also extended to the iPhone owners.
The new mTasku solution was born in the cooperation of TalTech, Telia Estonia, Datanor OÜ, Koolisüsteemide OÜ and non-profit organisation Federation of Estonian Student Unions. Koolisüsteemide OÜ and Federation of Estonian Student Unions are planning to take ISIC student cards and ITIC teacher cards to mTasku soon.
IDEMIA, Valnes AS, Multilink Group OÜ, Hardmeier OÜ and Ridango AS participated as partners in the development of the new electronic access control solution. The new mobile-based gateway security audit was performed by Clarified Security OÜ.
Together with Ridango, a company offering public transport solutions, Telia will continue to analyse and tests on how to take the Public Transport Card – Ühiskaart – to mTasku to further extend the use of convenient and secure mobile-based documents.