"We put up signs across the doorways [with the compatible readers] to talk about what this pilot was about and how it was being used. And because of that I continue to get email inquiries," Webber says.
"I expected lots of people in product management and engineering would want to see this, and that has been true. But people in finance and HR and the people who don't live and breathe the technology aspect of Good every day, they're sending me emails and saying 'Hey, this is something I'd like to try. How can I become part of this pilot? '"
From an IT perspective, Webber says the pilot hasn't really required any heavy lifting.
"I was surprised when I talked to the folks in facilities and IT because we didn't have to make any changes at all to the back end," Webber said. "There is a step there to provision these credentials out, so I will say that there is a little bit of work. But IT was happy to do it because of the extra layer of security."
Pilot participants were similarly pleased with the results, according to a user survey. More than 80% of participants said the smartphone was more convenient to use for physical access than their access badges; more than 83% said Good's physical security was improved with the NFC-based access thanks to the two-factor authentication; and 100% of participants said the actual HID Mobile Keys app was good looking, intuitive and easy to use.
As for the future of NFC-based physical access at Good Technology, Webber says the pilot is still ongoing, but the company is considering new ways to expand the technology.
"We're thinking about where we'd also put it in the building, what other devices we might want to bring in, but we haven't made those plans yet for the end of the phase," Webber says. "It was a fun pilot for us. It's exciting to see how we can be part of the ecosystem and potentially to help get [the word out about NFC-based physical access control]."