The Connectivity Standards Alliance is unveiling Aliro, a new standard designed to transform how users unlock doors or other entry points using mobile devices or wearable IoT devices.
Specifically, Aliro is defined as a communication protocol with a common credential that facilitates interoperability between mobile devices, wearables and access control readers, with the end goal of increasing adoption of consumer electronic devices to unlock doors and enable a consistent experience across certified hardware.
The standard is being backed by a host of IoT manufactures, including Allegion, Apple, ASSA ABLOY, Google, Infineon, Kastle Systems, Last Lock, NXP Semiconductors, Qualcomm, Samsung, and STMicroelectronics. In total, nearly 200 Alliance member companies have signed on, the Alliance says.
According to the CSA, the aim is to “create a path forward where the use of standardized technology – in this case, a common communication protocol and credential – can power a future where mobile devices and wearables are central to the digital access experience.”
In a statement, CSA President and CEO Tobin Richardson says open standards like Matter and Aliro are the best way to achieve broader adoption of new technology.
“The Alliance and its members are now using that same model to unlock the potential of digital access experience, with the creation of a new standard and credential that makes adoption easier for mobile device and access control reader companies,” Richardson says.
The Alrio standard is built on four key principles for mobile devices and access reader manufactures, including simplicity, flexibility, security and interoperability.
Those principles aim to lower the barrier to implementation by reducing complexity, support different types of installations or architectures, implement secure and trusted mobile access solutions, and enable interoperability between manufacturer-independent devices and readers.
The Aliro standard is also designed to reduce the complexity of partner integrations and reduce the high cost of R&D. The certified hardwre will then make it easier for system owners and installers to select the best hardware and software for their needs.
Management and maintenance of access control systems will also be easier without the need to troubleshoot across multiple hardware providers.
According to the CSA, the Aliro protocol will deliver a comprehensive point-to-point application layer and will include definitions for Near Field Communication (NFC), Bluetooth Low-Energy (LE), and Ultra-Wideband (UWB) experiences, as well as asymmetric cryptography and credential data.
Lisa Corte, Aliro Working Group marketing chair and vice president of strategic alliances at ASSA Abloy, says the collaboration aims to raise the bar for an interoperable, consistent, secured and streamlined mobile access experience.
“With a team of industry leaders, thousands of engineering hours, and broad support from diverse member companies, our goal is to make a big impact when it comes to transforming the way people unlock openings using their smartphones and wearables,” Corte says. “I applaud this group for the ongoing effort and collaboration as we develop the Aliro specification.”
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