GateKeeper Smart Badge – Logical and Physical Access
The GateKeeper Smart Badge combines two technologies – Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) & Near Field
Communication (NFC) – to provide a single solution for computer and door access for your company.
Computer and Web Access:
The Smart Badge contains a BLE chip with associated circuitry and a rechargeable battery. Each badge can
be registered to a specific individual, and to any of their Windows, Mac or Web accounts. The Smart
Badge advertises BLE packets specifically for our GateKeeper software to read and ascertain the location
of the badge with respect to a computer. Then, the software allows the user to log in to the computer
using two-factor authentication (presence of the badge and a PIN) or automatically (presence of the
badge). This requires a BLE dongle or an internal BLE chip for the computer, to communicate with the
Smart Badge. The GateKeeper client software communicates with the GateKeeper Enterprise
Management System server to provide audit logs, access management, and other features for IT
Furthermore, each GateKeeper enabled computer acts as a sensor node and tracks the presence of each
GateKeeper Smart Badge that comes within its range. So, the entire computer network becomes a realtime positioning system reporting the presence of Smart Badge holders at any point in the office.
The GateKeeper Smart Badge also has a iClass NFC coil from HID Global that communicates with most
door readers when touched to the reader’s surface. Each iClass coil and chip has a unique identifier that
can be assigned to a specific individual using the door control system’s management console. Untethered
Labs can work with the door control software vendor to pull in the access control events from their system
in to the GateKeeper Enterprise Management System.
Centralized Management, Auditing and Control:
The GateKeeper Enterprise Management System allows administrators to manage all aspects of
GateKeeper activity on the network. The server application is used to set access control policies for
computers, and collect detailed audit logs and location data from each computer on the network. By
adding the door access data from the door controller database, we can provide a comprehensive audit
log of physical and logical activity in the organization. An example of what this audit trail can do is assisting
security administrators tackle the tailgating problem.
The Tailgating Problem:
A common problem in organizations is that employees often hold the door open for co-workers when
entering or leaving the office. This means that not everyone scans their badge while entering an office
giving rise to the tailgating problem. The physical security administrator is often at a loss to know who is
present in the office and has not badged in. This tailgating problem can be solved by using the GateKeeper Smart Badge.
The Smart Badge not only allows physical access using its NFC coil, but also reports the badge’s presence
in the office due to its BLE chip. By pulling information from the physical access controller’s database, the
GateKeeper Enterprise Management System can report door access events as well as real-time-location
events in the same dashboard. So, the system can detect that a person is present in the office using the
BLE real-time-location system, but has not badged in due to the absence of a physical access log, and
thereby generate an alert for the security administrator. Thus, the security administrator will have a full
picture of who is present in the office at any given time, and whether they have badged in or not, which
can then be used to take corrective actions as necessary.
Does your organizational policy require employees to wear and display an employee identification badge at all times? Are your employees motivated to remember not to forget their employee identification badge every day in order to gain access into the front door at work? What if their employee identification badge also served as their 2FA/MFA token for access onto their computer?
The GateKeeper Smart Badge is the latest iteration of Halberd - simply in a badge form factor! Slide your existing employee identification cards into our badge holder and give users a unified solution for both computer and door access.
The GateKeeper Smart Badge will be released end of 2020. Limited sample availability.
For any additional questions or concerns regarding proximity settings, computer locking, passwords, or compliance, please contact GateKeeper Enterprise support using the Support Ticket form on https://gkaccess.com/support/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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