At a Glance

High Security Encryption to Stop Cloning

Still Supports Standard Fobs & Tokens

Compatible with New Reader Range

Two Types of Credential to Choose From

No Additional Hardware Required

Details

Bluetooth credentials are the same as standard key fobs, the only difference is they’re on your smartphone. This means that everything that is possible with a standard key fob is also possible with Bluetooth credentials (e.g. building compartmentation). To set up Urmet Bluetooth credentials, you use the IPassan Manager software.

NOTE: IPassan Manager still supports key fobs but it now provides Bluetooth as an additional method to manage your Access Control permissions. This means that it is possible to have both Bluetooth credentials & standard tokens on the same site.

Bluetooth enabled Access Control is as secure as using traditional key fobs as they both use the same level of encryption, which is Mifare Plus 128 bit AES encryption.

There are also a number of other benefits to using Bluetooth Credentials as opposed to Physical Tokens, we have written a blog on this subject which you can check out by clicking the button below.

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The Urmet Bluetooth solution allows for 2 different types of credentials to be set, depending on the needs of the client, these are: proximity & long range, or proximity only.

Take a look below to find out more about the 2 different types of credential…

The proximity ONLY virtual credential works at a range of 20cm.

This is also known as ‘Handsfree’ mode, as no action is required on the K App to gain access to the building.

Proximity mode works as normal. 

Long range mode works up to 15m, but the user has to press the ‘door release’ button on the K App to open the door – like a standard remote control. 

NOTE: When the user presses the ‘unlock’ button in long-range mode, a voice announcement is made on the phone, letting the user know that the door has been unlocked.

If you would like more information on long-range Bluetooth access, please see the video below…

How does it work?

Using Bluetooth credentials could not be simpler, the user simply downloads the Urmet K App which is available to download both on Android & iOS, and their access permissions are automatically assigned to their K App.

For more information on how the user, uses the K App, check out our article by clicking here.

The Urmet K App uses the residents’ individual phone number as a unique identifier, so there is no possibility of accidentally duplicating a credential from one resident to the other.

To find out more about the Urmet K App, click the image below…

To manage Bluetooth Access permissions, the Building Manager has access to their site’s IPassan Manager account.

The Building Manager will use the credits that have been assigned to their IPassan Manager account by the installer, to assign individual Bluetooth credentials to residents and visitors.

For more information on how this process is managed, please click here. 

Once the building manager updates a visitor or residents’ access permissions, IPassan Manager auto-updates this in the residents’ K App (as long as the computer has an active internet connection).

This adheres to Secured by Design guidelines, by providing a way for the Building Manager to immediately alter/revoke access permissions for previous residents.

Typically, there is a time lag between a resident moving away and the old access permission being revoked, due to the installer arranging a site visit, or posting a new token to the new resident. The Urmet Bluetooth solution prevents this time lag, and also saves the installer time and money on the call out.

As you know, Bluetooth credentials are managed in IPassan Manager, which many Urmet Access Control installers are already familiar with.

To begin using Bluetooth Credentials, the installer is set up with a Bluetooth Management account by the Urmet Team. On this account, the installer can allocate Bluetooth credits to the site, which can then be later linked to the site directly through IPassan Manager. For information on how to create a new Bluetooth site in the FDI Portal (Bluetooth account), click here.

To clarify how to get started with Bluetooth credentials, please read our article by clicking here.

How is it Managed?

Each Bluetooth credential costs a certain amount of credits, for an in-depth look at how much each credential costs in credits, please click here.

The installer purchases credits directly from Urmet; upon purchase, Urmet will place the required amount of credits in the installers’ FDI Portal (Bluetooth account).

Using these credits, the installer then assigns a specific amount of credits to each Bluetooth site. The client can then access these credits in their IPassan Manager account, and begin to assign individual user Bluetooth credentials.

For an in-depth look at how the process is managed, view our article by clicking here. Or simply, view the infographic below…

Why is the Urmet Solution the Best?

The Urmet Bluetooth solution requires no additional hardware for the resident or the installer, as all Urmet readers now arrive as standard with Bluetooth functionality. This means that there is no additional cost incurred by the installer.

The Urmet solution is also highly secure, our product developers purchased alternative Bluetooth Access Control solutions from other industry manufacturers to understand how the Urmet solution can be better.

As a result, our developers came up with the following:

This is an anti-cloning functionality, which prevents a third party from intercepting and copying the communication between the K App and the Bluetooth reader, meaning that the Bluetooth Credential cannot be cloned.

If the resident gets a new smartphone, the IPassan Controller will not authorise a new mobile credential on the new device until it has been confirmed by the IPassan Manager that the original smartphone has been replaced – therefore preventing a resident from giving their phone away to grant an unauthorised user access to the building.

What’s the Best Application?

The Urmet Bluetooth solution is ideal for any of the following applications…

Student Accommodation

Offices & Commercial

Private Residential

Public Buildings

Multi-Dwelling Residential

Which Urmet Readers are Compatible?

How do I get Started?

If you’d like to get started with Bluetooth credentials, take a look at the following article. It has been designed to help guide you through getting started step-by-step, click here to read the article.

If you would like to find out more information about the Urmet Bluetooth solution, or you have a project specific enquiry, click the button below to start a conversation with the Urmet Team.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes!

For example, the main entrance panel mount reader could be set up as long range & proximity access, but you could have the lift reader set as proximity only.

A proximity access for one day (e.g. visitors) – 1 credit

A proximity access for up to 2 weeks (e.g. visitor) – 2 credits

A permanent proximity access (e.g. resident) – 5 credits

A permanent long range & proximity access (e.g. resident) – 20 credits

Yes!

When creating the Bluetooth site in the FDI portal (Installers’ Bluetooth account), it is possible to set up alert thresholds so when the credit level falls below the pre-determined amount, the client’s account administrator receives an email informing them of their balance, and suggesting  they purchase more credits from the installer.