With ECKey, Your Phone Is The Only Key You Need

ECKey enables any Bluetooth device to serve as access control credential


Bluetooth technology is a global wireless protocol enabling, convenient connectivity for an expanding range of devices and services. It is being adapted by the security industry as an access control credential, enabling Bluetooth mobile devices (Smartphones) to be used as credentials instead of a plastic credential.

Bluetooth was created by Swedish company Ericsson in 1994, intended to be a wireless alternative to RS-232 data cables. The name Bluetooth is derived from the 10th century Danish King Harald Bltand or Harold Bluetooth in English. King Bltand helped unite warring factions in parts of what are now Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

Bluetooth technology is a combination of both hardware and software. Bluetooth compatible devices have both a Bluetooth chip and the associated firmware.

Bluetooth technology exchanges data over short distances using radio transmissions. Bluetooth technology operates in the unlicensed industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) band at 2.4 to 2.485 GHz, using a spread spectrum, frequency hopping, full-duplex signal at a nominal rate of 1600 hops/sec. The 2.4 GHz ISM band is available and unlicensed in most countries.

Bluetooth’s adaptive frequency hopping (AFH) capability reduces interference between wireless technologies sharing the 2.4 GHz spectrum. AFH works within the spectrum to take advantage of the available frequency. Bluetooth technology detects other devices and avoids the frequencies they are using. This adaptive hopping among 79 frequencies at 1 MHz intervals gives a high degree of interference immunity and also allows for more efficient transmission within the spectrum.

Unlike other RF technologies, Bluetooth has a limited bandwidth and range. However, the hardware is inexpensive and uses very little current, making it well suited for battery operated devices.

Pairing is configuring two Bluetooth devices to communicate. The process is a little different for each Bluetooth device, but typically only takes a couple of minutes.

The range of Bluetooth technology is application-specific. Range may vary depending on class of radio used in an implementation:

Class 3 radios –– Up to 1 meter or 3 feet

Class 2 radios (most commonly found in mobile devices) –– 10 meters or 33 feet

Class 1 radios (used primarily in industrial use cases) –– 100 meters or 300 feet

ECKey uses Bluetooth devices such as smartphones instead of credentials to control access. ECKey Smartphone Readers work with all access control systems and improve security compliance as people are less likely to share their Smartphone and quickly know when it has been misplaced.

ECKey readers have an adjustable read-range up to 30’ (10M), convenient for garages and gates, and can be mounted on the secure side of the door, away from vandals and the elements saving installation and maintenance costs.

The ECKey connects to the access controller by 5 wires, the same as a conventional card reader.

ECKey has two model readers: Enterprise and Standalone.

Enterprise Features:

  • Easily integrates with existing Wiegand access systems
  • Patented read-range control from 1’ to 30’ (10M)
  • Bluetooth works when Wi-Fi and cellular don’t
  • Smartphone apps for convenience and administration
  • Remote input for discreet mounting
  • Low Power Consumption

ECKey Standalone Readers connect directly to an electric door locking device, eliminating expensive panels and complex networks. All you need is power…and not much. The adjustable, long read-range lets you mount readers in a safe, secure environment out of sight away from weather and vandals,

All ECKey products can be managed from a Smartphone and remote visitor management is easy with another ECKey product VIZpin®.

Features include:

  • Scalable from 1-1,000 doors
  • Unlimited users and Remote Visitor Management with VIZpin®
  • 1,500-event Audit Trail
  • Bluetooth works when Wi-Fi and cellular don’t
  • 25 Non-Smart Phone users
  • Patented read-range control from 1‘ to 30’ (10M)
  • Remote inputs for discreet mounting
  • Multi-Color LED and buzzer
  • Low Power AC/DC
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