Toronto technology company Nymi announced a partnership with ELATEC, a provider of RFID readers and NFC/BLE mobile device readers. The partnership will enable users of Nymi’s Workplace Wearables to seamlessly open doors and authenticate to systems, devices and machines that utilize ELATEC’s readers.
“This partnership with ELATEC provides important market reach and compatibility for our Workplace Wearables,” said Andrew Foxcroft, Vice President of Nymi. “The Nymi Band is being rapidly adopted in industries like pharma and medical device manufacturing with an emphasis on privacy, security, and a natural user experience. ELATEC reader compatibility will facilitate penetration of these and other industries and global regions.”
The Nymi Band enables organizations to incorporate Nymi's passwordless technology with applications that ensure the health, safety, and security of connected workers, enabling a range of use cases that includes COVID-19 social distancing and contact tracing, among others, the company says.
According to IDC, digital transformation (DX) spending will approach $1.3 trillion in 2020, with digitally-enhanced workers becoming more effective and functional by at least 35% next year. Workplace wearables for connected workers have become a vital component of DX strategies and are projected to exceed $60 billion globally by 2022 (Deloitte). The Nymi Band addresses the challenges of digitally-led initiatives that, coupled with unprecedented obstacles from the COVID-19 pandemic, require a unique approach to employee health, safety, and security.
The Nymi Band secures an individual's identity by using their unique fingerprint and heart rhythm to bind the user to the band. It uses On-Body Detection (OBD) and presence to ensure that the band is always on the intended user and the user is actually there. Finally, it uses cryptography to mathematically prove the user's identity to the network. Because the biometrics never leave the band, this provides the highest level of both security and privacy available.
“We’re delighted to be working with Nymi in providing a frictionless and hands-free authentication, authorization, and access control solution for our customers across numerous industries,” said Paul Massey, CEO of ELATEC Inc. “Wearable technology enables a very positive user experience and exciting new applications for our reader solutions.”