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System and Method to access a secured area by authorised personnel who do not need to have the access code to secured area

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238920D
Publication Date: 2014-Sep-25
Document File: 5 page(s) / 88K

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Abstract

Access to a secured area is provided by use of a mobile device by an authorised user where the authorised user does not need to know access codes but is simply authenticated to the mobile device.

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System and Method to access a secured area by authorised personnel who do not need to have the access code to secured area

Typically access to a secured area would require one or more personnel, each with their own userid and password, to gain access. Loss of password would constitute a potential security breach and subsequent reissue of access codes to all authorised personnel. The authorised personnel would be tasked to ensure their userid and password are kept secret and stored securely.

By providing an intermediate digital device(s) and an associated authorised person(s) as a unique pair(s) a secure digital/optical pathway

is created to enable transmission of access codes to a secured area with the purpose of gaining access to that secured area. This method does not require authorised personnel to know the access codes, their physical presence and their authentication to their individual digital device provides an authorised and secure pathway to allow access codes to be sent to the secured area.

A number of authorised personnel present themselves at the entry to a secured area. They each have a handheld device which they
are logged onto. This device communicates to a system security server to validate itself and receives an encrypted slice of the access code.

All authorised personnel hold these handheld devices' displays (which have a digital display of their encrypted slice) to an optical reader which is controlled by a vault access security server physically within the secured area. This latter server combines and decrypts the access code. If valid access is permitted e.g. a door opens.

Definitions:

Authorised Personnel - this is an approved person who is permitted to take part in the process to gain access to the secured area

Vault - this designates a secured area where opening for access is strictly controlled. An example of this would be a vault with safety deposit boxes.

Handheld Device (HHD) - this is a digital device which can communicate to and receive communication from other digital assets.

It comes with a display which can display data. Such an example would be a mobile phone.

System Security Server - this is a server holding security information important to an organisation. It can communicate

to other digital devices but all communication is secure with data being encrypted.

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Vault Access Security Server - this is a server holding security information relevant to the secured area it physically

resides. It has two external interfaces, the first is an alarm and the second is one or more optical

readers which can read the display of the handheld devices. It has no other external interface outside

the secured area.

Defined Period - this is a timer value designed to put a defined time limit on the opening process. When it expires

the vault security server will set the alarm to sound

Optical reader - a device to digitally scan the display of a handheld device. Typically there will more than one optical r...