Advantages of Mobile Credentials over Key Cards

Today we access our chats, our credit cards, and our social networks with the convenience and security of our phones. Now you can access physical places too, including your office, gym, and garages. With the rise of mobile credential adoption, key cards are becoming less popular.

Here are 3 benefits of using mobile credentials over key cards and badges:


  • Security admins can issue or revoke credentials from anywhere, anytime
  • Issuing a credential no longer requires setting up and handing out physical cards or fobs
  • For mobile users, the smartphone is their credential; no need to carry a separate card or key fob
  • Mobile credentials can unlock doors remotely (e.g. admins can open doors when they are not on site, and mobile users can open the garage from inside their car)



  • Mobile device security (PIN/fingerprint) can still protect the credential if it is lost/stolen
  • Mobile device credentials cannot be “skimmed” like a card
  • Mobile credentials can use new and advanced security methods that are not available on all physical cards



  • Reduces the need for purchasing and storing physical credentials
  • No physical credentials to replace because of loss or damage


Brivo provides mobile credentials for simpler, secure access in more locations. The benefits of using Brivo Onair Pass for mobile credentials include:

Issuing Passes

  • Admin emails pass directly to the user’s mobile device for easy setup
  • Mobile users simply tap the link in the email to add their pass
  • Passes can only be redeemed once


Opening Doors

  • Brivo Onair Pass is a free download on the App Store/Google Play
  • Open doors with the push of a button
  • Access all doors from all sites from the same app
  • Add the widget to Today View (iOS) or Home screen (Android) for even quicker access to the most used doors


Getting Started With Onair Pass

  • Compatible with all Brivo readers
  • Brivo Onair Pass trial with 5 free passes is included with Brivo Onair, so everyone can try it out with no additional purchases


If you’re interested in ridding yourself of key cards and badges and adding Brivo Onair Pass to improve user experience and efficiency, click here.