Advantages of Mobile Credentials vs. Card Access Systems

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, card access systems are a thing of the past.

Here are 3 benefits of using mobile credentials over a badge access system:


  • Security admins can issue or revoke credentials from anywhere, anytime
  • Issuing credentials 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 without needing to be within inches of a card reader (e.g. admin opening when not on site, mobile user opening garage from inside car)



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



  • Reduces 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 set up
  • Mobile user simply needs to tap the link in the email to add their pass
  • Passes can only be redeemed once, so no risk of someone else redeeming the pass by finding the email later


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 widget to Today View (iOS) or Home screen (Android) for even quicker access to favorite 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 your card access control systems and adding Brivo Onair Pass to improve user experience and unlock doors with your phone, click here.