Near Field Communications (NFC) enabled BlackBerry smartphones have been leading the way in mobile payments and RIM is bringing that leadership into the enterprise. BlackBerry was first to be certified for Visa mobile payments, first to be certified for MasterCard for mobile payments, and now BlackBerry is first for physical access badge replacement with HID Global; the world’s leading provider of physical access technology.

Late last week HID Global announced the availability of Secure Identity Services™, a comprehensive suite of web-based services for managing physical access credentials (read the HID press release for more info). Secure Identity Services is the enterprise’s first all-in-one web-based solution for credential provisioning and management. The platform provides businesses with the tools to create, use, and manage identities for traditional badges on plastic cards, for tokens, and for digital credentials on NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphones beginning with models on the Verizon Wireless network: the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and the BlackBerry Curve 9370.

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RIM has been dedicated to mobilizing and securing solutions to the challenges that organizations face since the launch of BlackBerry in 1999. Concerning physical access, RIM began with the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader, which provides secure access to your BlackBerry smartphone and computer, and have now RIM has worked closely with HID Global to bring this expertise to physical access credentials.

Check out more on RIM and HID Global’s team-up in the Inside BlackBerry Business blog post here.