Access-card manufacturer HID Global announced Thursday that it is teaming up with Research in Motion Ltd. to include near-field communications technology in new models of its BlackBerry smartphones. A decade-old technology that permits wireless communication between devices located a few centimetres apart, near-field communications is used in many security systems that require users to swipe a card to gain access to locked doors. By allowing the devices to communicate with other nearby phones and data readers, the technology could allow BlackBerrys to serve as substitutes for everything from security passes and bank cards to concert tickets and business cards. “This industry first is an important milestone in the deployment of mobile access and identity solutions using NFC technology on smartphones,” HID Global senior vice-president of strategic innovation, Dr. Tam Hulusi, said in a release. “We will continue to innovate in the delivery of secure identity, as NFC-enabled smartphones represent a complementary new platform that we believe will expand the access control market and our online card services business while improving user security and convenience.” Other smartphone and mobile operating system developers are also working with HID Global to use the technology in their products, Reuters reported Thursday. An HID Global executive told Reuters that RIM’s use of secure enterprise servers would facilitate the company’s ability to control authorized users and their access to locations.