Summary Box: BlackBerry to use key-card technology

COMING SOON: Upcoming BlackBerry models will have key-card technology from Assa Abloy AB, the world’s leading lock group.

WHAT IT WILL DO: Users will be able to swipe their phones in front of a door’s card reader to gain access to a building. Assa Abloy says the phones will work with existing door-opening systems and will mainly replace access cards at offices, but can also be used to open home or garage doors.

SPECIFICS: The technology will be included in the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 and BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360, which will launch early next year.