HID Global Expands Access Control Solutions

IRVINE, Calif.

HID Global is expanding its position within the access control space by collaborating with IT industry leaders to provide an extensive portfolio of logical access offerings to meet market requirements.

The step toward convergence solutions will enable physical access control integrators to use HID technology to provide complementary logical access solutions, according to the company.

“Since establishing our relationship with Microsoft® around Crescendo™ and its support for Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007, HID Global has led the industry in providing breakthrough solutions for the true convergence of physical and information security, enabled by an access control card,” says Denis Hébert, president and CEO of HID Global. “Never before has it been so easy to have convenience meet security at the desktop.”

HID’s iCLASS® contactless smart cards are now read by the embedded contactless smart card reader in select models of new Dell® Latitude™ E-Family laptops. With the use of an iCLASS card, laptop users can authenticate the laptop before boot up.

In the future, according to the company, users will be able to experience secure, two-factor authentication to the laptop. Users will also have the ability to present their card and a PIN to securely authenticate to either Windows XP or Windows Vista™. This conforms to Microsoft’s strategic direction to deploy smart cards for secure authentication.

To download and watch Denis Hébert’s ASIS presentation on HID Global’s new strategy, click here.

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