HID Global Acquires Miniaturized Reader Device Provider Access-IS

Access-IS technology, products and solutions range from barcode reading and image processing for document scanning to NFC and EMV for mobile ticketing.

AUSTIN, Texas — HID Global announces the acquisition of Access-IS, a leading technology provider of miniaturized reader devices that combine a number of key technologies for mission-critical environments.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Access-IS’s technology and solutions broaden HID Global’s technology portfolio, accelerate its vertical market expansion and add new product offerings that help meet customers’ evolving needs for integrated, digitized solutions, according to the announcement.

Access-IS technology, products and solutions range from barcode reading and image processing for document scanning to NFC and EMV for mobile ticketing. The company has brought to market a range of devices that have been deployed worldwide in major cities and countries across a number of key verticals including finance, transportation and government, the announcement states.

“Access-IS solutions are a good fit for HID. Strategically aligned with both our existing Extended Access Technologies business and HID’s transport and ticketing solutions in our Identification Technologies business, Access-IS will enhance HID’s industry leadership while positioning us for growth in a variety of attractive markets,” says Björn Lidefelt, CEO of HID Global. “HID and Access-IS share a similar purpose to embed trust in physical products as a bridge to the digital world.”

The announcement included the following details about the Access-IS portfolio and deployments:

  • More than 100 million transactions processed through Access-IS products daily and its installed base includes over 20,000 systems used in public transportation and ticketing around the world.
  • More than 50,000 users of its identity and security solutions (e-Passport, e-ID and e-driver’s license readers for government and commercial applications).
  • Installations in over 200 airports, including 20 of the top 30 airports in the world, and used by many of the world’s top airlines.

In addition to building upon Access-IS’s existing vertical markets, HID will leverage the company’s technology to fuel further expansion, and EMV contactless payment readers from Access-IS will broaden HID’s offering in the financial sector and other markets.

Access-IS was founded in 1985 and is based in the United Kingdom. With 120 employees serving customers in over 200 countries, the company is said to have a strong core competency in enabling quick, accurate and reliable identification and payment in integrated solutions.

Access-IS is now a Business Unit within HID’s Extended Access Technologies’ Business Area, which is led by Steve Currie, Vice president and managing director.

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