HID Global Acquires Nectar Smart Card Technology
HID Global has acquired Nectar smart card .NET technology, based on Microsoft .NET, from U.K.-based StepNexus and Hive Minded.
Nectar is a commercial and licensable reference implementation of a .NET virtual machine for embedded systems with a smart card dedicated operating system. Nectar’s virtual machine is a Microsoft .NET-compatible implementation of the standardized ECMA335/ISO 23271 Common Language Infrastructure (CLI).
Nectar enables smart cards to integrate seamlessly with .NET execution environments through its use of standard Microsoft® tools and Windows® communication protocols. Nectar integration is performed using Microsoft’s Visual Studio tools to provide seamless support for multiple programming languages, allowing developers and solution providers to capitalize on existing skills and code as well as reducing time-to-market and support costs.
“As a leading supplier in the delivery of secure identity, this acquisition reflects yet another positive step in HID’s growth in the support of multiple platforms and languages for smart cards,” says Denis Hebert, president and CEO of HID Global. “The ability to license the .NET reference implementation to third-parties supports our objective of expanding the HID offering into a variety of vertical markets that rely on secure identity to achieve compliance, security and convenience.”
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