IRVINE, Calif.

HID Corp. and RF Ideas Inc. announce their collaboration to bring proximity access control to PCs and computer networks using the same HID proximity cards that control physical access to facilities. The pcProx system consists of a proximity card reader connected to a PC and the AIR ID software package. Users place their proximity cards on the reader and, if required by the system administrator, enter a password. The software verifies their identities and access rights to allow use of the PC. By enabling the use of existing HID access control cards, the pcProx system allows companies to leverage their access control infrastructure and provide the same protection for their corporate data as they have for their physical facilities.

The AIR ID software, meanwhile, is designed to simplify both implementation and administration of the logical access control system. “The pcProx system enables our enormous installed base of proximity customers to easily extend their access control to their computers and networks,” says Joe Grillo, COO of HID. Rick Landuyt, president of RF Ideas, adds, “Most of the expense of an access control system lies in the deployment phase. By using existing infrastructures, the pcProx system provides high levels of security for logical assets.”

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