HID Asserts ‘Virtual Credentials’ Technology Breakthrough

LAS VEGAS — HID Global announced the official launch of the idBank System during ASIS. The Irvine, Calif.-based company is trumpeting the solution as a “revolutionary vehicle for the delivery of virtual secure identity credentials.” 

The idBank System enables the delivery of HID’s Proximity, Indala Proximity, CASI Proximity and iCLASS® security credential formats to unique forms of radio-frequency technology-enabled tokens. The first form factor to use HID’s Virtual Credentials is the plusID™ product line of personal biometric identity verification tokens for both physical and logical access by Charlottesville, Va.-based Privaris.

HID says the delivery of Virtual Credentials is the first of its kind in the identity and access market. The idBank system provides users with the ability to emulate HID and other popular access control credential formats using form factors other than the traditional card. Identity information is loaded from the idBank secure container onto a nonstandard device during a secure provisioning process using specialized enrollment software. 

“By separating the data content of secure identity from physical media, the idBank system represents a technological advancement in allowing the development of new partner solutions based on alternate physical platforms,” said Tam Hulusi, executive vice president, HID Global. “Over time, Virtual Credentials will enable the use of HID trusted credentials in a wide variety of form factors for multiple applications.”

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