Looking back to last week...
...that Monday was probably the start of just another normal work week that was full of the usual trappings of meetings and deadlines for many people. But as the sun rose in Paris on this particular Monday, November 14th, the day marked the beginning of one the most exciting and jammed packed weeks of the year for HID Global as the team geared up for a busy week at CARTES and IDentification 2011 in Paris, France - one of the largest security industry events in the world.
The day before the CARTES show began, the HID team kicked off the week in Paris with its annual FARGO partner meeting as well as a Smarttalk event, where HID and NXP Semiconductors partnered for the first time to host a roundtable discussion with leaders in the industry on the topic of future-proofing corporate identity. Both events where well attended by key HID Global partners and large end-user organizations.
That same evening at an awards ceremony and gala event not far away, HID Global president and CEO Denis Hébert, was on stage accepting a distinctive distinctive SESAME award for HID's Secure Identity Object (SIO) technology, which won the award for the industry's most innovative solution of the year. As one of the few American companies to ever win a SESAME, this was a watershed event for HID Global, especially since this award represents an unchallenged seal of approval in innovation and is regarded as the global standard for card manufacturers and related industries. And being honored with a SESAME award was only the beginning of HID's introduction of its SIO technology to the European market at CARTES.
The next morning on the CARTES show floor, HID Global booth attendees were met by an iconic, larger-than-life SIO globe that was suspended in air and contained an SIO video inside explaining the technology. Attention-getting as it was, the SIO showcase was just one of the many exciting technologies for building, issuing, delivering and assuring secure identities that kept the HID booth packed throughout the event.
In addition to the strong focus on HID's complete line of Government ID solutions for e-passport, national ID, foreign resident, worker ID and vehicle registration programs, HID Global also had a number of important announcements that contributed to the buzz. Some of the important news included its new NFC-enabled contactless smart card reader platform for the laptop and mobile device market with Sony; the recent Good Technology and ActivIdentity partnership that delivers enterprise and government mobile authentication solutions for iOS and Android platforms; as well as the preview of HID Global's new Industrial Series FARGO printer/encoder.
All in all, with the SESAME award, CARTES, and all of this year's related activities, 2011 proved an important one as HID Global's European market presence rivaled that of major companies in the region. As the year comes to a close, I am looking forward to continuing the momentum in 2012 around innovative technology, products and solutions at major events in EMEA and around the world.