HID Forms iTechnology Design Resources Group

Company Names Consulting Expert Mark Peterson to Lead Organization

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 5, 2004 – HID, the premier manufacturer of contactless access control cards and readers for the security industry, today announced the formation of a new technology design resource group.  The new organization, dubbed "Intelligent Technology Design" (iTD) will provide technology and design counsel to specifiers, consultants, engineers, and designers as they work with their clients to migrate to new secure identification technologies.

"We chose the name ‘iTechnology Design' to emphasize our new ‘intelligent' secure ID solutions.  For example, the group will address the convergence taking place between physical and logical access control into a single smart ID card," said Denis Hébert, president of HID Corporation.  "A good example is our iCLASS contactless smart card technology.  We want to put the right tools in their hands – everything from education to implementation guidance – so they can be as effective with implementing new technologies like iCLASS as they are with our existing products.  But our role doesn't end with the installation.  New technologies offer new levels of expandability and we'll have an ongoing relationship with our specifiers, designers, and consulting partners as they add applications," added Hébert.                       

HID has named Mark Peterson as director of the iTD group.  A  former security industry consultant, Peterson brings more than 27 years of experience in the design, specification, installation supervision, and service management of intrusion detection, access control, video surveillance, parking control and integrated security management systems.  Most recently, Peterson served as a senior consultant with C. H. Guernsey & Company and manager of the security design office in Denver, Colorado.

"Mark gives us an internal focal point that can interact with this influential group peer-to-peer and then marshal our resources as needed to get things done.  His background prepares him perfectly for this strategic and practical position and he is a valued addition to the HID management team," commented Mark Scaparro, HID's executive vice president of sales. 

A sought-after industry presenter, Peterson's projects have included security surveys, system designs, and corporate program development for both public and private sector clients ranging from Mammoth Cave for the National Park Service and California State University at Northridge to corporate facilities for Avaya, Time Warner, Lucent and many others.

"Having spent most of my career as a consultant and implementer of security systems, I know what a challenge change can be.  My mission is to make sure we are listening to this influential community and providing the tools and resources they need to effectively and efficiently deploy HID technologies," said Peterson. "I'm excited to join HID to lead this innovative, collaborative program that will deliver significant value to this important constituency within the security industry."

Peterson is a member of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC) and is a Certified Institutional Protection Technician.  He is active in the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the International Foundation of Cultural Property Protection (IFCPP).  He will be based out of HID's research and development facility in Denver, Colorado and will report to Mark Scaparro.