OMNIKEY® Reader Order Follows Major HID Acquisitions and Investments in Product Expansion for Company’s Growing Government Business
IRVINE, Calif., – 2011 RSA Conference – February 15, 2011 – HID Global, trusted leader in solutions for the delivery of secure identity, today announced it has secured an 85,000-unit order from a major U.S. government agency for the company’s OMNIKEY contact smart card readers for network authentication. The order follows a series of investments that have positioned the company to deliver one of the most comprehensive physical access, logical access and government-issued ID offerings for meeting federal agency compliance, budget, feature and reliability requirements.
“This significant order from a major U.S. agency re-asserts HID Global’s position as one of the premier providers of physical and logical access control solutions for the government,” said Anthony Ball, senior vice president, Identity and Access Management (IAM) with HID Global. “With our growing product family and recent acquisitions of ActivIdentity and LaserCard, we now offer one of the industry’s broadest security product portfolios for government and enterprise customers. Our offering includes RFID cards and readers used for physical access, as well as smart cards, readers and middleware used for secure identity assurance and network authentication, plus secure card printing and issuance solutions. HID products are trusted by millions of government employees, across hundreds of agencies, worldwide.”
HID Global will be providing the U.S. government with 85,000 OMNIKEY USB contact-based smart-card readers. The readers will be used in conjunction with an individual’s identity card, which incorporates a contact smart card module to authenticate the user during network logon. The OMNIKEY readers support the U.S. Federal Government’s smart card program, including Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards that are mandated by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), and the commonly used Common Access Card (CAC) credential. Both cards address requirements for federally issued credentials that U.S. Government employees and contractors must use to gain physical access to secured buildings and logical access to government computer resources. More than 5 million credentials have been issued by the government, to date.
HID Global’s government offerings are designed to help federal agencies defend against security threats and meet compliance requirements while streamlining their infrastructures and simplifying the user experience. The company’s OMNIKEY solutions feature the industry’s longest warranties and highest reliability specifications, and include both RFID- and contact-based readers for use with desktop and mobile devices.
OMNIKEY readers are also used with a variety of contact and contactless smart cards by security-conscious businesses and organizations in commercial enterprise applications and in heavily regulated industries including utilities and healthcare. By enabling the re-use of physical access credentials in IT authentication scenarios, OMNIKEY readers facilitate simple and cost-effective while highly secure two-factor PC authentication.
About HID Global
HID Global is the trusted source for secure identity solutions for millions of customers around the world. Recognized for robust quality, innovative designs and industry leadership, HID Global is the supplier of choice for OEMs, system integrators, and application developers serving a variety of markets. These markets include physical and logical access control, including strong authentication and credential management; card printing and personalization; highly secure government ID; and identification technologies used in animal ID and industry and logistics applications. The company's primary brands include HID®, ActivIdentity™, FARGO®, and LaserCard®. Headquartered in Irvine, California, HID Global has over 2,100 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com.
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