HID Global, a worldwide provider of trusted identity solutions, announced that it has acquired Crossmatch, a provider of biometric identity management and secure authentication solutions, from Francisco Partners. Crossmatch’s portfolio of products includes biometric identity management hardware and software that complement HID’s broad portfolio of trusted identity products and services, making HID Global one of the world’s major providers of fingerprint biometric technologies. Identity management solutions “Our acquisition of Crossmatch strengthens HID Global’s ability to offer innovative biometric identity solutions to hundreds of millions of users worldwide,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global. “Adding Crossmatch to our company will extend HID’s market leadership in the trusted identity space and allow us to fulfill the promise of biometrics in critical identity applications.” Founded in 1996 and based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Crossmatch employs over 270 professionals across a global network of development hubs and strategic sales offices. With the acquisition, HID Global gains advanced biometric identity management solutions for civil government, defence and commercial applications, as well as a secure multifactor authentication software solution. Crossmatch’s public-sector biometrics business enhances HID’s reach into immigration and border control Crossmatch’s public-sector biometrics Crossmatch’s public-sector biometrics business enhances HID’s reach into immigration and border control, law enforcement, and military and defence markets with products and solutions that include criminal booking, rapid mobile identification, background checks, security clearance processing, military base access, counter-terrorism and mobile intelligence gathering, visa processing and citizen services. The Crossmatch commercial biometrics business extends HID’s portfolio to include a broad array of single finger readers, modules, sensors and software developer kits (SDKs) for multiple vertical markets including – retail, financial, healthcare and OEM markets. This is a global business supporting a large volume of integrated partners. Crossmatch is also a provider of single fingerprint sensors to point-of-sale (POS) terminal manufacturers and is integrated with the major POS software applications. Behavioral biometrics for frictionless access HID also gains a unique secure authentication solution, DigitalPersona, that goes beyond the traditional multifactor approach to cybersecurity. DigitalPersona adds an array of risk-based factors, including behavioral biometrics, for secure, frictionless access to Windows and cloud, web, mobile and traditional applications. “I am very pleased that Crossmatch is joining the HID family. Countering today’s advanced security threats requires innovative, comprehensive identity management solutions incorporating both biometric and non-biometric components. Our market-leading biometric identity management solutions and unique composite authentication solution perfectly complement HID’s already robust offerings. This will enable us to provide our global customers with an even broader range of trusted identity solutions, and our employees with increased opportunity for professional growth,” said Richard Agostinelli, CEO of Crossmatch.
Their combined experience in enterprise software and security markets supports Crossmatch’s sales initiatives Crossmatch, a leading provider of identity management enrolment and authentication solutions, announced the appointment of John Atkinson as vice president of global enterprise sales and Eduardo Parodi as vice president of government sales for Europe, Africa and Latin America. “We are pleased to have Eduardo and John as part of the Crossmatch team,” noted Lance Roncalli, senior vice president of global sales. “Their combined experience in the enterprise software and security markets as well as broad range of industry relationships, support our go to market initiatives.” Eduardo Parodi Eduardo has over 20 years of experience in driving sales, growing partner relationships and managing global sales activities with foreign governments. He was most recently Vice President of Sales & Business Development for Smiths Detection where he coordinated and supervised the regional strategy and sales efforts for both government and commercial customers in the aviation and critical infrastructure markets. Eduardo holds a degree in History from the University of Texas with specialisation in Latin American studies. Eduardo served in the military and spent over 8 years in law enforcement before turning to the private sector, establishing his own security integration company targeting projects in Latin America. John Atkinson John has a long history of leading and growing global sales organisations for enterprise software solution and information technology companies. He most recently was the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Widepoint where he was responsible for building out an enterprise mobility management solution for the commercial marketplace and driving a cloud-based IDaaS solution for government customers. John holds a BSc Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from The Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The appointments “These critical appointments are consistent with the direction and growth plans that Crossmatch is undertaking with a strong focus towards solving both the US & international identity management challenges, as well as commercial and government IT security issues,” stated Richard Agostinelli, Crossmatch CEO.