HID Global, a worldwide provider of trusted identity solutions, announces Bjorn Lidefelt has been named President and CEO. Bjorn joins the company after serving as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at HID parent company ASSA ABLOY, where he oversaw branding, communications, commercial development and strategy. He also has extensive experience in international sales and marketing, having spent more than nine years in Asia Pacific markets including China and Malaysia. Delivering industry-leading solutions “Bjorn has had a very successful journey with our organisation, and will bring a wealth of experience and perspective from various roles and markets to HID,” said Nico Delvaux, President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY. Bjorn holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the University of Linkoping, Sweden, majoring in computer science and marketing. He succeeds Stefan Widing, who led HID Global for over four years. “I look forward to leading a dedicated and talented global workforce focused on delivering industry-leading solutions to governments, universities, hospitals, financial institutions and some of the most innovative companies on the planet to create trusted physical and digital places,” Bjorn added.
HID Global, a worldwide provider of trusted identity solutions, announced that it has completed the acquisition of the international identity solutions business of De La Rue, the world’s commercial issuer of banknotes and passports. The De La Rue business will be merged with HID’s citizen identity solutions portfolio, broadening HID Global’s leadership position, extending its capabilities to scale and assemble government-issued citizen IDs, and expanding the value delivered to customers. Identity solutions business “HID Global and the De La Rue international identity solutions business share the common goal of helping governments fulfill their e-government initiatives today and in the future by converging physical and digital identities to increase efficiency, security and flexibility,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO, HID Global. HID’s identification solutions can be found in sixty percent of government-issued electronic identity projects “The acquisition sets the stage for HID to leverage the decades-long relationships De La Rue has had as a prime citizen ID supplier providing HID’s innovative solutions to governments seeking to modernise. From making it possible for citizens to use mobile IDs with their smartphones in everyday life to providing travelers with a more secure and convenient passport for border crossing, HID is transforming the citizen experience.” Electronic security features Today, HID Global’s citizen identification solutions can be found in sixty percent of all government-issued electronic identity projects around the world. HID delivers complete, end-to-end system solutions that meet governmental requirements for national IDs, passports, foreign resident IDs, driver licenses, vehicle registration and other programs. De La Rue’s direct relationships with ministries of the interior, immigration departments, police departments, and numerous other government entities/agencies will enhance HID’s ability to provide customers with a broader suite of offerings that include mobile IDs, automated verification capabilities, and e-passports with advanced physical and electronic security features. Data analysis services The addition of the De La Rue citizen ID business also extends HID’s capabilities to assemble secure ID documents from end to end in world-class facilities. It will create new opportunities to apply its design excellence, data analysis services/consultancy, and proven software and systems–including civil registry and vital statistics (CRVS)–to HID’s citizen ID portfolio.
ASSA ABLOY has signed an agreement to acquire LUX-IDent, a renowned provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) components based in the Czech Republic. "LUX-IDent is a strategic technological addition to the ASSA ABLOY Group. The company reinforces our current offering within RFID components. The acquisition of LUX-IDent considerably enhances the Group's position within smart components and will provide complementary growth opportunities,” says Nico Delvaux, President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY. Extending RFID technology “Our proven leadership in RFID technology positions HID as a premier source of components for a wide variety of RFID use cases and IoT applications. The acquisition of LUX-IDent further optimises our portfolio with more ways to offer customisation in both large and small volume projects,” says Stefan Widing, Executive Vice President and Head of HID Global. “Expanding our presence in Central and Eastern Europe with LUX-IDent will further enhance HID’s ability to serve customers locally while extending our RFID technology into emerging markets.” Subject to regulatory approval LUX-IDent was founded in 2002 and has some 145 employees. The main office is located in Lanškroun, Czech Republic. Sales for 2019 are expected to reach about CZK 440 million (approx. SEK 180 million) and the acquisition will be neutral to EPS from start. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions and is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2019.
HID Global, a worldwide provider of trusted identity solutions, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire LUX-IDent, a renowned provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) components, based in Lanskroun, Czech Republic. The acquisition extends HID’s market leadership in RFID technology and strengthens its presence in Central and Eastern Europe. “Our proven leadership in RFID technology positions HID as a premier source of components for a wide variety of RFID use cases and IoT applications. The acquisition of LUX-IDent further optimises our portfolio with more ways to offer customisation in both large and small volume projects,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global. Smart card manufacturers “Expanding our presence in Central and Eastern Europe with LUX-IDent will further enhance HID’s ability to serve customers locally while extending our RFID technology into emerging markets.” The company’s primary customers include smart card manufacturers, OEMs and system integrators LUX-IDent designs and manufactures RFID components such as inlays, pre laminates, smart labels, wristbands, key fobs, glass transponders and other finished tag products in low frequency (LF), high frequency (HF) including Near Field Communication (NFC) and ultra-high frequency (RAIN RFID). The company’s primary customers include smart card manufacturers, OEMs and system integrators. RFID component design With the expanded RFID components portfolio, HID will be able to better serve the reported $11 billion (USD) RFID market, broaden its smart label offering and address the large IoT spectrum with new capabilities in RFID component design and flexible manufacturing. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions, with the transaction expected to close in Q4 2019. Following the close, LUX-IDent will become part of HID’s Identification Technologies business area, which is led by Marc Bielmann, Vice President and Managing Director.
ASSA ABLOY has acquired Placard, Australia’s secure card manufacturer. "Placard is a strategic technological addition to the ASSA ABLOY Group. The company reinforces our current offering within secure cards. The acquisition of Placard considerably enhances the Group´s position in the Pacific smart card market and will provide complementary growth opportunities,” says Nico Delvaux, President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY. Strength of secure cards “Placard’s large installed base of customers in the Australasia region demonstrates the continued strength of secure cards and their relevance in the lives of millions of people every day,” says Stefan Widing, Executive Vice President and Head of HID Global. “Adding Placard to the HID portfolio will expand our value-add services and enhance our capabilities for trusted identities, while striking the balance between offering a broad range of card solutions and providing customers with the choice of digital IDs.” Placard was founded in 1987 and has some 170 employees. The main office is located in Melbourne, Australia. Sales for 2019 are expected to reach about AUD 63 million (approx. SEK 420 million) with a good EBIT margin and the acquisition will be accretive to EPS from start.
HID Global, a worldwide provider of trusted identity solutions, announced that it has acquired Placard, the largest manufacturer of secure cards in Australasia. The acquisition will enhance HID’s presence in the region. As a provider in the government, financial, transportation, retail, and enterprise sectors across the Pacific market, Placard produces a range of cards, including driver’s licences, health insurance cards and a variety of government IDs. The company also specialises in bank cards, retail loyalty cards, monetary gift cards, cards for public transportation and other cards used for enterprise applications. Card solutions “Placard’s large installed base of customers in the Australasia region demonstrates the continued strength of secure cards and their relevance in the lives of millions of people every day,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO with HID Global. Placard supports the end-to-end experience of customers’ card programs by offering a comprehensive suite of services “Adding Placard to the HID portfolio would expand our value-add services and enhance our capabilities for trusted identities, while striking the balance between offering a broad range of card solutions and providing customers with the choice of digital IDs as the next wave of the future.” High-quality cards Placard supports the end-to-end experience of customers’ card programs by offering a comprehensive suite of services, including in-house design, printing, manufacture, personalisation and distribution services. Placard’s secure manufacturing and bureau facilities are accredited to the highest level by Visa, MasterCard, China Union Pay and American Express. “Becoming part of HID Global will add innovative technology to Placard’s offerings, expanding our ability to serve customers in the Australasia region,” said Chris Nunis, CEO of Placard. “HID’s global resources, expertise and exciting vision is complementary to our focus on providing high-quality cards and services for a wide array of use cases. This next step with HID is a perfect fit in our evolution.” Placard will become a part of HID’s Identification Technologies business area, which is led by Marc Bielmann, Vice President and Managing Director.
HID Global®, a provider of trusted identity solutions, announces that it has acquired HydrantID, a provider of management and automation services to secure enterprise organisations’ data, IT systems, networks, and Internet of Things (IoT). Specialising in public key infrastructure (PKI) as a service, HydrantID has issued over three million PKI credentials and secured over 125,000 domains – a perfect complement to HID’s IdenTrust business, which is a pioneering digital certification authority. PKI-based authentication security HydrantID provides PKI-as-a-service solutions that address the critical security needs of networks HydrantID provides PKI-as-a-service solutions that address the critical security needs of networks and IoT system for enterprise, government, financial and other information security-conscious customers. The majority of these IoT systems are expected to be online by the year 2020 and use IP-based protocols requiring PKI-based authentication to secure the identities of machines on a network and IoT data. In addition, increased security and bot attacks against enterprise networks and remote devices, as well as regulatory changes and compliance issues, are creating new risks for small, medium and large enterprise organisations. PKI-based authentication security helps reduce the risks significantly. Improving information security “We are evolving HID’s Identity and Access Management business to provide one-stop solutions for PKI services across the enterprise,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO with HID Global. “With the acquisition of HydrantID, we are now able to offer enterprise customers a broader range of options, plus the flexibility and scalability of PKI-as-a-service to improve information security.” HydrantID offers proven certificate authority services that secure IoT systems and client certificates for ecommerce Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, HydrantID offers proven certificate authority services that secure IoT systems, enterprise networks, publicly trusted SSL website certificates and client certificates for ecommerce. Utilising hybrid-cloud trust architecture delivered from a state-of-the-art data centre and scalable cloud platform, HydrantID’s solution helps its customers reduce operating complexities while extending the use of certificate-based authentication and encryption across their organisation. Scalable certificate-based authentication A key benefit of HydrantID is its ability to automate certificate lifecycle events and distribution using industry-standard protocols and ‘out-of-the-box’ integration with common enterprise network software and platforms. The combination of HydrantID and HID IdenTrust certificate authority services will strengthen HID’s Identity and Access Management solution portfolio to solve customer’s digital security challenges. The joint solution portfolio will allow customers to deploy scalable certificate-based authentication and encryption for protection of complex enterprise data and IoT devices. HydrantID will join HID IdenTrust, under HID’s Identity and Access Management business led by Brad Jarvis, Vice President and Managing Director. In early 2019, HID IdenTrust was named the number one certification authority in the world for the second year in a row.
HID Global, globally renowned trusted identity solutions provider, has announced support for Seos-enabled student IDs in Apple Wallet. Beginning this fall, students, faculty and staff at Clemson University will be able to add their IDs to Apple Wallet and use their iPhone and Apple Watch to access buildings on campus, purchase meals and much more. Seos-enabled student IDs “HID Global is excited to play an important role in creating transformative connected university experiences that make it easy for students to simply use their iPhone or Apple Watch to enjoy all that daily campus life has to offer,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO with HID Global. HID’s technology and electronic locks from our parent company ASSA ABLOY are helping Clemson University students" Stefan adds, “HID’s broad range of technology and electronic locks from our parent company ASSA ABLOY are helping Clemson University students, faculty and staff take full advantage of convenient mobility applications. This fall, their Apple devices can be used for everything from entering buildings – such as residence halls and individual rooms – to buying meals, accessing the gym, and using secure print services and numerous other university resources.” iCLASS SE reader modules To support student IDs in Apple Wallet on iPhone and Apple Watch, HID provides Seos-enabled credentials, HID iCLASS SE and HID OMNIKEY readers, embedded HID iCLASS SE reader modules, and Corbin Russwin and SARGENT electronic locks from ASSA ABLOY. Through HID’s support of student IDs in Apple Wallet, Clemson students will be able to seamlessly access residence halls, libraries and fitness centers, buy lunch, make purchases at the university store, print documents and more by placing their iPhone or Apple Watch near a reader where contactless student ID cards are accepted. Contactless student IDs Contactless student IDs are supported on iPhone 6 and later and iPhone SE. On iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, student IDs may still be used for up to five hours in power reserve mode when the iPhone battery needs to be charged. Student IDs in Apple Wallet are not only convenient, they also provide an extra level of security as students no longer have to worry about misplacing their physical card. School credential provisioning is protected by two factor authentication.
ASSA ABLOY signs an agreement to acquire the international identity solutions business of De La Rue, a passport manufacturer based in the UK. "De La Rue´s international identity solutions business is a strategic technological addition to the ASSA ABLOY Group. The company reinforces our current offering within secure identity solutions. The acquisition of De La Rue's identity solutions business considerably enhances the Group´s position within citizen ID and will provide complementary growth opportunities,” says Nico Delvaux, President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY. Expanded range of e-government solutions expected “With complementary products, solutions and services that are highly synergistic with HID Global’s current offerings, De La Rue’s identity solutions business is an excellent strategic fit with our mission to power the trusted identities of the world’s people, places and things,” says Stefan Widing, Executive Vice President and Head of HID Global. “Customers of both organisations will benefit from the expanded range of e-government solutions that will be offered as a result of the acquisition.” The identity solutions business of De La Rue has some 200 employees, and the main office is located in Basingstoke, UK. Sales for the acquired business’ fiscal year to 30 March 2019 was about GBP 38 million (approx. SEK 460 million) and the acquisition will be neutral to EPS from start. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions and is expected to close during the third quarter of 2019.
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.
HID Global, a provider of trusted identity solutions, today announced the appointments of two high-profile senior executives to the HID leadership team to support growth targets, continued market expansion, customer relevance and innovation. The new executives bring extensive experience, business acumen and technical prowess to HID Global: Jessica Westerouen van Meeteren, who was formerly the Executive Vice President of the Citizen Identity Business Unit at IDEMIA, has joined HID as VP and Managing Director of the Citizen ID Business. Rameshbabu Songukrishnasamy, who was formerly VP Engineering and CTO at Honeywell Security & Fire, has been appointed as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of HID Global. Actively expanding opportunities "I am pleased that we have added top talent to HID’s senior leadership team and strengthened our ability to deliver on our exciting vision for the future," said Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global. "HID is driving innovation and growth, and we are actively expanding opportunities for our teams of smart, forward-thinking people to take HID to the next level." "I am truly excited to be joining HID Global, a provider of trusted identity solutions that literally impact millions of people every day," said Jessica Westerouen van Meeteren, VP and Managing Director, Citizen ID business with HID Global. It is a place full of opportunities for engineers to make a huge difference" Digital-based approach "The citizen identity market is at an inflection point that will create real change. I see the opportunity for HID to lead the way and help guide governments through this transformation, ranging from a shift to mobile IDs and a more holistic, digital-based approach to managing the identities of people in a country." "I love the commitment to innovation and the focus on growth that HID Global has. It is a place full of opportunities for engineers to make a huge difference," said Ramesh Songukrishnasamy, SVP and Chief Technology Officer, HID Global. "I want to build on HID’s strong reputation and help fuel the company’s growth for years to come."
HID Global, global trusted identity solutions provider has announced that it has been appointed the ‘official ticket maker’ for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the largest and most important sports event in the world. HID Global will deliver more than 3 million secure RFID tickets for the 64 matches of the 2018 World Cup, which will be held in 11 host cities of the Russian Federation from 14 June to 15 July 2018. The 2018 FIFA World Cup ticket is a smart ticket containing a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) inlay and manufactured with special security papers The 2018 FIFA World Cup ticket is a smart ticket containing a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) inlay and manufactured with special security papers and integrates several security features designed to prevent counterfeiting and forgery. Data that is stored in a ticket’s RFID chip is encrypted and digitally signed. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tickets “HID Global is providing FIFA with a formidable defence against ticket fraud and simplifying the process of a fan’s picking a ticket and using it to tap and go into the stadium,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global. “We’re confident that this RFID solution, along with the other advanced ticket security features, will give FIFA and attendees an extra level of security and a better overall FIFA World Cup experience.” Illicit ticket sales are a major concern for FIFA World Cup events, where tickets are always in very high demand. In a recent press release, FIFA reminded prospective tournament attendees that “FIFA regards the illicit sale and distribution of tickets as a serious issue and in cooperation with local authorities, including consumer protection agencies in numerous countries, strives to identify and curb unauthorised ticket sales.” FIFA cautions soccer fans that tickets obtained from any other source than the official FIFA.com/tickets website will be automatically cancelled once identified, barring the holder access to the stadium or to any refund or other compensation. RFID differs from traditional barcoded tickets, which can more easily be counterfeited RFID technology helps curb ticket fraud RFID differs from traditional barcoded tickets, which can more easily be counterfeited. RFID transmits the unique identity of a ticket and ticket holder via radio waves. Unlike barcode readers, RFID scanners do not need a line of sight with the RFID chips. This means attendees can simply tap their tickets to a reader to validate them and gain access to an event, speeding up admissions dramatically in high-volume events such as World Cup matches. As part of the project, HID Global has also provided pre-personalisation, fulfillment, consignment and delivery services for the secure tickets, in addition to the development of middleware and a key management system dedicated to the event cycle, including the libraries for the access control device key management. HID’s ticketing solution represents a new way to provide secure tickets at an event and play “goalkeeper” against fraud.
HID Global, a provider of trusted identity solutions, has announced that the government of Tanzania has selected HID as its prime supplier for an end-to-end solution for issuing electronic passports as part of Tanzania’s transformative e-Immigration programme. The new ePassport was unveiled publicly as part of the inauguration of the end-to-end solution provided by HID Global. The solution incorporates advanced physical and electronic security features, automated passport verification capabilities and support for international standards. Marked by visually stunning landmark imagery, such as Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar’s House of Wonders, the new Tanzania ePassport contains a contactless chip embedded in its polycarbonate datapage, which is proven as tamper-proof. HID Polycarbonate Electronic Datapage HID Global has partnered with DLRS Group for the manufacture of the passport booklets incorporating HID’s polycarbonate electronic datapage. This is the same partnership as for the current award-winning Irish electronic passport, with both the booklet and datapage manufactured at the two companies’ facilities in Ireland.The new ePassport will increase security and make travel easier for the country’s citizens The new ePassport will increase security while, at the same time, making travel easier for the country’s citizens, such as simply scanning their passports electronically at border control stations upon entry and exit. In addition, the new ePassport conforms to all international standards as set out by the International Civil Aviation Organization, ensuring seamless interactions by Tanzanians as they travel the world. “Tanzania is taking a leap forward in providing an electronic passport for our citizens,” said Dr. Anna Peter Makakala, Tanzania’s Commissioner General of Immigration. “Our people will be proud knowing they are carrying one of the most secure and modern passports in the world and can take advantage of some of the most advanced technology available.” New passports help enhance security Tanzania is not only modernising government services, but also raising security by enhancing the existing issuance process. Verifying the identities of travellers is a high priority for governments worldwide, as they crack down on counterfeit passports and upgrade border facilities. The e-Immigration solution includes an ePassport issuance system and personalisation facilities in Dar-Es-Salam and Zanzibar -- equipping the application centres and embassies – as well as biometric matching, border control, e-Visas, e-Permits and delivery of electronic passport books. Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global, said, “We worked very closely with Tanzania’s government to conceptualise and bring into being this state-of the-art passport solution. Their government’s vision for faster, more secure electronic verification of identities matched our end-to-end solution capabilities for citizen identity. Working on a strict timeline, the Immigration team in Tanzania was a strong partner with us to deliver on this exemplary government project.”One of many benefits of the new e-passport solution from HID Global is that the holder can have an “emergency passport” on their smart phone Emergency passport on smartphone One of many benefits of the new e-passport solution from HID Global is that the holder can have an “emergency passport” on their smart phone, if their passport is stolen or lost in another country. The emergency passport, verifiable electronically by the embassy, allows the traveller to obtain the necessary document to return home or request a replacement passport without the need for further online checks, filling out forms or other time-consuming tasks. This mobile emergency passport is made possible using HID’s award-winning Seosâ technology for mobile citizen IDs, called HID goID. HID Global has shipped more than 150 million government-issued IDs in over 50 countries for major projects that include national ID, e-passport, foreign resident ID, driver’s licence and vehicle registration programmes. HID products and technology are present in sixty percent of all government issued electronic identity projects globally. Leveraging this experience, HID Global has formed a multi-year relationship with the government of Tanzania to ensure the highest levels of security for many years to come.
HID Global®, a subsidiary of ASSA ABLOY specialising in trusted identity solutions, has signed an agreement to acquire Mercury Security, an OEM supplier of controllers for physical access control. Mercury Security has over three million controllers installed at tens of thousands of sites worldwide, including at more than 90 of the Fortune 100 companies. Mercury’s intelligent controllers, interface boards and software complement HID’s readers, smart cards and mobile IDs for opening doors. Advancing HID global leadership “The acquisition of Mercury Security will advance HID‘s global leadership in the physical access control industry, adding Mercury Security’s high-quality controllers to HID’s product portfolio while extending HID’s installed base of millions of users beyond the readers and smart cards that we are already well known for,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global. “Customers of both HID and Mercury Security will benefit from tighter and more seamless integration of controllers with readers and credentials, as well as from our shared vision for an open, flexible approach to access control.” Selling Mercury Security Products to HID Global is Access Control Related Enterprises, LLC (ACRE), owner of Vanderbilt, a manufacturer of access control, intrusion and video solutions, and ComNet, a manufacturer of video and data transmission equipment. ACRE CEO Joseph Grillo stated, “Divesting Mercury after many years of success since ACRE purchased the business in 2013 is a strategic move that allows ACRE to focus on its core Access Control, Video and Intrusion businesses under the Vanderbilt and ComNet brands. HID is the perfect home to provide for the continued growth and success of Mercury, which will remain a valued technology supplier to Vanderbilt.” Mercury has relationships with nearly all the significant OEM partners and has been working together with HID as a partner for over a decade Closing the acquisition HID’s acquisition of Mercury Security is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. The closing of the deal is expected to happen by Q4 2017. Financial terms of the agreement are not being publicly disclosed. Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. and Raymond James & Associates, Inc., acted as financial advisors to ACRE and Mercury. Based in Long Beach, California, Mercury has relationships with nearly all the significant OEM partners and has been working together with HID as a partner for over a decade. Pending the close, the Mercury Security team will report into HID’s Physical Access Control Solutions (PACS) business, which is led by Harm Radstaak, Vice President and Managing Director. The remaining ACRE portfolio consists of global brands and provides over 2,000 products across access control, intrusion, video and cloud-based access and video systems in 95 countries. ComNet offers a broad line of fibre optic, copper, and wireless video and data transmission equipment designed for security and surveillance applications in intelligent transportation systems, utility and industrial markets. ACRE security industry acquisitions ACRE was formed in 2012 by security industry veteran Joseph Grillo as a platform to consolidate acquisitions in the electronic security industry. ACRE acquired the Schlage SMS business from Ingersoll Rand in 2012, followed by the 2013 acquisition of Mercury, the 2015 purchase of the Security Products Division of Siemens AG, and the 2016 acquisitions of Access Control Technology (ACT) and ComNet. Millions of people around the world use HID products and services to navigate their everyday lives, and over 2 billion things are connected through HID technology. HID works with governments, educational institutions, hospitals, financial institutions, industrial businesses and some of the most innovative companies on the planet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 3,200 employees worldwide and operates in more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand.
HID Global, a worldwide provider of trusted identity solutions, announced that it has acquired Arjo Systems SAS, a provider of physical and digital identity solutions for secure government ID applications. Arjo Systems gives HID Global broader capabilities to deploy electronic identification (eID) and ePassport solutions for government programs. “Our acquisition of Arjo Systems significantly advances our Government-to-Citizen ID business, broadening our geographical reach and giving us critical mass,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global. “Arjo Systems is a strong fit for HID Global, complementing our existing government ID offerings with an expanded range of capabilities for government agencies, state printers and local integrators.” Growth for government-to-citizen ID solutions The acquisition brings together complementary strategies, customer bases and offerings that have strong synergies to support continued innovation for government-to-citizen ID customers. Arjo Systems boosts HID as an eID and ePassport solutions provider with complementary products and new software capabilities, one of the few proven eID/ePassport chip operating systems, integration services and market knowledge, expanding HID Global’s presence in select emerging markets, as HID looks to better support government customers and integrators alike. Merging capabilities Arjo Systems will be merged with HID Global’s existing Government ID Solutions business. With approximately 100 employees overall, Arjo Systems will continue its operations in France, Italy and Hong Kong. Anchored by more than two decades of experience in the government market, HID Global has shipped more than 150 million government-issued IDs in over 50 countries for major projects that include national ID, e-passport, foreign resident ID, driver’s license and vehicle registration programs.
The forecast for 2017 is also based on a breakthrough in adoption of mobile identity technology in 2016 HID Global, a provider of trusted identity solutions, forecasts a shift in the use of identity technology that will lead to increased adoption of mobile devices and the latest smart card technology, a greater emphasis and reliance on the cloud, and a radical new way of thinking of trust in smart environments and Internet of Things (IoT). Ultimately, HID Global predicts the 2017 trends will transform the way trusted identities are used with smart cards, mobile devices, wearables, embedded chips and other smart objects, particularly in industries focused on regulatory compliance, such as government, finance and healthcare markets. This shift will precipitate the move from legacy systems to NFC, Bluetooth Low Energy, and advanced smart card technology to meet the evolving needs of enterprises and governments worldwide. Adoption of mobile technology The forecast for 2017 is also based on a breakthrough in adoption of mobile identity technology in 2016. Exemplifying industry-wide trending, HID Global experienced tremendous uptick in customer deployments of its broad mobility solutions and has a strong pipeline of future customer installations in the works to make verification of identities optimised for mobile applications.“HID Global has forecasted top trends based on our broad view of the market in close collaboration with customers and partners who are assessing and deploying innovative solutions across markets worldwide,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global. “We have been at the forefront of major technology shifts over the years and HID Global believes 2017 will mark an important phase in the industry, as organisations seek to use the broadest range of smart devices ever. This will directly impact how customers view and use trusted identities on both mobile devices and smart cards for more activities in more connected environments in the years ahead.” Advanced smart cards usage HID Global focuses on four significant trends in 2017 that will influence how organisations create, manage, and use trusted identities in a broad range of existing and new use cases.Stronger adoption of mobile devices and advanced smart cards underscores the need for trusted identities: Similar to the adoption of consumer trends to IT in past years, 2017 will also see further consumerisation of security, with heightened demand from users seeking to open doors, and login to cloud-based resources, as well as have personalised on-demand printing of documents, and to deploy printed credentials remotely or conduct other transactions and daily activities using trusted IDs on their phone, wearable or smart card. Trusted IDs that integrate security, privacy and convenience will provide a new level of assurance to these applications and transactions, while being uniquely positioned to make secure access more personalised to the individual. The industry will look towards complete identity relationship management that considers the need to grant access based on the context or circumstances for risk-appropriate authentication across trusted identities assigned to people, devices, data and things in smart offices, buildings and other environments that are becoming more connected every day. Hybrid security solutions Trusted identities will change the way citizens interact with government agencies and systems Greater emphasis on the cloud through hybrid solutions that combine on-premises and the cloud to create common management platforms for digital IDs: Organisations are recognising the interdependencies of technologies and platforms needed for business agility, cost management and providing a better user experience within a mobile workforce, or for digital commerce and relationship management that continues to require more reach, flexibility, security. In banking, government, healthcare and other regulated markets, multi-factor authentication for physical and IT access control will have more opportunities to merge into integrated systems that will also provide a more convenient experience for users and increase security. This model will make it easier for administrators to deploy and maintain an integrated system throughout the complete identity lifecycle—from onboarding to offboarding. It will make it possible to monitor and manage employees’ access rights as their role changes within an organisation, ensuring employees only have access to what they need in a current role. Credential issuance for physical ID cards will also experience a digital transformation, as the use of cloud technologies will enable managed service models for badge printing and encoding. Internet of Trusted ThingsEmerging IoT uses cases to connect, more people, places, and things, increasing the need to ensure the Internet of Trusted Things (IoTT): Trusted identities will increasingly be employed to help secure, customise, and enhance the user experience across a growing range of industry segments that are embracing the power of the IoT. Organisations will look towards streamlining processes and operations using real-time location systems, presence- and proximity-based location functionality, condition monitoring solutions, beacons and cloud-based models for emerging IoT applications using Bluetooth Low Energy. These applications will include a growing number of energy efficient, productivity and safety-oriented use cases that will need to know the identity of occupants in a physical space to manage environmental conditions, book meeting rooms and auto-configure audio visual equipment and alarms. Bluetooth Low Energy-based solutions will also advance existing secure proof of presence capabilities to include the predictive analytics and functionality based on location-based technologies. Credential issuance for physical ID cards will also experience a digital transformation Embedding trusted identitiesEmbedding trusted identities more deeply in everyday activities for businesses and consumers: Trusted identities will become an embedded feature of more use cases rather than simply an add-on capability. This trend of “security by design” will lead to many more convenient approaches to using digital identities across a growing variety of activities, services and industries. Along with popular secure access use cases, new applications will emerge, such as employee mustering capabilities to address emergencies as well as the need to more accurately determine who is in a building in real-time. New capabilities for managing and using trusted IDs will be driven by the increase of temporary offices, mobile knowledge workers and the evolution of the workplace, where adapting to the preferences of today’s talent pool is driving the need for more open, flexible workspaces. Consumers also will begin seeing trusted identities used in many everyday scenarios, such as guaranteeing authorised use of corporate and heavy machinery fleets, as well as creating new ways to safeguard students and validate drivers. Application areas These trends will drive new user experiences that are tailored to vertical market requirements. Following are three particularly compelling examples: Banking: A digital identity transformation will drive consistency across multiple service channels to improve the user experience, from faster instant issuance that is revolutionising the way customers receive new or replacement debit and credit cards, to “out-of-band” mobile push capabilities that increase trust and reduce fraud for consumers, and deliver a much easier path to compliance for financial institutions. Digital IDs will also push the industry to increase trust levels by better associating a user’s true identity (biometrics) with their digital identities. A digital identity transformation will drive consistency across multiple service channels to improve the user experience Government: Trusted identities will change the way citizens interact with government agencies and systems. Passports, national IDs, driver licenses and other credentials will co-exist with new disruptive technologies to change the way IDs are issued by government agencies and used by citizens. Citizen IDs are poised to move to mobile phones this year, where state and national governments will begin offering mobile driver’s licenses and other mobile identity IDs as an option alongside the physical document. Meanwhile, the combination of mobile with innovative physical and logical features will provide more options for government agencies to stay ahead of the counterfeiters by advancing the security, personalisation, management and issuance of physical documents. Healthcare: In the increasingly connected healthcare environment, institutions will seek to implement better systems to improve the patient experience and enhance efficiencies, while safeguarding and managing access to equipment, facilities, patient data, and electronic prescriptions of controlled substances (EPCS) across the healthcare continuum. From hospital to home, healthcare organisations will seek to employ a combination of strong authentication, and new IoT applications to address these challenges. HID Global anticipates the shift in the use of identity technology will drive industry trends in 2017, along with new solutions and capabilities that enhance the user experience for years to come.
Bluvision is a complete IoT ecosystem provider, offering real-time location system technology HID Global, a worldwide manufacturer of trusted identity solutions, announces that it has acquired Bluvision, a leading Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) provider in the enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) market. The acquisition transaction closed today. Financial terms are not being disclosed. Reasons for acquisition Bluvision is a complete IoT ecosystem provider, offering real-time location system technology, presence and proximity-based location capabilities and condition monitoring solutions as well as cloud infrastructure, gateways, beacons and software as a service (SaaS). The company is a perfect fit for HID Global and will: Expand HID’s real-time asset tracking capabilities Boost HID’s ability to address the IoT market with Bluetooth offerings, and Extend HID’s cloud services for access control and related applications. “Bluvision will expand HID Global’s offerings with BLE products and help us further differentiate from the competition,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global. “We are extending our lead in BLE-based IoT solutions that we created when we launched our mobile access solution two years ago. With our combined solutions and technologies, our customers' ability to manage assets and people within buildings will increase significantly.” Next level IoT space Jimmy Buchheim, the head of Bluvision, said, “Becoming part of HID Global, Bluvision will have the support and expertise to continue driving technology to the next level in the Internet of Things space for years to come and speed up our cycles of innovation. We share a common vision with HID Global to deliver an unparalleled combination of accuracy, convenience, security and scalability that enables our customers to determine the specific location and condition of assets and people in real time in ways that were previously not possible.” The Bluvision team will report to Marc Bielmann, VP & Managing Director of the Identification Technologies business within HID Global. The addition of Bluvision’s products expands HID Global’s “component continuum” from high-end, passive RFID components (LF/HF/UHF) to active BLE. In addition, Bluzone from Bluvision delivers cloud services that are well aligned with HID Global’s data services strategy. Bluvision will continue to maintain its operations in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
HID Global services help customers deploy innovative security solutions HID Global, a provider of secure identity solutions, released a mid-year update to its top 2016 security trends, based on customer insights into key market developments across enterprise, healthcare, banking, and government markets. In the first six months of the year, the company noted continued forward movement in market adoption of mobile solutions and interest in the Internet of Things, as customers place more value on seamless environments that require trusted digital identities with heightened security and privacy protection. "Customers are increasingly investing in solutions that give them the flexibility to incorporate new and better capabilities that deliver a more satisfying connected experience for their users,” said Stefan Widing, HID Global President and CEO. “As we move through the middle of the year, we are experiencing a dramatic increase in customer demand for mobility, a better user experience, and connected environments. We have also forged new partnerships with major industry players who have the same vision to create an extraordinary user experience and we look forward to unveiling more about these partnerships as deployments progress throughout the year.” Following are HID Global’s mid-year updates to the trends that the company forecasted in January: Mobilising security Trend #1: “Mobilising” security will make it more pervasive and personalised: a new, more secure identity lifestyle will be built around the convenience of ever-present mobile devices. Computer and network logon, driver licenses and other applications will more seamlessly join physical security functions on phones, tablets, and laptops. Wearables will be the next step, and phones will also work with RFID tags to add security and trust to the IoT for proof-of-presence applications. Mid-year update: Demand for mobile solutions continues to grow, along with an increasing focus on security issues. Multiple studies revealed fears about mobile security, countered by growing demand in for the benefits of online and mobile functionality. The definition of mobility is also expanding to encompass the broader idea of “on-the-go” convenience and efficiency, where smartphones can be used as both a credential and a general-purpose reader for new use cases. In a recent deployment at the CityPoint building in London, security guards are able use their smartphones as NFC readers; with a tap of their phone to RFID tags, guards can check keys in and out and prove presence at shift checkpoints. "Mobilising" security will makeit more pervasive andpersonalised: a new, moresecure identity lifestyle will bebuilt around the convenienceof ever-present mobile devices User experience Trend #2: Security will move to a much greater focus on the user experience: This will help close the gap between planning and compliance, while ensuring that security adapts to rather than defines end-user habits and lifestyles. Old ways of authenticating will be replaced by more satisfying alternatives. Mid-year update: Customers continue to want an easier, more trustworthy way to use digital identities to access on-the-go services and applications. Studies repeatedly highlighted the importance of the user experience - the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific study ranked it among the top two most important drivers for deploying mobile access control over the next three years. Biometrics continued to emerge as an effective solution for bringing together security and convenience together -- this approach is now used at four of Brazil’s top five financial institutions to simplify an estimated two billion trusted ATM transactions annually. Connected identities Trend #3: Secure, connected identities will fuel safety and innovation in how we work, shop and play: The industry will enter its next new chapter of connected identities, employing multi-layered security strategies that also include biometrics in order to bind these identities to their legitimate owners. Mid-year update: An explosion of trusted digital identities began ushering in new innovation opportunities during the first half of the year. This trend is being fuelled by a growing interest in wearables and use of sensors for IoT-based solutions aimed at new use cases for employee productivity, asset tracking, energy management and employee safety. These developments serve as critical points of unification for trusted identities that make digital interactions more personal, contextual, and valuable, and will pave the way for innovations like building occupant apps for the smart facility that enhance the user experience. During 2016, financial institutions made some of the most visible advances on the trust front, adopting a multi-layered approach to addressing potential mobile banking challenges at both the front end (consumer devices) and the back end (banking systems that recognise and facilitate legitimate user requests through mobile devices). Privacy and protection Trend #4: There will be more attention on privacy in an increasingly connected and mobile-first world: Identity will expand beyond people and their personal identity to the identity of objects and their authenticity, accentuating the need to protect personal information across increasingly interconnected devices, services, and applications. Identity will expand beyondpeople and their personal identityto the identity of objects and their authenticity, accentuating theneed to protect personalinformation Mid-year update: Gartner forecasts that 5.5 million new “things” are getting connected every day in 2016, increasing the need for embedded security and privacy technology across the payments, transportation, industrial, consumer and healthcare markets. In the earlier CityPoint example, this “Security of Things” goal is achieved by adding trust to RFID tags and to their interactions with mobile devices. Biometrics also continues to play a pivotal role in privacy protection for an increasingly connected world, and solutions became available in early 2016 that include intelligent encryption-enabled and tamper-resistant fingerprint devices to more effectively address these challenges. Security policies Trend #5: Security policies and best practices will become as important as technology advances: The industry will sharpen its focus on not only what to deploy, but how – from the first U.S. mobile driver licenses to unified credential management systems that enable organisations to more holistically address both facility and information security. Rather than focus exclusively on preventing breaches, the industry will also adopt best practices for controlling what happens afterwards, so stolen identities are useless to thieves. Mid-year update: Through mid-year, the world moved closer to deploying driver licenses on mobile phones, while two key policy issues emerged through mid-year: protecting privacy by using a smartphone’s Bluetooth connection so users needn’t physically relinquish their smartphones to officers and officials, and ensuring citizens can control what data is made available to others. Beyond citizen ID, general security best practices and policies remain important for virtually any organisation, and demand grew for HID Global services that help customers deploy innovative solutions to meet compliance, security, and risk management needs, while enabling new, value-added capabilities. HID Global’s Seos credential technology continues to help drive these trends, enabling organisations to confidently incorporate mobile solutions and empower their users with new applications and capabilities. Save
NXP Semiconductors N.V. recently announced a strategic collaboration with HID Global®. The HID Global Seos® credential technology will be embedded in NXP’s SmartMX-based secure element devices. Through the collaboration, NXP and HID Global aim to enable the use of wearable devices, to open electronic locks at commercial buildings, hotels and workplaces in the future. Additionally, NXP and HID Global are cooperating on a broad range of opportunities to expand the adoption of secure access to more applications and use cases. Wearables manufacturers worldwide with the Seos-ready NXP chips can enable users with building and parking access, PC login, authentication to IT systems and cloud applications, secure print job collection, time and attendance, point of sale and automated cashless vending, along with numerous other use cases supported by Seos. HID Global’s field programmers will support these use cases in Seos-ready wearables simply with the support of loading digital credentials of specified applications. Addition of Seos access onto NXP security elements “As the lines between personal and business use of devices continues to blur, the agreement with NXP marks an important step in HID Global’s commitment to extend options that allow manufacturers and end users to carry trusted identities on more smart devices for existing and emerging use cases,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global. “It also reinforces the interoperability and potential for mass-market adoption of Seos by major industry players who seek open, standards-based technology that work in mixed technology environments.” “Consumers should expect more from their wearables,” said Sami Nassar Vice President of Cyber Security Solutions at NXP Semiconductors. “Through this partnership and with the addition of Seos access onto NXP security elements, we created a powerful turnkey solution enabling wearables to provide access to enterprise, buildings and homes with a simple ‘tap’. NXP customers and partners will have even more options in logical and physical access when embedding a secure element in wearable devices.”
A highlight of initiative is HID’s latest mobility solutions unveiled at ISC West, including goID platform, Mobile Access enhancements, & more HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, has introduced a mobility initiative that includes solutions, services, investments and alliances that expand the capabilities of trusted IDs on mobile devices across a growing range of access control, authentication and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. A highlight of the initiative is the company’s latest mobility solutions unveiled at ISC West 2016, including the new HID goID™ platform for mobile IDs which makes it possible to carry a driver license and other citizen IDs on smartphones, and new enhancements to HID Mobile Access® that now enable the use of smartwatches and tablets, in addition to smartphones, for secure access to buildings. “The HID Global mobility initiative dramatically elevates how users regard security by enabling them to confidently connect to and use more applications, on the go, than ever before, with a single, trusted ID that can be carried on a smart device,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global. “During the past several years, we’ve led the market in taking the first steps to turn smartphones into ID cards, keys and computer logon tools, with rapid growth in enterprise adoption of HID Mobile Access this year. Now, HID Global is driving advancements that will usher in an era of connected and trusted identities that become the heart of a more secure digital lifestyle built around the convenience and ubiquity of our ever-present mobile devices.” HID Global’s growing mobility offering is aimed at driving new levels of convenience and empowerment to transform the user experience in today’s increasingly connected, mobile-first world. New solutions launched at ISC West as part of the mobility initiative include: HID goID™ Platform for Mobile IDs: An important step toward making the vision of mobile citizen IDs a reality, the HID goID™ platform for mobile IDs enables federal, state and local government agencies to issue credentials over the air to citizens’ smartphones for driver’s licenses, passports, social security cards and other national ID documents. It also makes it possible for a smartphone to serve as an all-in-one secure credential and ID reader, providing the choice to eliminate ID readers at border crossings and other locations. New HID Mobile Access capabilities, including support for Apple Watch, Android Wear and tablets: New capabilities provide smart device choice, beyond the smartphone, to open doors and gates. New HID Mobile Access Portal and App software developer kits (SDKs) enable partners and end-users to create innovative, customised mobile access solutions that can be fully integrated into their back-end systems. New services to meet compliance, security and risk management needs: HID Professional Services™ provide customers with the technical expertise to design and implement mobile access and strong authentication solutions for secure access to data, cloud-based applications and web services. "The HID Global mobility initiative dramatically elevates how users regard security by enabling them to confidently connect to and use more applications, on the go, than ever before, with a single, trusted ID that can be carried on a smart device" says Stefan Widing, President and CEO, HID Global Over the past 18 months, HID Global has steadily integrated mobility into the security experience through numerous new solutions and services, strategic partnerships and investments. As the company’s mobility initiative has expanded and accelerated, it has: Improved the convenience of enterprise strong authentication: ActivID® Tap Authentication for Microsoft enables users to simply tap their smart card to laptops, tablets, phones and other NFC-enabled devices for easy and convenient access to Office365 and other cloud apps and web-based services. Created a better and more secure banking experience: Mobile Push notifications for ActivID® Trusted Transactions eliminate the hassle of PINs, passwords and authentication challenge questions by turning the smartphone into a security token. Enabled new IoT applications: HID Trusted Tag® Services have added trust to NFC transactions, enabling IoT applications that would otherwise be vulnerable to risk or simply not possible. Security guards and other “lone workers” can verify they are where they are supposed to be on their rounds. Strengthened HID Global’s mobility portfolio through strategic partnerships and acquisitions: Partnerships with Samsung, NXP and other industry-leading companies to forward the adoption of mobile solutions. HID Global’s Lumidigm® acquisition expanded its biometrics capabilities, and the acquisition of Quantum Secure provides the ability to automate access control by adding an integrated physical security policy platform for managing secure identities, compliance and operational analytics across multiple sites and systems. Forrester Research said in its 2016 Mobile Predictions report that mobile devices will become users’ go-to technology, and mobile will act as a catalyst to transform businesses in the Age of the Customer. The firm also said in its 2015 Mobile Security Playbook that security leaders are struggling to accommodate a mobile mind shift in the enterprise and must balance security and privacy concerns with the importance of user experience and the business objectives of the enterprise. HID Global’s mobility solutions are powered by the company’s award-winning Seos® technology, which adds trust to identities, so users can confidently embrace and use new applications that simplify and enrich their lives. As the underlying technology for solutions leveraged by enterprises, banks, hospitals, universities and other organisations, Seos is also used by HID Global’s parent company ASSA ABLOY in the successful Starwood Keyless entry program, where hotel guests around the world open guest rooms with their smartphones. Live demonstrations at ISC West 2016 in Booth #11063 Visit HID Global’s booth for a wide range of mobility demonstrations, along with the company’s broad portfolio of solutions for creating, managing and using secure identities.