Migration trend in Korea

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Over the years, Korean organizations such as the army, other government agencies, financial institutions and other enterprise organizations have been using legacy, low frequency technology cards for physical and logical access control.

In addition and due to rapid growth, decentralized administration systems and/or multiple physical locations, an organization may end up with several different access control systems. Since new technology offers the ability to issue or change credentials remotely, it’s now possible to integrate access control into one system that is centrally managed. Standardizing all locations and employees into one system can increase security and improve resource management, thus driving the desire to migrate to high frequency smart card technology.

In response, today’s platforms have evolved to support the convergence of multiple technologies and applications in the single reader-credential solution. Multi-technology cards bridge the gap between just about any legacy system and today’s secure contactless technology. A single smart card can securely house up to four different access control technologies, including Weigand, magstripe, low frequency, high frequency, or a contact chip.

Another way to handle migration is to install readers that use both the old, low frequency and new, high frequency technologies. This provides a high level of flexibility for an organization to develop a migration plan that serves its unique requirements. New multi-technology readers combine a wide variety of low frequency technologies with high frequency contactless smart card and reader technologies into one platform, enabling the use of existing credentials, deployment of multi-technology cards, and the transition to new, contactless, smart-card technology without having to change the access control system cardholder database.

Solutions such as HID Global’s 13.56 MHz contactless smart card readers and credentials provide versatile interoperability while also supporting the convergence of multiple applications, such as biometric authentication, cashless vending and secure PC logon.

All of these factors are continually driving the increase demand for migration solutions; this increase is also reflected in recent access control deployments in Asia, including the Postal Savings Bank of China and others.  As government and commercial organizations continue to follow this trend, migration to high frequency credential and reader technologies are expected to fuel the next phase of growth in Korea.