HID Global Launches "HID Identity" at ISC West; New Organization Targets the Growing Demand for Identity Credential Deployment

IRVINE, CA, March 28, 2007—HID Global, a leading manufacturer in the access control industry, announced today from the ISC West Convention in Las Vegas, the launch of HID Identity, a new organization offering a comprehensive set of solutions for the deployment of contact and contactless smart card-based identity credentials. HID Global will create HID Identity by combining AccessID, a leading custom security card solutions provider, and Synercard, a developer of critically acclaimed photo ID card and application control software.

The new organization will benefit end-users by providing solutions and expertise that will help streamline and simplify the acquisition and issuance of access control and multi-application credentials. HID Identity will help end-users achieve an important identity management goal – issuing a single secure credential that links the enterprise’s diverse set of applications. “End- users are frustrated by how difficult it is to issue a single credential that works across all their applications – physical access control, logical access, time and attendance, cashless vending, etc. With HID Identity, this problem is eliminated and the credential is provisioned for multiple uses right out of the printer,” remarks Dennis Caulley, the new organization’s leader.

By merging AccessID and Synercard, HID Global has combined specialists in the design and manufacture of secure access control and identity credentials with experts in the design and development of software used to personalize, provision and issue credentials. The result is a highly focused HID Identity team with unique skills and abilities to help dealers and integrators provide end-to-end secure identity credential products and services.

HID Identity will offer its suite of solutions through integrator, dealer, distribution and OEM channels. The organization will be based in HID’s card center of excellence, in North Haven, CT. Products and services will be available to international customers through HID Global’s regional sales and service organizations based in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.

“HID Identity represents a combined portfolio of compelling capabilities that will enable us to offer customers unique solutions – solutions which will continue to expand as the identity management landscape evolves,” said Denis Hébert, president and CEO, HID Global. “This corporate move was a logical first step in a phased approach designed to provide HID’s customers with the most comprehensive set of solutions available and more effectively service our existing access control channels as well as emerging vertical markets such as higher education, government, transportation and financial services.”

A component of HID Identity will focus on providing OEM’s with trusted software platforms, as well as assisting channel partners with integration services to end customers. The organization will also leverage HID Global’s Fargo embedded/encoded printer solutions, along with its valued reputation as the “Trusted Advisor” and its worldwide network of more than 100 application solutions partners.