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ActivIDentity joins HID Global

By Canadian Security   


HID Global has announced the completion of its parent company ASSA ABLOY’s acquisition of ActivIDentity. The acquisition will expand HID Global’s logical access offering and create a unique portfolio of converged physical and logical access solutions. These solutions will enable existing and future enterprise, financial services and government customers to meet their security and compliance requirements with the industry’s broadest range of user authentication products.

ActivIDentity’s solutions are used to confidently establish a person’s identity for digital interactions, also known as logical access control. There is growing demand to combine this capability with the kinds of solutions that HID has traditionally offered for physical access control and secure card issuance. These converged solutions will enable a single smart card to support multiple authentication methods and enforce policies throughout the enterprise, providing multilayered security across company networks, systems and facilities, protecting an organization’s intellectual property and information assets.

“HID Global has long been recognized as the security industry leader in physical access control and secure card issuance,” said Denis Hébert, president and CEO with HID Global. “Now, with the addition of ActivIDentity’s market leadership in intelligent identity assurance and its broad portfolio of complementary credential management, strong authentication and security client products, we will be uniquely positioned to provide the integrated solutions that our customers need for physical and logical access convergence.”

As part of HID’s Global Identity and Access Management business, ActivIDentity will extend HID’s logical access control offering to include identity assurance products that help commercial and government organizations defend against security threats and meet compliance requirements while streamlining their infrastructure and simplifying the user experience. HID Global’s acquisition of ActivIDentity reinforces the company’s continuing commitment to its served markets, with three key objectives:
•    Extend ActivIDentity’s current identity assurance solutions for enterprise markets with new, innovative capabilities.
•    Further expand HID’s government business to include a fully compliant suite of credential assurance and logical-physical access verification products that are already trusted worldwide by millions of government employees, across hundreds of agencies.

•    Combine ActivIDentity’s strengths in user authentication for online banking and commerce with HID Global’s industry-leading payment solutions to offer a more complete portfolio for the fast-growing mobile commerce and banking markets.


The ActivIDentity acquisition will create opportunities for current HID Global and ActivIDentity channel partners to grow their businesses with Genuine HID™ by delivering integrated physical and logical authentication solutions that leverage the appliance-based ActivIDentity 4TRESS Authentication Server, ActivIDentity Credential Management System, and HID Global’s physical access solutions. HID Global recognizes the value that the ActivIDentity’s VAR, VAD, integrator and managed service channels can play in realizing its vision of delivering integrated physical and logical authentication solutions

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