Irvine, CA–HID, manufacturer of contactless access control cards and readers for the security industry, has launched the Alliances and Partners Program.
According to HID, the goal of the undertaking is to facilitate the availability of integrated application solutions based on HID technologies and products by working with third party hardware and software providers. Market drivers behind the new initiative are the emerging trend toward the convergence of physical and logical access control onto a common credential, the increasing role of smart card technology and the broadening requirements for reader or reader/writer devices and other system peripherals to support new applications.
“We want to make HID the technology platform of choice, and that means making sure the right solutions are available whether customers want proximity, contactless or contact smart cards, or a combination,” said Mark Scaparro, HID’s executive vice president of sales. “We have worked in a number of implementations at companies including Boeing, Pfizer and CATSA where end customers wanted to use their employee badge for IT security or other applications like time and attendance, biometrics, ID badge printing and cashless vending. The industry is calling this trend convergence. While there are several ways to do this, they all have one thing in common–the total solution involves more than just one company’s technology. Our goal is listen to our customers, determine where they are headed and then form relationships that cross traditional lines in order to position appropriate technologies around our proximity, iCLASS and combination card and reader products.”