ActivCard Launches ‘Smart Upgrade’ Campaign to Reduce Remote Access Budgets

Replaces Leased Tokens with More Functionality and Lower Total Cost of Ownership

Free ActivPack Licenses Offered for Each User Migrated Through 2003

LONDON, March 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — ActivCard(R) (Nasdaq: ACTI; Nasdaq Europe: ACTI), the leader in IDentity Management (IDM) software, today announced here a special promotion for new customers who wish to migrate their existing deployments from competing tokens solutions to ActivCard’s ActivPack(TM) secure remote access solution.

Smart Upgrade Promotional Campaign

The ActivCard Smart Upgrade Promotion offers companies free licenses for ActivPack software that is purchased to replace existing licenses for leased tokens from competing providers. ActivPack customers can experience an on-average 40% reduction in their remote access budget by migrating from an existing leased token solution to an ActivCard secure remote access solution, which can include perpetual tokens, smart cards or soft token authentication devices.

In leased token systems, the token batteries expire after approximately three years and are not replaceable, requiring system administrators to reorder, purchase and provision employees with new tokens, which results in a high total cost of ownership. ActivCard secure remote access delivers greater value by offering authentication devices with more functionality than competing token solutions — such as smart cards — and a more compelling ROI over leased tokens because ActivCard perpetual tokens allow for battery replacement.

The Smart Upgrade campaign is targeted at IT and security managers in the global 2000 market who are seeking ways to trim their existing IT budgets while maintaining strong user authentication. To learn more about this offer, please visit

ActivPack AAA Server Migration Service
The ActivPack AAA Server Migration Service launched today as a deployment service that accelerates a company’s transition from a legacy token solution to an ActivPack and ActivCard token solution. It is designed for customers who do not have available IT resources for new installations and want to ensure a quick and successful deployment. For a $22,500 fee, ActivCard Professional Services or one of ActivCard’s certified partners will perform the server setup, system configuration, initial token issuance, administrator training and testing for a limited number of customer users. Once the service is complete, the customer will be able to provide ongoing deployment of new tokens and the management of the ActivPack server solution. For more information on this service, visit

Note to editors:

Tokens are small hardware devices used for two-factor strong authentication to validate user identity to computer networks. Two factors of authentication mean something you have (such as the token device) and something you know (such as a PIN number that is programmed into the token). Tokens provide enhanced security over username and static password combinations, which are the most commonly used form of user authentication.

About ActivCard
ActivCard is the leader in IDentity Management (IDM) software for remote access, secure sign-on and digital ID card solutions. Our scalable IDM and strong authentication solutions are trusted by organizations — from enterprise to governments around the world. ActivCard IDM systems deliver maximum Return On Identity(TM) (ROI) through increased security, reduced cost, and user convenience. The modular product design allows our customers to add capabilities as required, preserving their investment.

NOTE: ActivCard is a registered trademark and ActivPack and Return On Identity are trademarks in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners in the United States and/or other countries.

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