RSA 2007: HID Global launches Crescendo series of Smart Cards

HID Global announced the launch of its Crescendo series smart cards designed to provide out-of-the box, standards-compliant support for thousands of logical access control applications. Within HID’s Trusted Identity Platform, Crescendo is an off-the-shelf smart card that can be easily and cost-effectively deployed for both logical and physical access control and other secure identity-related applications.

Crescendo supports Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 (ILM 2007) and the Windows Smart Card Framework, enabling organizations to cost-effectively and efficiently deploy, configure, manage, maintain, and audit smart card-based infrastructures. As organizations realize that user names and passwords may not be strong enough to maintain their required level of logical access security, the use of smart cards in conjunction with ILM 2007 will be an ideal solution to increase security by employing strong, multi-factor authentication technology.

To meet the growing demand for a single card for logical and physical access control, Crescendo smart cards incorporate HID’s industry standard proximity technology (HID or Indala), iCLASS, and other 13.56 MHz contactless smart card technologies used for secure, convenient physical access control. Crescendo cards can be customized with the user’s choice of physical access control technologies and also personalized with employee name, photo, and other identification information.

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