Logical access control solution extends physical access infrastructure

HID Global announced the launch of HID on the Desktop, a set of logical access control solutions that can extend the reach of an organization’s existing physical access infrastructure.

Built out of a need to balance ease-of-use, cost and diverse security requirements, this solution allows organizations to leverage existing physical access cards, enabling physical access control integrators to use HID technology to provide customers with complementary logical access solutions.

HID on the Desktop solutions demystify strong (multi-factor) authentication for both the end-user and the administrator, enabled by the use of a single credential for both physical and logical access. A three-component solution (HID cards, OMNIKEY readers and naviGO software), HID on the Desktop provides corporate enterprises with the flexibility to deploy the most risk-appropriate authentication method. Depending on the employee role or job function, a single system can be used to manage different methods of log-on security supporting two-factor authentication (using PIN and card).

A key innovative component of the HID on the Desktop solution is naviGO software, which extends the Windows authentication model to include HID PROX and iCLASS contactless cards, allowing users the ability to use their existing HID access control badge to log on to Windows. In addition, naviGO allows card holders to manage their own enrollment, establish and manage their PIN and provides Emergency. naviGO also supports PKI based credentials including digital certificates on HID’s Crescendo smart cards.

Solution delivery is scheduled for end-March, 2009.

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