ID Cards

HID Global Rolls Out Next-Generation Credential Management System Capabilities for Virtual Smart Cards, Derived Credentials & Cloud Deployment

AUSTIN, Texas, January 15, 2018 – HID Global®, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced a new version of its Credential Management System (CMS) that digitizes smart card technology, expands the use of digital certificates in credentials and reaches new platforms that plastic cards don’t reach.  The new ActivID® CMS 5.0 makes it possible for people to be authenticated for digital access without using a physical smart card.

Ultimately, HID’s new CMS will help strengthen capabilities to prevent data breaches and create a trusted digital environment. With ActivID CMS 5.0, organizations can have greater confidence to trust the people who are accessing their networks and conducting digital transactions.

With the introduction of virtual smart cards and derived credentials, ActivID CMS 5.0 makes identity more portable digitally across cards, phones and other devices, takes advantage of new Windows® software capabilities to simplify deployment of credentials, and offers the robustness and flexibility for customers to manage people’s credentials from the cloud.

HID’s CMS is widely used in the U.S. federal government to manage government ID badges (known as PIV cards) as well as by enterprise organizations to increase the secure access of online resources.  A number of technology and solution partners also rely on HID’s CMS for credential management.  The customer needs that led to the development of the new capabilities in ActivID CMS 5.0 include:

  • Eliminate the burden and cost of physically provisioning each plastic card for digital access and attaching a physical reader to a computer by making deployment easier and more cost-efficient
  • Transport the same “identity’ of a person from a card to a mobile device in a seamless and compliant way
  • Provide a cloud-ready solution for partners to integrate CMS 5.0 functionality into their own cloud platforms

“Our ActivID Credential Management System 5.0 is a step up for digital identity, addressing the evolving expectations of our millions of customers who are currently on CMS 4,” said Brad Jarvis, Vice President & Managing Director, IAM Solutions, with HID Global.  “With ActivID CMS 5.0, we are adding a higher level of trust to digital IDs and extending the types of applications that can benefit from HID’s identity and access management solutions, namely Windows logon, VPN, document signing, encryption, online resource access and multi-factor authentication – all without requiring a physical card or attached reader.”

Leveraging a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), virtual smart cards are a secure alternative to smart cards, OTP tokens and other authentication methods. Furthermore, with derived credentials, ActivID CMS 5.0 will enable users to use the device of choice, such as reading encrypted email on a mobile phone instead of on a desktop computer.  The same process that is commonly deployed to issue a physical smart card is used to issue derived credentials, so customers can have the assurance that security is retained while simplifying deployment and reducing costs.

Working with PIV credentials, ActivID CMS 5.0 is fully compliant with the National Institute for Standard and Technology (NIST) FIPS 201 standard, including PIV derived credentials.  HID Global is the market leader for PIV cards, which are used by US federal employees to access online government resources.

Painless Truths – Busting the Myths of Smart Card Migration

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A few months back, I wrote a blog about the top reasons Colleges and Universities are making progress towards moving to Smart Cards as a secure means of safeguarding people, data and assets. Here’s the link to that conversation to help remind you about the points I made in that blog.  In this conversation, I would like to build on the content in that earlier blog to share my thoughts about five myths that need to be de-mystified for colleges and universities who are considering the implementation of a Smart Card system for their campuses.

Institutions willing to tackle the complexity of installing a Smart Card system to manage their campus security will realize the benefits of using multi-function Smart Cards to obtain a myriad of services and applications that can be accessed campus-wide from physical facility and logical network access to cashless payment and tracking time and attendance. Though these institutions have embraced the idea of multi-function Smart Cards, they may have concerns about the logistics and costs associated with the installation and operation of a Smart Card security system. These concerns may be keeping some institutions from implementing Smart Cards even though they have a true desire to do so.

We have prepared an Executive Brief that debunks five myths involving multi-function Smart Card systems and their implementation. The five myths reviewed in the Executive Brief are:

Myth #1: I have to upgrade everything at once or I only have one option. FACT: A combination of phased implementation steps can be executed as needed to meet your specific needs.

Myth #2: We have too many access control technologies currently in place to migrate smoothly. FACT: A single Smart Card can house up to four different access control technologies.

Myth #3: It’s not possible to support old and new application technologies at the same time. FACT: Transaction-based applications can co-exist with access technologies on a single Smart Card.

Myth #4: Migrations are too expensive to implement. FACT: Maximize your system investment by migrating in phases versus all at one time.

Myth #5: Migrating to contactless Smart Cards will slow down the card issuance process. FACT: Smart Card encoders provide electronic and graphic personalization in one seamless step.

The Executive Brief will comment on these five myths in detail to offer reasonable Facts about implementing Smart Card systems to help you understand there may be light at the end of the tunnel. Please read HID Global’s Executive Brief to learn more about breaking down the myths of installing a multi-function Smart Card system. Let me know what you think.

Multi-Technology Cards with MIFARE Classic / MIFARE DESFire

HIGH/HIGH FREQUENCY MIFARE CLASSIC™ SOLUTION/MIFARE DESFire™ EV1 SOLUTION

  • Ideal Migration Solution – Multi-application card that supports two 13.56 MHz read/write contactless chips that are fully compatible with MIFARE Classic and MIFARE DESFire physical access reader from HID and other suppliers.
  • High Performance – MIFARE DESFire EV1 provides fast and secure data transmission (data encryption and integrity check). ƒƒ
  • Common Criteria – MIFARE DESFire EV1 EAL 4+ accredited for maximum security.
  • Supports Secure Identity Object™ (SIO) – Multi-layered security beyond the card
    technology, providing added protection to identity data.

HID Global’s MIFARE Classic and MIFARE DESFire EV1 smart cards are ideal for customers looking to support multiple technologies with a single card or migrate from existing card technology to a more secure solution. The cards deliver the perfect balance of performance and cost efficiency for any MIFARE DESFire EV1 deployment, while preserving backward compatibility with MIFARE Classic.

More information: MIFARE DESFire EV1 Cards

Custom Medical Insuance Cards

Let ASAP Identification print your medical/dental or Rx insurance cards for you.  Complete the card issuance process with personalized mailings to your membership with their new insurance card.

Contact ASAP Identification Security @ 317-488-1030!

 

HID Prox FOBs

prox-fobThe ProxKey III is a proximity card keyfob for access control offering HID proximity technology in a convenient, pocket size device. The proximity card keyfob easily attaches to a key ring, badge clip or lanyard. The ProxKey III is built to withstand harsh operating environments or handling.

The ProxKey III is suited for use in access control applications where a Photo ID is not required.

Key Features of the ProxKey III:

  • Small enough to fit on a key ring.
  • Universal compatibility with HID proximity card readers.
  • Provides an external number for easy identification and control Can be
    placed on a key ring for convenient entry.
  • Supports formats up to 85 bits, with over 137 billion codes.
  • Using HID’s ProxProgrammer®, card vendors can ship proximity keyfobs, custom programmed to
    their customers’ requirements, from their own inventory. Enables smaller order
    quantities and overnight delivery. (Check with vendor for availability.)
  • Lifetime warranty.

EVENT Management

eventtagMake a great impression at the next conference, meeting or seminar you host by providing event name tags for each attendee.

Networking is easier when everyone has a professional name tag.

Let ASAP Identification Security help make this work for you!  info@asapident.com OR 317-488-1030.

HID Indala Prox cards

indala_flexiso_xtHID Indala Prox cards

Combine the benefits of proven Indala® Proximity and HID FlexSmart® MIFARE contactless smart card technology in one smart card. The contactless smart card with proximity technology can be used for diverse applications such as access control, cashless vending, public transportation, event ticketing, customer loyalty and photo ID cards. Featuring exclusive FlexSecur® security technology, the card provides an added level of access system security through a verification process at the smart card reader. Unique to the HID Indala product line, FlexSecur screens out unauthorized smart cards prior to sending card data to the host system.

Manufactured to the highest quality standards, Indala Proximity cards and MIFARE smart cards have the memory structure and capacity to store multiple applications on a single credential. The data is protected with encryption keys used in the mutual authentication process. Therefore, no important data will be shared until the smart card and reader have been authenticated to each other.

When security and performance count most, HID’s FlexSmart MIFARE smart cards can be produced with visual security and anti-counterfeiting features such as holograms, ultraviolet fluorescent inks, micro-printing or a custom logo to quickly and easily identify genuine cards.

Key Features of the FPMXI FlexPass MIFARE/Indala Combo Smart Card

  • Multiple Formats – Supports all Indala proximity card formats, including FlexEnterprise®.
  • Transition Solution – Add smart card applications to an existing Indala proximity technology access control system.
  • High Security – Mutual authentication, data encryption and unique 32-bit serial number.
  • Proven, Reliable Technology – Offers extremely consistent read range. Unaffected by body shielding or variable environmental conditions, even when close to keys and coins.
  • Multiple Memory Types – Available in MIFARE 1K and 4K.
  • True Credit Card Thickness – Use with all direct image and thermal transfer printers.

Questions? Contact ASAP Identification Security @ 317-488-1030 or info@asapident.com!

What level of card security do I need?

How secure do you need your ID cards?

This is a common question from our customers. The level of card security depends on a number of factors but we will try to break it down in basic bullet list:

PVC printed ID card

  • If visual identification is all you require, then a simple photo ID may work just fine. This is a simple, low cost solution and it can be implemented quickly and easily.
  • For this ID, you can simply include you company logo and employee name OR you can considering adding photo, title or access level.
    1. Benefits: low cost, professional and easy entry-level ID solution
    2. Risks: this does not automate access control (i.e. turn card “off” once no longer at company) and some interaction may be required to validate a user.
  • If this security solution will meet your needs, please contact ASAP for information on an ID printer OR for ASAP to print cards on your behalf.

Mag stripe or bar code printed ID card

  • If your organization requires a slightly higher level of security than a simple visual ID, consider a magnetic stripe or bar code solution. This is also a low cost and easy solution to implement that may meet your needs.
  • How can a mag stripe or bar code system work? It may be used for clocking in/out, logging into a POS system, checking books in/out as well as paying for meals on an account simply by swiping the card through a mag stripe or bar code reader connected to your company system.
  • Bar codes can be 1D, 2D or QR codes depending on the amount of data to be stored. Mag strips are low, mid or high-co and again can store a variety of data on 1, 2 or 3 “tracks”.
  • Benefits and Risks are the same as PVC only ID cards. It adds a slightly higher level of function but very little added security.

Proximity ID card

  • Proximity cards/fobs are considered “keyless access”. They offer facilities an easier and more affordable way to control access by issuing Prox “keys” which they can simple “turn off” once the person no longer requires access without having to track down a physical key. Prox also allows tracking of access when readers are required for access control (buildings, parking lots, etc). This would be considered a “moderate” security solution.
  • Users are also able to control access on schedules and/or grant access to certain areas only to certain employees.
  • Finally, you are able to print on most Prox cards to allow you to include both visual security with electronic access control.

Smart (contact and contactless) ID card

  • The highest level of card security are consider Smart Cards.
    • Contactless smart cards use high-frequency radio frequency identification (RFID) and a memory chip to store data (2K, 8K, 16K, etc). The larger the chip, the more capacity to store/encrypt. These cards can be used for building/parking access, secured access to rooms, cabinets, closets, logical access, inventory tracking, cashless vending, clocking in/out.
    • There are risks….primarily privacy concerns since devices store data and can be read by another device if in the wrong hands.
  • Contact smart cards include a chip/microprocessor on the card with enormous storage capacity. These cards must be inserted into a special reader to access data but these are more secure cards and cannot be skimmed (no RFID). Consider the new chip credit cards as an example of contact cards are work. These, too, can have a photo/name added to include visual security if needed.

Service Dog IDs

Consider IDs for your service dogs!!  ASAP Identification can provide these, as well.

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ASAP welcomes new card partner – 3millID

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ASAP Identification welcomes a new card partner.  3millID is an access control credential and RFID reader manufacturer with offices in the United States and United Kingdom. The company’s mission is to supply the highest quality credentials, most architecturally attractive readers, the shortest product lead times, and the best customer satisfaction.