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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.

Source: https://www.hidglobal.com/blog/painless-truths-busting-myths-of-smart-card-migration

Did you know Asure ID simplifies contactless smart card issuance?

Did you know Asure ID simplifies contactless smart card issuance?

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If you are like other organizations, you use contactless smart cards to grant employees access to your facilities. You may also be using a two-step process to issue these cards. This process typically involves the use of a desktop card printer to add an employee’s name and photo, then upon completion of printing requires you to remove the card from the printer’s output bin, flip over and manually type in the pre-printed/pre-programmed card ID number into the database.

This two-step process is used so frequently that many organizations have grown accustomed to synchronizing their cards this way, even though it adds time to the issuance process and increases the potential for keying errors.

For more information OR to Purchase Asure ID Today, email ASAP Identification Security!

Smart Cards for FIPS 201 compliant Personal Identity Verification

Today, HID Global announces the availability of the Crescendo PIV smart card that enables organizations to comply with FIPS 201 and that is part of the HID PIV Enterprise solution.
 
Crescendo smart cards enable access to a broad range of applications, like PKI based authentication, digital signature, and data encryption. Use cases also include secure login to workstations and laptops, web-based cloud applications, or VPN gateways.

The card leverages HID Global’s Identity Applet Suite, which offers secure storage and protection for cryptographic keys and their associated digital certificates, as well as personal information.

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The Crescendo PIV is dual interface card that enables cryptographically secure authentication through either a contact interface, by inserting the card in a smart card reader, or a contactless interface, presenting the card to a contactless smart card reader or NFC enabled device. The card uses a FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certified cryptographic module and is capable of containing multiple keys and certificates as specified in NIST special publication 800-73. This card is part of the HID PIV Express and HID PIV Enterprise solutions, which help organizations improve their security posture, comply with mandates, and improve the user experience.

Crescendo PIV is meant to be issued and managed by ActivID Credential Management System. By exposing a standardized card edge, the card can work out of the box with major operating systems or can work in combination with ActivClient middleware that provides additional diagnostic, usability and integration features.

CRESCENDO PIV HIGHLIGHTS:
One card for physical and IT access featuring a cryptographic secure element

Allows access to doors, computers, network and cloud. PKI based authentication, digital signature and encryption

Integrated and tested with ActivID® ActivClient®, ActivID Credential Management System, HID PIV Express® and HID PIV Enterprise®

Compliant with FIPS 201 mandates for physical and logical access

Optimized performance for faster physical access using digital certificates

NIST FIPS 140-2 Level 2 security certification

NIST FIPS 201 interoperability certification

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

School buying season is here!

This year, consider some new badging options!
Student and staff ID badges are often required at schools of all sizes. Meet the identification needs of your school customers who will be looking for quality ID badges, smart cards and wearable technology.

Choose from:
PVC & Magnetic Stripe Cards: For simple identification, PVC ID cards feature plenty of room for photos, text and barcodes. The addition of a magnetic stripe allows for processing payments, making them perfect for use in cafeterias, book stores and more.
Access Cards & Key Fobs: Smart and proximity cards are ideal for limiting access to teachers’ lounges, supply closets and other restricted areas. HID PROX Key Fobs performs the same functions as a standard proximity card, meaning it can serve as a convenient, affordable replacement for proximity cards. Available in several bit formats.
Uband™ Wristbands: A hands-free alternative to proximity cards or keyfobs. Ideal for for cashless transactions. Available with Proximity (125Khz) or Smart (13.5MHz MiFare) technologies.

HID Global’s Seos Smart Cards and HID Mobile Access Bring Convenience, Security and the Mobile ID “Cool” Factor to Major U.S. University

AUSTIN, Texas, April 20, 2017 — HID Global®, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced a major U.S. university selected its Seos® smart cards and HID Mobile Access® solution to streamline card office operations, simplify the management and use of trusted IDs, and offer the “cool” factor to students using phones for accessing buildings, services and resources. The phased deployment of thousands of readers over the last few years enabled these benefits, while preserving investments in previously installed HID Global readers.

“We applaud this visionary university as one of the most sweeping examples of how to transform the campus experience using trusted identities on cards and mobile phones,” said Brett St. Pierre, Director of Education Solutions with HID Global. “As they move toward full deployment, they will be creating a new kind of One Card office that secures the campus while delivering new and innovative services.”

The university will support HID Mobile Access in all common campus areas by the summer of 2017 and plans to use the solution’s Mobile IDs as its primary form of campus identification in the years to come.  HID Mobile Access enables users to request and receive new Mobile IDs over the air to their phones, improving convenience while significantly reducing card office support requirements.  Likewise, administrators can revoke identities and modify permissions with the same over-the-air speed and simplicity, streamlining the work of managing identities across the university’s large campus population.

After a successful technology pilot, the university began upgrading many of its existing HID readers to support the Bluetooth capabilities required for Mobile IDs.  It is also installing more than 400 additional mobile-enabled readers during 2017, with all readers supporting both earlier card technologies and Mobile IDs to ensure a smooth transition.

The university plans to ultimately use Mobile IDs as its primary form of identification in the future.  Accordingly, the university issued 300 to 400 Mobile IDs in the first deployment phase of HID Mobile Access and will issue another 500 during 2017. Next year, the university intends to issue ID cards while simultaneously provisioning Mobile IDs to all students and staff.

The university will explore new ways to benefit from HID Mobile Access after the deployment is complete.  Mobile IDs can be used alongside ID cards for applications ranging from entering parking lots, buildings and residence halls to making meal plan purchases, and accessing library and media center resources.

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HID Global powers the trusted identities of the world’s people, places and things. We make it possible for people to transact safely, work productively and travel freely. Our trusted identity solutions give people secure and convenient access to physical and digital places and connect things that can be accurately identified, verified and tracked digitally. Millions of people around the world use HID products and services to navigate their everyday lives, and over 2 billion things are connected through HID technology. We work with governments, educational institutions, hospitals, financial institutions, industrial businesses and some of the most innovative companies on the planet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 3,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com.

Life-Saving RFID: Identiv and DNP Team Up to Provide Infrastructure-Monitoring UHF Tags

March 16, 2017

Dr. Manfred Mueller

You may have caught the press release this morning — but in case you missed it, Identiv’s ultra high-frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID) tags have been incorporated into a new system that monitors critical infrastructure and detects cracks in bridges and tunnels. The tag was developed for Identiv partner Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd (DNP).

Who Is DNP?
dainippon-logo_11313524DNP was established in 1876 as the first full-scale printing company in Japan. Expanding printing technology has been a fundamental DNP policy since the 1950s. The company has diversified operations to include packaging, decorative materials, electronic components, and information media supplies. By combining innovative technology and expertise, DNP offers products and services that can help fulfill dreams, enrich everyday life, and enhance communication. DNP has become an integral part of the information communication industry.

Identiv’s UHF Tag Portfolio
uhf-tags_49276f528822842ab43461fe441e7af7Identiv’s UHF Tag portfolio is built around a comprehensive set of optimized designs for applications across industrial markets including asset tracking, logistics and parking access. UHF technology uses radio frequency spectra which allow reading distances of several meters (equivalent to several dozen feet), depending on the size of the tags and the operating power transmitted by the UHF reader.

The History of Japanese Infrastructure
In Japan, the majority of tunnels and bridges were built during the high economic growth period of the 1960s, meaning they are quickly becoming too old for continued use. As a result, there is an increase in accidents due to decrepit concrete, which is a huge, dangerous problem. Local government and transportation entities are under regulation to maintain inspections, however, the cost of such inspections is incredibly high due to complex testing equipment and the skill of the laborers performing such testing.

Finding the Right Solution
In direct response to this growing issue, DNP partnered with Identiv and developed an infrastructure-monitoring RFID inlay that can detect structural cracks, leveraging a powerful UHF chip equipped with tamper detection capability. This long reading distance inlay is glued to areas of concern on a concrete structure (i.e., areas suspected to be cracked or that may be extended in the near future). The inlays receive radio waves and the system can monitor the condition to avert disasters before they occur. DNP has developed the unique adhesive for the sheets that are attached to the concrete, which cures the agent via irradiation with ultraviolet rays (i.e., sunlight) or fluorescent light.

Japan_BridgeUnlike traditional, cumbersome testing techniques, the new monitoring system can read all of the information collected by the inlay sheets at once via a UHF reader/writer, dramatically reducing inspection time, and the UHF range of Identiv’s tags allows for long communication distance. Small cracks are difficult to detect through visual inspection alone, and with Identiv’s technology, inspectors without special skills can make an accurate assessment, saving time and money, and potentially saving lives. The data collected is then transferred to local PCs for a full inspection report.

Identiv is proud to contribute our UHF RFID tag technology and partner with DNP on this solution. Detecting concrete cracks at an early stage will not only save the Japanese government from a growing financial burden, more importantly, it will save lives.

HID Mobile Access®

HID Mobile Access®

Secure access control using a mobile device

Mobile access is the use of a mobile device, such as a smartphone, tablet o  r wearable, to gain access to secured doors, gates, networks, services and more. HID Mobile Access® solutions allow organizations to meet the growing demands of a mobile-first world.

Overview

HID Mobile Access® introduces a new era of convenience and functionality to access control. Breakthrough technologies meet the growing demands of a smarter, mobile-first world — while instilling confidence that identity data is secure and privacy is protected. 

  •  More Choice – Mobile technology is being leveraged at a rapid pace. The freedom to move access control to phones, tablets, wristbands, watches and other wearables is a matter of end-user preference. HID Mobile Access supports the widest variety of mobile devices in the industry today, or it can be used in addition to traditional card access.
  • More Applications – Managing identity in the organization is changing; IT departments, Security and Facility Management are working toward the development of consolidated access programs. HID Mobile Access enables more than one secure identity to reside in a smart device –creating a single device solution for physical and logical access control.
  • More Confidence – HID Mobile Access, powered by breakthrough credential technologies, is based on ISO standards used by the U.S. government and other organizations globally to encrypt classified or sensitive data, providing unprecedented security and privacy protection of identity data.

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.

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!