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.


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.

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


  • 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

Badge Buddies – Help your organization be more efficient

Badge Buddies role-recognition cards

Display titles with large print and bold colors

  • Compliant with many healthcare identification regulations
  • Customizable
  • Available in both white and clear material

Need a Custom Solution?  ASAP Identification can support you custom Badge Buddies

High Quality, Durable and Versatile Badges Badge Buddies Let ASAP design your Badge Buddies to help easily distinguish titles and departments.


MorphoTrust USA rolls out new Utah Driver’s License aimed at reducing fraud and identity theft

By MorphoTrust USA
A new Driver’s License to reducing identity theft

Starting today, residents of Utah will be receiving the brand new, highly secure driver’s license when they renew or apply for a new driver’s license or ID card. This change stems from a new five-year contract between the Utah DLD and MorphoTrust USA to revamp Utah’s driver’s license and identification (ID) cards with an updated look-and-feel, including new enhanced security features. The licenses and IDs feature encoded elements such as security backgrounds and barcodes that will reduce driver license fraud and identity theft.

Morpho Trust helps reduce Fraud & Identity Theft



Back Key Control Gets Intelligent: Announcing New Medeco X4 CLIQ!

It is official!  The CLIQ technology is now available in Medeco X4 format! Medeco X4 CLIQ is available for immediate order and has launched in these cylinder formats:

  • Mortise 1 1/8” (10 0200)
  • RIM (10 0400)
  • KIK (20 2000)

Medeco X4 CLIQ combines Patented Mechanical Key Control and CLIQ technology, allowing cylinders in the Medeco X4 format to become part of a true Loss and Liability Solution with full audit trail, controlled access and electronic rekeying. There is no hard-wiring or expensive door modification required! Simply install Medeco X4 CLIQ cylinders and use CLIQ Web Manager software to control where and when key access is granted. Medeco X4 CLIQ provides enhanced security and accountability in a retrofit cylinder at a fraction of the cost of traditional electronic access control systems.  (Note: Medeco X4 CLIQ will not be available in SFIC format)

Event IDs – Matica XL8300

Supporting the Porsche European Golf Open with Secure ID 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.

Introducing ZXP Series 9 Card Printers

Zebra ZXP Series 9 ID Card Printer with LaminationPhoto-like Image Quality at Lightning Fast Speed

Engineered to meet your high-security application needs, the ZXP Series 9 ™ lets you produce photo-quality cards quickly and reliably. Ideal for printing photos and graphics, the dependable ZXP Series 9 printer incorporates Zebra’s Color Predictive Technology, featuring algorithms that constantly monitor and instantaneously adapt printer settings to automatically produce the highest print quality. As a retransfer printer, it enables you to produce extremely durable, true to edge-to-edge cards – even on uneven card surfaces such as smart cards.