Establishes Distribution Agreement With Alternative Technology, Inc.
FREMONT, Calif. and DENVER, March 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – ActivCard Corp. (Nasdaq: ACTI), a global provider of strong authentication and trusted digital identity solutions, and Alternative Technologies, Inc. (AltTech), a leading distributor of security products and server-based computing solutions, today announced signing of an authorized distribution agreement. Under terms of the agreement, AltTech will sell and support the full range of ActivCard®) products through its U.S. and Canadian VAR channel for:
– Secure Remote Access Solutions
* ActivCard AAA Server software and easy-to-use authentication devices strengthen security for remote dial-up, VPN, web, terminal services, and wireless LAN access.
– Single Sign-On (SSO) Solutions
* ActivCard SSO simplifies sign-on for end users, reduces the cost of helpdesk support for password resets, and improves security through multi-factor authentication to enterprise applications including Microsoft(R) Windows(R), mainframe, Java(TM) and web applications.
– Smart Card-Based ID Solutions
* With ActivCard software, a single multi-function smart card can securely store PKI certificates for digital signatures and secure email, biometric and demographic data, and one-time-passwords – as well as converge with physical security credentials and photo Ids for employee badges and government-issued IDs.
“The availability of ActivCard products through AltTech increases customer and VAR access to one-stop-shop expertise for scaleable, high performance authentication, password management, and productivity solutions,” stated Frank Bishop, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at ActivCard. “Our combined security capability, coupled with AltTech’s expansive North American VAR Network, training program, opportunity development, and commitment to best of breed technical support, is a winning formula for channel partner success in digital identity initiatives.”
ActivCard solutions answer the essential security imperative that organizations face: the ability to know with certainty the identity of individuals connecting to networks, services and data in today’s anytime, anywhere computing environment. Customers can alleviate risks and inefficiencies associated with vulnerable static passwords by deploying strong authentication and smart card-based solutions to secure communications. The breadth of the ActivCard solutions surpasses legacy authentication and traditional point perimeter security with true enterprise identity management capability and modularity that allows customers to start with one solution and upgrade over time.
The agreement brings together AltTech’s distribution channel and VAR programs with ActivCard solutions that enhance fundamental business security and productivity. The resulting synergy and solutions address unique requirements in healthcare, homeland security, local government and other business environments that benefit from streamlined user authentication for network access, password and digital credential management cost reduction, and session mobility.
“Agile360 is pleased to be part of the growing ActivCard partner network,” stated Omar Yakar, President of Agile360, a California-based systems integrator providing consulting on information technology. “Alternative Technology understands our business and has a proven record of aligning with world-class enterprise solution offerings that make a difference for our customers. We view the ActivCard digital identity and authentication products as strategic components and cornerstone technologies for our access solutions, enhancing Agile360’s core competency and delivery of services for IT security.”
“IT vulnerabilities, and a growing remote workforce, require solutions that ensure mobility and integrate smoothly within existing infrastructure. We believe our partners will quickly experience the competitive edge of ActivCard integration with corporate directories and network systems that complement and enhance the existing solutions and services focus of our VARs – delivering on lower total cost of ownership, ease of deployment, and ease of use for customers,” said William R. Botti, President and COO at AltTech. “ActivCard advances the ability to offer the highest levels of security to customers of all sizes in diverse business segments.”
About Alternative Technology
Alternative Technology, Inc. (AltTech) is one of the leading thin-client/server-based computing distributors in North America. The value-added services provided by AltTech support VARs in the configuration and implementation of thin-client/server-based computing, quality of service (QoS), security, wireless, and UNIX/Linux enterprise deployment.
Dedicated to selling its products and services through the VAR channel, AltTech is recognized with recent awards from Inc 500 (America’s fastest-growing companies) and VARBusiness (top 25 distributors).
AltTech is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and has offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, San Marcos, California, and Mississauga, Canada. For more information go to: http://www.AltTech.com, or e-mail [email protected], or call toll-free at: 800-544-7674 (USA), or toll-free at: 866-240-9991 (Canada).
ActivCard, http://www.activcard.com, is a global provider of strong authentication and trusted digital identity solutions for secure remote access, single sign-on and enterprise access cards. Our scalable systems and strong authentication solutions are trusted by organizations–from enterprise to governments around the world. ActivCard delivers maximum Return On Identity(TM) (ROI) through increased security, reduced cost, and user convenience. The modular product design allows our customers to add capabilities as required, preserving their investment.
The statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including risks associated with changes in our management team, fluctuations in operating results, our history of losses, and other risks identified in our periodic filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those appearing under the caption “Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Copies of these filings are available from ActivCard and on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. Actual results, events and performance may differ materially from our forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. ActivCard disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
ActivCard is a registered trademark and Return on Identity is a trademark of ActivCard in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners in the United States and/or other countries.
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