Gemalto buys Marquis ID Systems
Gemalto acquired all of the outstanding shares of Marquis ID Systems (MIDS), a provider of solutions and services for drivers license and identification in the U.S.
With nearly 14 years servicing and supporting e-ID systems according to American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators standards, Marquis specializes in secure personalized enrollment and issuance systems to meet the requirements of each state.
Gemalto, already present in over 80 government programs worldwide, provides federal, state and provincial agencies with electronic passports, driver licenses, health care and ID cards and border management systems. It operates more than 31 central issuance facilities around the world, all of which consistently achieve the most stringent security certifications year after year.
HID unveils new Seos application partners
HID Global announced the addition of new strategic partners who have joined the company’s Enterprise Application Partners program during the third calendar quarter, expanding the ecosystem of available products that are powered by Seos technology.
At the quarter’s close, there are an additional 10 Seos-ready enterprise products and applications that can recognize and trust an HID Global secure identity using Seos technology. The ecosystem of Seos-capable enterprise applications encompasses solutions for a range of use cases, including PC login and authentication to IT systems and cloud applications, secure print job collection, cashless payments for point of sale and automated vending, building access, opening door locks, elevator access, parking access, and time and attendance management.
Seos technology has been adopted across HID Global as its standard to establish trusted and private communications for secure identities. Seos technology is chip-independent, enabling it to be ported across different hardware devices of different manufacturing origin.
An HID Global secure identity including a Secure Identity Object can be loaded onto a Seos-ready card at the time of manufacturing or provisioned to a Seos-ready phone via HID Mobile Access. HID Global’s secure identities provide an additional layer of trust over and above the protection offered by the underlying card or phone.
Partners joining the Seos ecosystem in the third quarter of 2014 include SecureJet Enterprise and Ricoh China.
SecureJet Enterprise from Jetmobile, which leverages HID Global’s PKI smart cards and proximity card capabilities. The solution enables enterprises to ensure printed and scanned documents don’t fall into the wrong hands and provides strong authentication, PKI encrypted printing and emails.
Ricoh China has been an HID Global partner for years, for secure print authentication solutions that support color and black-and-white multi-function printers. With Seos customers can now benefit from the interoperability and security of the credential technology.
Entrust Datacard releases new overlay
Entrust Datacard announced the addition of the Datacard DuraShield Holographic Overlay to its secure supply product line which offers better durability than traditional topcoats – extending the life of ID cards up to five years and reducing the cost of card reissuance.
The DuraShield holographic protecting important elements of ID cards using a thin film consisting of layers of polymer coatings cured with an ultra violet light. These coatings are formulated to achieve an optimum level of cross-linking that enables exceptional durability and plasticizer resistance – shielding cards against chemicals, moisture and abrasions.
A variety of security technologies are also available within the DuraShield holographic overlay including edge-to-edge coverage that provides tamper evidence which deters against fraud; as well as overt, covert and forensic-level generic and customizable-holographic features.
Framework for biometric exit at airports released
The Secure Identity & Biometrics Association and the Security Industry Association announced the formation of the Airport Entry and Exit Working Group and release of its Identity and Biometric Entry and Exit Solutions Framework for Airports.
The purpose of the Framework is to support the important work of the Department of Homeland Security Apex Air Entry and Exit Reengineering Project as a stakeholder, and it urges U.S. Customs and Border Protection to deploy an airport biometric exit program that adheres to 16-years of federal statutory mandates with congressional oversight and funding.
The Framework makes clear that the implementation of airport biometric exit program and improvements to biometric entry processes are not only doable and capable of meeting essential border control criteria but are long overdue.
Farpointe enhances reader
Farpointe Data announced that access control manufacturers and integrators can now provide their customers with its P-900 proximity reader that enables up to 20-inch read range applications, designed for a parking lot to an inside door.
With the reader, users can deploy Farpointe’s Pyramid Series proximity cards and tags as well as support certain legacy HID and/or AWID 125-KHz proximity cards and tags.
Since many of the P-900 units are used outdoors or in dusty environments, the reader is engineered to comply harsh weather and conditions. It works in temperature extremes from -40°F to +149°F (-40°C to +65°) and is vandal resistant.
The P-900 mounts directly to a standard North American single gang/double gang wallbox, any flat surface such as a metal or plastic box, or parking bollard. It is available for shipment now.