HID has licensed its proximity card technology to GE to allow the company to develop, manufacture, and market access control reader products compatible with HID’s contactless applications. The move symbolizes a “bridging effort” that will “accelerate open technology adoption,” says a GE spokesperson.
Irvine, Calif. – HID, the premier manufacturer of contactless access control cards and readers for the security industry, and GE’s Security business has announced that the companies have signed an agreement granting GE a worldwide, non-exclusive license for HID’s proximity technology.
Although details of the license agreement for HID’s intellectual property cannot be disclosed, GE will develop, manufacture, and market access control reader products that are compatible with HID proximity cards.
“GE is adding HID proximity compatibility to its revolutionary new multi-technology TransitionT reader line. This cooperative agreement symbolizes a bridging effort needed in the security industry to accelerate open technology adoption,” said George Martinez, director of product management for GE Security Engineered Systems.
“The agreement between HID and GE is a positive response to access control users’ requirements for interoperability and compatibility with industry standards and indicates HID’s ongoing commitment to collaborating with market leaders in delivering innovative, cost-effective solutions for the security industry,” said Mark Scaparro, executive vice president of worldwide sales for HID.
About HID Corporation
HID is the premier global supplier of contactless access control cards and readers for the security industry. With over 200 million credentials (cards, fobs and keys) in use worldwide, HID leads the industry in 13.56 MHz and 125 kHz RFID card and reader technology for a wide range of applications including access control, IT secure authentication, time and attendance, digital cash/cashless vending, automotive vehicle identification, and biometric verification. HID’s award-winning product line includes iCLASSr 13.56 MHz contactless smart cards and readers, 125 kHz proximity, magnetic stripe, and Wiegand technology cards and readers. The company also provides specialized card manufacturing services including custom pre-printed graphics, micro printing and anti-counterfeiting elements, holograms or ultraviolet ink for increased card security. HID is headquartered in Irvine, California, with international offices supporting more than 100 countries. The company is part of the ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group. To learn more, please visit www.hidcorp.com.
About GE Infrastructure, Security
The Security business of GE Infrastructure is a wholly owned subsidiary of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) focused on communication and information technologies for security, safety and lifestyle enhancements. Security has operations in more than 30 countries and is represented by some of the best-known brand names for intrusion and fire detection, access and building control, video surveillance, explosive and drug detection, key management and structured wiring. For more information about GE’s Security business and our product offerings, please visit www.GESecurity.com.