Using Microsoft’s .NET operating system combined with RFID technology, San Jose, Calif.-based Indala recently announced the development of multi-application credentials for the software giant’s employees, which allows them to use one card for logical and physical access.
Leading Access Control Manufacturer Develops Custom Smart Cards for Software Giant
San Jose, CA – Indala recently developed multi-technology, multi-application credentials for Microsoft employees, which enabled network (logical) as well as building (physical) access control. The project specified a new 128KB smart card module combined with a .NET operating system for smart cards, and incorporated FlexEnterprise RFID technology. The new Indala credential is an upgrade of the legacy Indala smart card. Further, the new card is compatible with existing systems, so there will be no disruption of service for the user.
According to Indala president, Marc Freundlich, “This project is the first of its kind. Microsoft has perhaps the largest private sector Windows PKI deployment in the world. And to be able to successfully develop and scale a secure identification solution across Microsoft1s vast operations is very rewarding for all parties involved.”
Toni Brett, Indala card technologist, added, “One of Microsoft’s main project objectives is to permit secure authentication and validation to users wherever they are located. The credential is far more secure for remote access sessions, and offers the flexibility for users to work on multiple machines.”
Microsoft credential deployment takes place via decentralized identity offices. To issue a card, both local ID verification and centralized certificate authorization must be approved. Identity officers are able to program both the physical and logical access rights to the Indala card, providing the user a single, secure credential for the workplace.
Indala Corporation is a leading security technology company that develops and manufactures 125 kHz proximity; 13.56 MHz contactless and contact smart cards; and associated readers for physical and network access-control applications. Indala manufactures the highest quality RFID product lines including FlexPass(R) Series, CX Series(R) compatible cards, Cotag(R) long range RFID, and MIFARE(R)/DESFire(R) high frequency products. Indala is renowned for delivering highly secure customized card access solutions for government and commercial applications around the world. Founded in 1985, Indala’s installed customer base exceeds 100 million cards and two million readers. Indala was acquired by ASSA ABLOY in November of 2001. The Company’s headquarters is located in San Jose, California. For more information, call 408-361-4700 or visit the Indala website at www.indala.com.