SCM Microsystems has introduced ConCERTO, an solution that enables the addition of logical access security to existing physical access systems. The new solution combines SCM’s new ConCERTO LOGON Manager, the company’s SCL series contactless card readers, and the widely used MIFARE DESFire EV1 platform from NXP Semiconductors to enable a single credential to be used both for building access and PC/network logon.
The ConCERTO LOGON Manager and SCM hardware work together with the data structure on the MIFARE DESFire EV1 platform to enable employees to use one identification card (credential) both to physically access the building and log on to the company’s network.
Based on Microsoft Windows, ConCERTO LOGON manages the enrolment and logon process for users, including writing privileges onto the cards when they are issued and saving data onto Windows or the company’s network systems for subsequent lookup and verification.
Consequently, the physical presence of an employee can be verified before enabling access to the company’s network. ConCERTO LOGON also keeps each logon transaction protected using AES-128 encryption, which is the preferred method of the National Institute of Security and Technology for encrypting contactless communications.
The ConCERTO solution can be quickly installed onto existing networks without other changes to the infrastructure. The solution’s use of ISO 14443 compliant technology and open standards and specifications also means that enterprise clients will be able to leverage the reuse of smart cards or key fobs, from SCM and other physical access vendors embracing open standards. ConCERTO LOGON Manager is available beginning in late December 2010 and available product bundles will include both desktop and mobile offerings.