HID on the Desktop™ adds a logical dimension to physical access control installations

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HID Global recently announced the launch of HID on the Desktop™, a powerful set of logical access control solutions that can extend the reach of an organization’s existing physical access infrastructure. Mirroring the secure and convenient user experience popularized by the company’s physical access control platforms, HID on the Desktop delivers user-friendly convenience and improved risk management for secure access to Windows®.

HID on the Desktop solutions demystify strong (multi-factor) authentication for both the end-user and the administrator, enabled by the use of a single credential for both physical and logical access. A three-component solution (HID cards, OMNIKEY® readers and naviGO™ software), HID on the Desktop provides corporate enterprises with the flexibility to deploy the most “risk-appropriate” authentication method. Depending on the employee role or job function, a single system can be used to manage different methods of log-on security supporting two-factor authentication (using PIN and card).

A key innovative component of the HID on the Desktop solution is naviGO software, which extends the Windows authentication model to include HID PROX and iCLASS® contactless cards, allowing users the ability to use their existing HID access control badge to log on to Windows. In addition, naviGO allows card holders to manage their own enrollment, establish and manage their PIN and provides Emergency Access via Knowledge Based Authentication--all through a self-service application. naviGO also supports PKI based credentials including digital certificates on HID’s Crescendo™ smart cards.

“Organizations using HID on the Desktop will benefit from the solution’s lower cost of ownership, ease-of-use and the speed of deploying physical access cards,” says Anthony Ball, Senior Vice President, Identity and Access Management (IAM), at HID Global.

A launch event was held in New York on 3 March 2009 and in Chicago on 5 March 2009. Further events will be held during ISC West in Las Vegas in April.

The solution was scheduled for delivery in March 2009.

About HID Global

HID Global, an ASSA ABLOY brand, is world’s leader provider of secure identity solutions. The company is focused on creating customer value with product, service and know-how solutions for access and identification-related applications. Based in Irvine, California, HID Global has more than 1,900 employees across the globe.