HID Global unveils HID Aero

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas—HID Global extended its open-architecture controller line with the introduction of HID Aero. Building on the proven success of its Mercury intelligent controller platform delivering total security beyond the door, HID Aero extends flexibility and access control choices to a wide range of businesses while future-proofing an organization’s investment as requirements change. 

“HID Aero is providing features to a broader market that were generally available only in solutions for larger organizations, while eliminating the ongoing cost and complexity of designing, manufacturing and maintaining panel hardware at the same time,” Stephen Carney, vice president of product marketing, physical access control solutions with HID Global, said in the announcement. “It also brings end-to-end security to everyday applications with encrypted communication and threat detection, and its robust features to meet corporate compliance.” 

HID Aero platform controllers fit in the same footprint as the earlier HID VertX controllers and are backward compatible with HID VertX modules. The controllers include hardware, firmware, software and tools that speed up development time as well as host and controller authentication and encryption to protect keys. HID Aero enables remote management capabilities with HID Signo and other HID readers supporting Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP), minimizing the need for field inspection and reconfiguration.

“With over 25 years in the market and used in more than four million panels shipped globally, HID’s Mercury open platform hardware addresses the full spectrum of access control requirements,” Matt Barnette, vice president of global accounts and Mercury, physical access control solutions with HID Global, said. “This ensures OEM partners, installers and end customers spanning virtually all vertical markets can select from a variety of controller solutions to meet their needs.”