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HID Global completes NFC-enabled smartphone pilot at two enterprise businesses

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09/25/2012

IRVINE, Calif.—HID Global on Sept. 25 announced the completion of two pilot programs validating how Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled smartphones allow employees to open doors with a mobile device.

HID Global and Tamoco promote NFC Mobile at Tribeca Film Festival

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05/20/2014

AUSTIN, Texas and LONDON—Secure identity solution provider HID Global and Tamoco, which does mobile marketing technology and analytics, announced the successful use of HID Trusted Tag Services at an “out-of-home” (OOH) promotional campaign for the Tribeca Film Festival 2014.

HID Global at ISC West    

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03/25/2014

AUSTIN, Texas—Secure identity solutions provider HID Global will demonstrate its latest secure identity solutions and emerging technologies that leverage Bluetooth LE and NFC at ISC West.

HID reportedly paid $60m for Lumidigm

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Updated 2/13/14

Identity solution provider HID this week made its second purchase in a month, buying fingerprint biometric provider Lumidigm.
In January,  HID announced that it had purchased IdenTrust, a provider of digital identities.

The Albuquerque Journal is reporting that HID paid more than $60 million for the biometric company. Through a spokesperson HID said that because this is a "private transaction" the company would not comment on the purchase price.

I was not able to speak to Jeff Kessler at Imperial Capital about the deal. (Imperial advised Lumidigm,) but I did get a look at a research brief Kessler published on Feb. 12, where he said this deal "continues to put distance between Assa Abloy’s HID Division and the competition in the way of interoperable, identity solutions for government and enterprise users."

Here's more from Kessler's brief:

In our opinion, Assa Abloy has made a concerted effort to become the undisputed leader in higher technology access control and identification solutions for not just enterprises and institutions, but for Government as well—the latter is an area in which it did not have a lot of traction until 2011. However, a series of acquisitions have turned the company into the leader in this segment from a revenue perspective. This is unlike Safran (which purchased L-1 in 2010), which is primarily involved in registration and border identification. The challenge remains for Assa Abloy and HID to integrate these acquired technologies and companies carefully, to let some of the more creative sectors provide both competitive advantage to Assa Abloy, yet still remain the leading providers of software and identity solutions to other companies in the industry as well.

Founded in 2001 and based in Albuquerque, N.M., Lumidigm has 33 employees. Its 2014 sales are expected to be $25 million, and the deal is expected to be accretive to earnings per share, according to HID parent company ASSA ABLOY.

Common problems with fingerprint biometrics include that fact that the technology will not work in harsh environments or when peoples’ fingers are dirty. In addition, some peoples’ fingerprints are simply not detectable. Lumidigm’s technology overcomes these problems, HID said, with its patented “multispectral imaging technology [that] uses multiple light spectrums and advanced polarization techniques to extract unique fingerprint characteristics from both the surface and subsurface of the skin.” The technology is also highly effective in detecting “imposter or ‘spoof’ fingerprints,” according to HID.  

Lumidigm’s products are used in verticals such as banking, healthcare, entertainment, and government services. HID is also interested in Lumidigm’s “premier global customer base,” HID CEO Denis Hebert said in a prepared statement.  

The opportunity for HID, according to a statement from Bob Harbour, executive chairman of Lumidigm is: “to apply multispectral imaging capabilities to credential acquisition and authentication, gesture recognition, and other image-based process control systems, making multi-factor authentication on a single, integrated device a reality.”

HID acquires IdenTrust

Identity solution provider also launches channel program and goes to Texas
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01/22/2014

AUSTIN, Texas—From its newly christened headquarters here, identity solution provider HID Global today announced it has acquired IdenTrust, a provider of digital identities.

HID opens new world headquarters

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01/20/2014

AUSTIN, Texas—The new HID Global World Headquarters and North American Operations Center is now open in Austin, Texas, the company announced Jan. 13.

Tyco, HID Global systems win FICAM approval

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11/01/2013

WESTFORD, Mass.—The U.S. General Services commissions has approved an end-to-end physical access control system consisting of products from Tyco’s Software House and HID Global as a fully compliant FICAM solution, the two companies announced Oct. 30.

Spitler on success in security: ‘There’s always that thing known as hard work’

For the fifth consecutive year, SSN is profiling women who are making their mark in the traditionally male-dominated world of security. Debra Spitler, VP mobile access solutions for HID Global, is one of seven women featured.
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10/16/2013

IRVINE, Calif.—Mobile is a good word to describe Debra Spitler, VP mobile access solutions for HID Global.

NFC access control: cool and coming, but not close

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09/25/2013

If the operative word for near field communications access control is “cool,” then the obvious question is: “Are we there yet?”

HID gets patent aimed at increasing security with hand motions

Hulusi ‘It’s the ultimate three-dimensional mouse'
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07/10/2013

IRVINE, Calif.—HID believes that waving your hand in a unique pattern will be another way to increase the security of a smart card or smartphone used for access control in the future, and it announced July 9 several new patents for gesture-based methods of authentication.

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