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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.

MercTech 5 reveals trends, educates attendees, provides networking opportunities and more

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Venturing off to Coronado Island, right outside of San Diego for MercTech 5 was an exciting adventure into the open architecture world of physical security. Various trends were identified, company announcements made, valuable networking with security companies was experienced as well as education and fun. 

To kick off the conference, Matt Barnette, president, Mercury Security, announced that this year, the company will be formally converting to HID Global and they are always looking for new partners. (HID Global purchased Mercury Security, an OEM supplier of controllers for physical access control, in 2017.) Thus far, Mercury Security has kept their original logo, with the added phrase: “part of HID Global.” 

Serra Luck, VP end user and consultant business, HID Global followed with three major trends in the physical access control market: the evolution of identity; service oriented and convergence of video, biometrics, access control, lighting and more to be controlled by a single device. Luck identified what she termed “BIMruption,” building information modeling in which a wholistic view of a building, including its vulnerabilities, can be seen before the structure is actually built. This enables the simulation of possible terror attacks, physical breaches, structural integrity and more so that security consultants, integrators and end-users can become even more proactive in preventing security-related issues.

Donna Chapman, consultant relations business development manager, ASSA ABLOY compared how she “talks up” security consultants to their partners. She likens it to doing taxes. 

“Can I do taxes,” she asked the audience, hypothetically. To which she answered, “yes, but am I up-to-date on all the tax regulations…no, and that’s ‘ok’ unless I get audited. So, it’s easier and safer to have my taxes done by a professional…same with security consultants.”

The two full days of the conference continued on with valuable education as well as meetings with various Mercury Security partners, followed by amazing dinners and networking events. Partners were available in various suites in a “speed dating” type of format, 45 minutes in length, where security consultants learned about their solutions as well as got their questions answered. 

A consultant roundtable took place, in which hot topics were discussed, one of which was the adoption of Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP), a communication standard developed by the Security Industry Association (SIA) to improve interoperability among access control and security devices. Security consultants were also concerned with specifying manufacturer’s certifications, asking if companies could possibly add certification numbers or some sort of identification so each certification is easier to “spec.” 

As the event concluded and I began to reflect, one of the most valuable takeaways from the whole conference emerged. Steve Wagner, president of Open Options, said the following during a speed dating session: “Everyone employed with Open Options is empowered to make decisions on behalf of customers; if a mistake is made with any such decisions, it will be to the benefit of the client.” This customer/client-first mentality, in my opinion, is a big piece of the pie that security companies must incorporate into their culture for maximum success. 

 

HID Global launches cloud platform for the connected workspace

Company to help create worldwide innovation ecosystem
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01/23/2019

AUSTIN, Texas—HID Global, a creator of identity solutions based here, recently announced HID Origo, a cloud platform to help partners create a more seamless and intuitive workplace built on HID’s access control architecture.

Access control in the cloud

Powering the future of mobile access, big data, AI and IoT
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11/15/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine—On the residential side of security, the idea of using your phone to disarm your alarm, open your door or just check on things remotely has not only become expected today but demanded, as both manufacturers and dealers have embraced this new wireless world we are all living in. But on the commercial side of the business, especially within access control, that same kind of convenience, ease of use and access to resources and data at your fingertips is not quite there yet, although conversations with some leading cloud providers in this area provide both hope and tempered excitement for the future of access control in the cloud.

ACRE to sell Mercury Security to HID Global

HID plans for tighter integration between controllers and readers
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09/20/2017

LAS VEGAS—Access Control Related Enterprises LLC, owner of Vanderbilt and ComNet, recently announced the sale of Mercury Security Products to HID Global, a brand under ASSA ABLOY. Mercury is a supplier of OEM access control hardware.

Mobile credentials: Trusted identities

A guest commentary on transforming how people move through buildings and interact with systems and services
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06/07/2017

Today’s buildings are getting smarter while the people inside them are becoming more mobile and connected. Trusted identities bring everything together, helping to secure, customize and enhance the user experience in today’s smart buildings, empower the occupants to do more there with greater efficiency, and deliver new capabilities that embrace the power of the Internet of Things (IoT).

HID Global acquires Bluvision

Deal expands company’s Bluetooth solutions for the enterprise IoT market
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12/19/2016

AUSTIN, Texas—HID Global, a company that specializes in identity solutions, has acquired Bluvision, a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) provider in the enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) market. The deal closed Dec. 1, and financial terms were not disclosed.

Denis Hébert named president of Feenics

Former HID CEO joins cloud-based access control startup
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08/03/2016

OTTAWA—Denis Hébert, current chairman of the board of SIA, and the former CEO of HID Global, today was named president of Feenics, a cloud-based access control manufacturer.

HID Global buys DemoTeller

Deal provides new regulatory-compliant offering for financial institutions
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07/20/2016

AUSTIN, Texas—Identity solution provider HID Global on July 18 announced the acquisition of DemoTeller, a provider of instant issuance solutions for the financial market. 

Stefan Widing to lead HID Global

Widing replaces Denis Hebert who left in May
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06/12/2015

STOCKHOLM—Stefan Widing will take over as head of HID Global and EVP of ASSA ABLOY, parent company of HID, on Aug. 1.

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