ISC West 2012: A Quantum Leap in Access Control


ISC West is always a busy time for HID Global...

...and between this year's mounting anticipation around our live demonstrations on creating, using and managing secure identities, up-to-the-minute mobile access developments and our launch of the new pivCLASS solutions that allow U.S. government facilities to PIV-enable their existing physical access control systems, the level of excitement was at an all-time high. And not long into the event, pivCLASS received an honorable mention at the ISC West Security Industry Association New Product Showcase awards, and we were thrilled and honored that our iCLASS SE next generation access control platform won the Best Access Control Product - Hardware and & Software award for innovation!

This award for iCLASS SE and ISC West 2012 marked the industry's overwhelming validation that the new wave of mobile access technology is poised to be the next major evolution in access control. The show amplified the fact that the technology is showing great potential for following the path of wide adoption similarly to what we've seen in the past with plastic access cards.

In fact, from Day One of ISC West, the buzz of anticipation around HID Global's "Access Control Goes Mobile" strategy briefing was loud and clear. Sure enough, the event hosted by HID Global and our parent company ASSA ABLOY packed in a record number of customers, partners, analysts and media - - all of whom were eager to hear the latest developments in mobile access. And early-on during the briefing, our president and CEO Denis Hébert so aptly summed up the conversations I had been hearing around mobile access during the show when he said, "Now a quantum leap in access control is upon us as we usher in a new era of digital keys and portable digital identity credentials that can be securely provisioned and safely embedded into smartphones."

This statement set the stage for an engaging session that covered the market opportunity for mobile access; the core elements or "ecosystem" necessary to deploy successful mobile access control systems; and live demonstrations that brought to life our entire mobile access ecosystem, from opening doors and accessing computers with NFC-enabled smartphones, to over-the-air-provisioning of credentials on mobile phones.

Strategy briefing with mobile access demonstrations available via webcast
If you were not able to attend the strategy briefing and/or would like to see HID's s iCLASS SE® next-generation platform in action, be sure to check out the event via webcast on-demand and also stay tuned as next week HID's chief technology officer will dive deeper into what it takes to develop a successful mobile access ecosystem.

Now that the dust has settled from an extremely busy ISC West this year, I'd like thank everyone who visited our booth and joined us for the strategy briefing to learn more about HID Global's products, solutions and services.

I look forward to seeing you at ASIS later this year!