HID Global brings PKIaaS into Europe

HID Global brings PKIaaS into Europe

Increasingly European enterprises must comply with regulations for establishing local residency of data and security infrastructure. HID Global now delivers its Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) as a Service (PKIaaS) with high availability and redundancy via a hybrid of data centers and cloud regions operated within the EU, enabling what it expects to be a growing number of European customers to simplify regulatory compliance.

HID Global, whose cloud-based HID PKIaaS platform delivers the industry’s broadest range of automation capabilities for managing privately issued and publicly trusted certificates.

Customers can choose for all data and cryptographic key material associated with HID Global’s PKIaaS to reside exclusively within the EU. By using multiple EU-based data centers and cloud regions, HID assures local residency without compromising high availability and redundancy.  This includes both its preconfigured service for a dedicated issuing certificate authority (CA) and its customized Private Root PKI service.

PKI is a foundational security technology that has become difficult to manage and maintain in-house without adding the cost and complexity of a dedicated, skilled staff. Outsourcing PKI solves the problem but must be accomplished without losing control of trusted assets. Local EU data residency and service redundancy further enhances this control while also making it easier for customers to comply with EU regulations.

HID has delivered local data residency and service redundancy through a combination of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and hosted data centers at multiple locations throughout the EU. The infrastructure is used to deliver HID’s complete PKIaaS offering, across all certificate validation systems.

HID Global certified for mobile ticketing

HID Global certified for mobile ticketing

HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced that it is the world’s first ticketing solution provider with a software development kit (SDK) that is fully certified and compliant to Calypso HCE standards for secure and convenient mobile ticketing on smartphones. The certification specifies how to protect ticket data stored in the mobile device’s wallet, helping transport operators to effectively fight fraud by preventing tickets from being duplicated, transferred or altered.

“CNA is pleased to issue to the HID SOMA Atlas 4Digital SDK this first certificate of compliance with the security requirements established for the HCE Calypso mobile ticketing application. This solution offers transport operators flexible, fast and secure solutions that comply with the principles of the most stringent mobile security programs,” said Philippe Vappereau, CEO of the Calypso Networks Association.

Relied on by public transportation networks and cities around the world, Calypso is an open standard for contactless ticketing applications in which Calypso cards and NFC mobile phones are used. The Calypso Host Card Emulation (HCE) standard extends the success of CNA standards to mobile devices, and the Calypso HCE Security Certification (CHSC) combines a state-of-the-art evaluation methodology with the most stringent requirements of mobile security programs.

“Being at the forefront of achieving this certification underscores HID’s long-standing commitment to a security-by-design approach to building trusted identity solutions for our customers,” said Cesare Paciello, Vice President, Events & Mobility Solutions with HID Global. “Following HID’s world’s first certification for Calypso Light in 2018, this new industry-first milestone positions HID to continue leading the way for public transportation networks to implement next-generation automated fare collection solutions. In addition to delivering advanced security to safeguard against cloning, eavesdropping and other cyberthreats, the HID SOMA Atlas 4Digital SDK enables easier, more streamlined mobile ticketing.”

Mobile tickets powered by the HID SOMA Atlas 4Digital SDK can be used with the near-field communication (NFC)-enabled smartphones, just like any paper or card-based tickets that meet the Calypso standard. The HID SDK also enables transport operators and authorities to greatly expand the range devices that customers can “tap to pay” for travel using Android smartphones and other NFC devices. Additionally, passengers can also use their mobile devices to add funds (“top-up”) their Calypso-based transport cards, making it even easier to pay and use public transport, while minimizing physical contact.

HID Global acquires Omni-ID

HID Global acquires Omni-ID

HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced that it has acquired Omni-ID, a leading manufacturer of RFID tags and industrial IoT hardware devices for passive and active tagging, tracking, monitoring and alerting applications. The acquisition extends HID’s market leadership in RFID technology and strengthens its presence in India and China.

“I am very pleased to welcome Omni-ID into the ASSA ABLOY Group and HID,” said Björn Lidefelt, EVP and Head of HID Global. “Omni-ID is a strategic technological addition to HID and reinforces our current RFID and IoT offering. Expanding our sales and manufacturing footprint in India and in China with Omni-ID will further enhance HID’s ability to serve customers locally, while extending our industrial IoT technology into emerging markets.”

Omni-ID provides passive, rugged long-range RAIN RFID ultra-high frequency (UHF) tags and labels in several form factors for an array of identification requirements. The company focuses on organizations in the industrial, oil & gas, transportation and other markets seeking rugged UHF RFID solutions for use in challenging environmental conditions (high heat, wind, dirt, explosive and other difficult scenarios).

Additionally, Omni-ID brings passive UHF temperature sensing to the HID identification technologies portfolio and fortifies HID’s deep expertise and capabilities in custom RFID design and personalization.

Active tags and solutions from Omni-ID are implemented with embedded technologies and protocols such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), LoRaWAN, GPS, Quuppa and Wirepas, which complement the HID Location Services offerings.

“The acquisition of Omni-ID supports HID’s Identification Technologies business strategy to power trusted identities by optimizing our portfolio with a broader range of value-added RAIN RFID UHF components, active identification devices and more ways to deliver highly customized, feature-rich solutions to customers as a leading component supplier for RFID use cases and IoT applications,” said Marc Bielmann, SVP and Head of Identification Technologies with HID Global.”