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C•CURE 9000 Access Control Platform Adds New Smart Card Encoding To Increase Credential Security And Flexibility

Johnson Controls introduces the newest versions of its C•CURE 9000 security and event management platform from Software House to now include greater credential security and flexibility in smart card encoding by integrating with two new smart card technologies. New personnel and credential management functionalities for the Software House C•CURE 9000 v2.60 SP1 (standalone) and v2.61 (unified with victor from American Dynamics) adds support for NXP MIFARE DesFire EV1 and EV2 smart card encoding.

Stafford Mahfouz Named to Smart Card Alliance’s Access Control Council Steering Committee

Tyco Security Products announced that Stafford Mahfouz, Manager of the Government and Department of Defense Vertical for Tyco Security Products, has been elected to the Smart Card Alliance’s Access Control Council steering committee for 2015-2016 as a representative of physical access control product and services providers.

Farpointe’s MAXSecure Provides Increased Security to Card-Based Access Control Systems

Farpointe Data, the access control industry’s global partner of choice for premium RFID solutions, today announced that access control manufacturers and integrators can now provide their customers with a way to protect their card-based systems from skimming, eavesdropping and relay attacks. Skimming occurs when the attacker uses an unauthorized reader to access information on the unsuspecting victim’s RFID card or tag without consent.

Access Control Systems: Six Key Planning Steps

At one time, the function of an access control system was simply to enable facilities to control the ability to enter and leave without using hard keys, while creating a logging system with no paper. Access control systems have evolved into multi-faceted tools that can control the movement of people and assets, support video, and integrate cameras as well as financial and vending systems — all with the use of one smartcard or token. Because of this complexity, it’s essential to follow the proper steps in planning access control systems.

XTec Adds Over 100 Federal Agencies for HSPD-12 Smart Card Issuance

XTec Incorporated today announced that it was awarded the HSPD-12 Shared Service Provider contract by the General Services Administration. The award is to support the GSA Managed Service Office (MSO) that provides HSPD-12 credential enrollment, issuance, and management for more than 100 federal agencies under the USAccess program.

Google Launches Security Key, World’s First Deployment of Fast Identity Online Universal Second Factor (FIDO U2F) Authentication

Google Chrome became the first web browser to implement support for FIDO Alliance authentication standards, opening the door for any website to deploy simpler, stronger FIDO U2F authentication to users of the world’s most popular web browser.

Zwipe Biometric Card Holders Can Use Installed Proximity and Smart Card Readers

Among the enhancements to its biometric card, Zwipe announced that presently installed proximity card readers, as well as smart card readers, can now be used by organizations that want to add biometric authorization to their verification process without having to implement biometric readers.

Eliminating Traditional Card-Only Authentication With a Biometric Card

All of the recent news reports about the mishandling and hacking of card information has made both consumers and institutions more leery of using a card only to verify the card holder, especially at openings that need a higher level of security. There is an increasing demand for an affordable way to use biometrics to authenticate the card holder without having to replace already-installed readers and equipment.

Norwegian Law Firm Secured by Zwipe Biometric Card

Zwipe, which provides contactless smart cards with on-card fingerprint reading, announced that Simonsen VogtWiig, a well known law firm located in the middle of the financial district of Oslo, is deploying the Zwipe biometric card for managing access to doors and printers. The Zwipe biometric card quickly reads the user’s fingerprint in less than a […]

HID Global Provides Advanced Access Control Solutions To Norway’s Postal Service

HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, announced that its physical access control solutions have been deployed by Norway Post to provide toddpostal service, Norway Post deployed Genuine HID multiCLASS SE® readers and multi-technology cards at its Robsrud Terminal, from where more than 60 percent of all the mail in Norway is handled. […]

Claremont, NH’s Stevens High Renovation Project Includes Security Cameras

The multi-million dollar renovation of Stevens High School now includes $43,000 in security cameras. The committee overseeing the renovation voted Wednesday to use money from a contingency fund for the project to pay for interior video cameras that will monitor common areas including hallways, classrooms, the gymnasium, and the auditorium. The decision brings the total […]

Zwipe Introduces Rbert Fee as North American Director of Sales

Zwipe announced that Robert (Bob) Fee will help smartcard OEMs in North America, their integrators, and end-users to leverage the Zwipe biometric card, a contactless smart card credential with on-card fingerprint reading. With the Zwipe card, organizations can have users authenticate themselves directly on the biometric card through something they are, a fingerprint, without having […]

Ready for Hybrid Access Control?

Ready for Hybrid Access Control? Today, there are three major initiatives for cards and credentials on college and healthcare campuses. Every security director needs to be aware of them. 1. Smart cards are becoming the credential of choice. If you presently use magnetic stripe or proximity cards, start planning for the switchover now. 2. It’s going to be a hybrid world. Although smart cards will be the credential of choice, multiple types of credentials such as key systems, PINs, various cards and biometrics , will still be necessary for certain operations. Adding specialized credentials to such areas is possible. And, even though you may be using multiple credentials, you still will want one system to manage all of them. 3. Get ready for new technologies such as near field communications (NFC) . With NFC-enabled smart phones, you will be able to employ your employees’/customers’ own smart phones as access credentials, just like they would use smart cards. Start preparing now. Now a smart credential, which costs about the same as a proximity card, provides a higher level of security, more convenience and far greater functionality. As used on campuses and in newer access control systems, smart credentials have the ability to manage access, payments and many other functions much more securely. For instance, MIFARE DESFire EV1 smart cards offer several layers of security, including mutual authentication. This creates the ability for the client to verify or authenticate the server. These smart credentials also provide: AES 128-bit encryption, a key […]

AMAG Technology’s Adam Shane Recognized For Outstanding Work On Access Control Council

AMAG Technology’s Senior Systems Design Architect, Adam Shane was selected as one of three Top Contributors for the Smart Card Alliance Access Control Council for 2013.  His leadership, time and input have contributed to the success of the council, and he was recognized at the Smart Card Alliance gala award dinner in Coral Gables, Florida on December 9, 2013.  Shane is one of the founding members of the council which was formed in 2005.  “The Smart Card Alliance has an honorable mission, to educate industry, users and government on appropriate uses of smart cards,” said Shane.  “The work we do on the Access Control Council is important as it provides a consolidated industry and government voice to standards making bodies and the federal government policy makers.  I am proud of our collective contributions and look forward to continuing the effort.”  The Smart Card Alliance Access Control Council (SCA ACC) is focused on accelerating the widespread acceptance, use, and application of smart card technology for physical and logical access control. The group brings together, in an open forum, leading users, technologists, suppliers and system integrators from both the public and private sector and works on activities that are important for secure access control.  The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology. The Alliance invests heavily in education on the appropriate uses of smart card technology in a way that protects privacy and enhances security and […]