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Distribution deal for HID on the Desktop

Computerlinks : 23 June, 2009  (Company News)
Physical and logical access control from HID Global joins list of products handled by the IP physical security division of distributor Computerlinks
Computerlinks, a global distributor of IT security and Internet technology solutions, has agreed to distribute HID Global’s HID on the Desktop solution in the UK and Ireland. The announcement gives IT security resellers the means to deliver a simple, secure and convenient solution to their clients that combines physical and logical access on a single card combining three different uses – photo ID, door access and IT security.

The agreement with HID Global, the trusted worldwide leader in providing solutions for the delivery of secure identity, adds a further set of components to Computerlinks’ IP physical security division. HID on the Desktop combines physical and logical access on a single card that can be used as a photo ID badge, a “key” that opens doors and as a second authentication factor for logging into the IT infrastructure. The convergence of these three uses provides users with a ‘chip and pin’ style approach they will be familiar with from ATMs and in their high street stores.

John Turner, head of Computerlinks’ IP physical security division commented: “The addition of HID on the Desktop to our portfolio creates an exciting opportunity for IT resellers to exploit the convergence of physical and logical security technologies. Resellers will now be able to provide an affordable and secure solution to their clients, many of whom will already be using HID access cards as part of their physical security systems.”

Computerlinks will be providing full pre-sales training and support to resellers who choose to take advantage of this emerging market. According to research commissioned last month by Computerlinks, 41 percent of large enterprises are now considering implementing IP-based physical security solutions in the next six months.

“The addition of Computerlinks to our existing traditional physical security channel significantly broadens our route to market,” said Spencer Marshall, distribution channel manager, UK and Ireland, for HID Global. “With their established global support infrastructure and pedigree within IT security, Computerlinks is ideally positioned to help resellers take advantage of these converging markets and their clients’ existing investment in HID access cards.”

The three components of HID on the Desktop are the cards, the readers and the naviGO software. Designed as a cost-effective Windows-based software solution, naviGO simplifies the deployment of strong authentication. In place of the standard Windows username/password screen, users see bright iconic tiles that offer multiple log-in options, including the use of an HID credential. Users will already understand how the card ‘works’ and do not need specific training as they will be familiar with using a card for door access and a card with a PIN at an ATM cash dispenser.

The full range of vendors in Computerlinks’ IP physical security division now includes; Panasonic System Solutions, Milestone Systems, Honeywell Access Systems and Honeywell Video Systems, Netgenium Systems, HID Global, and Mobotix.
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