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Smart card management security enhancements

ActivIdentity : 02 October, 2009  (New Product)
ActivID Card Management gains automatic certificate renewal along with support for PKC standards for improved credential management
ActivIdentity has announced significant enhancements to the company's flagship product, ActivIdentity ActivID Card Management System. Adding automatic certificate renewal and smart card update capabilities as well as support for public key cryptography standards (PKCS) #11-compliant middleware enables organizations to further streamline the management of smart cards, USB tokens and associated certificates, resulting in reduced costs of deployment and increased end user productivity.

In conjunction with ActivIdentity ActivClient security software as well as PKCS #11-compliant middleware, ActivIdentity ActivID Card Management System issues and manages smart cards and smart USB tokens that are being used for a wide variety of desktop, network security, and productivity applications. In its fullest use case, this solution becomes a "smart employee ID" for both logical and physical access control. The ActivIdentity ActivID Card Management System is currently being deployed by security-minded, large-scale organizations such as Nissan and Repsol and has also been used for the issuance and management of Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards in the US Federal government.

The new enhancements include: improved device administration through automatic certificate renewal and automatic smart card updates, support of third-party PKCS #11 middleware, support for PIV-Interoperability for non-federal organizations, and updated environmental support (e.g., Microsoft Windows Server 2008). The overall result of these enhancements is a lower total cost of ownership and increased security.

'Smart cards are increasingly being used in multi-function / multi-application environments such as government, payment, and healthcare markets,' said Peter Finalle, research analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "Considering the post-issuance update requirements in such scenarios, a more sophisticated smart card management system becomes a necessity. As the ActivIdentity platform promotes ease of management and secure card updating capabilities, the company is well positioned to address these emerging market needs."

"The enhancements to our ActivID Card Management System bolster ActivIdentity's leadership position in the corporate identity and credential management space,' said Grant Evans, chairman and chief executive officer at ActivIdentity. "At the same time, these advancements represent the first step in the evolution of our product to address the needs of credential issuance and life cycle management in other key market segments such as payments, transportation and mobile technologies.'

The newest version of ActivIdentity ActivID Card Management System is available immediately. For pricing, please contact ActivIdentity.

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