IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, today announced it has acquired Codebench™, a leader in physical security identity management particularly for the government sector. The acquisition brings together two award-winning, highly complementary offerings in validation software and solutions for government credentials, and will enable HID Global to offer complete, field-tested solutions that speed and simplify deployment for its federal agency and contractor customers. Additionally, the acquisition positions HID Global to serve emerging government and commercial markets with significant growth potential.
"This acquisition further strengthens the Genuine HID® value proposition while expanding our award-winning solutions for creating, using and managing identity," said HID Global president and CEO Denis Hébert. "The Codebench acquisition brings key integration capabilities while reinforcing and enhancing our mutual relationships with customers and OEM partners. Additionally, this acquisition positions us for a number of new market opportunities, including extending federal identity technology into the commercial sector, and moving our PKI strong authentication offering beyond the desktop to the door."
The Codebench offering joins HID Global's federal identity portfolio and will enable the company to give customers everything they need to upgrade their physical access control system (PACS) in accordance with Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 201 (FIPS-201) guidelines for personal identity verification (PIV). Codebench's integration capability is a particularly important element for delivering end-to-end, field-tested solutions. The addition of Codebench's portfolio will also enhance HID Global's capability to offer Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) solutions as well as more complete PACS integration capabilities, and to extend these capabilities into HID Global's identity assurance Card Management System (CMS) appliance.
The acquisition will also enable HID Global to serve the emerging market for commercial identity verification (CIV) using the same technologies as PIV for broader applications in healthcare, local and state government, first responder groups, and a broad range of other organizations. Additionally, the acquisition positions HID Global at the forefront of industry efforts to move strong authentication beyond logical access control at the desktop, where HID Global already has a leading offering, to include similar capabilities for physical access control at the door.
"We are very pleased to join the HID Global organization," said Codebench CEO Geri Castaldo. "Our two companies' combined offering is unparalleled in its breadth and comprehensiveness for federal and government users as well as commercial applications that require the highest levels of security. The combination of our portfolios plus HID Global's scale and channel strength also positions us for new market opportunities that neither company could have pursued individually in the near term."
Codebench remains located in Coconut Creek, Florida, and the company's products, executives and staff become part of HID Global's Identity Access Management (IAM) business.
About HID Global
HID Global is the trusted source for innovative products, services, solutions, and know-how related to the creation, use, and management of secure identities for millions of customers around the world. The company's served markets include physical and logical access control, including strong authentication and credential management; card printing and personalization; visitor management systems; highly secure government and citizen ID; and identification RFID technologies used in animal ID and industry and logistics applications. Primary brands are ActivIdentity®, EasyLobby®, FARGO® and HID®. Headquartered in Irvine, California, HID Global has over 2,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com.
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Codebench is a software development firm focused exclusively on physical security applications. A leading developer of software integration solutions, Codebench's PIVCheck software suite was twice named Best Integrated System for HSPD-12/FIPS 201 Compliance by Government Security News. A certified Women's Business Enterprise located in Coconut Creek, Fla., Codebench serves the Fortune 500, academic and government markets. For more information, visit www.pivcheck.com or call (561) 883-3218.
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