Review Created:
June 19, 2019
HID Global Access Pricing

HID Global's Mobile Access Technology Pricing and Review

HID Global is mainly known for providing proximity cards and door readers; however, recently it moved into cloud and mobile space providing credentials built for smartphones using the SEOS platform by Assa Abloy.

If you are looking to benchmark or compare HID to some of the alternatives, here is an analysis:

1. HID is a credential and reader provider

HID is only part of a physical security system—it provides the user-facing card credential and wall proximity reader. The actual access control system and management is typically provided by a different provider as well as the mobile credentials. HID collaborates with another Assa Abloy company called SEOS to provide its mobile credentials. The main issue when buying HID is the need to negotiate with different vendors in order to make the system work.

2. Pricing is per downloaded key

IT and door system licenses are charged per managed access point, i.e. per door. In HID mobile's case, there is a charge for every user on the system. Even beyond that, there is a charge for every newly downloaded credential, so if a user switches to a new phone or deletes the app then the company has to pay for another license.

3. Hosting of credentials is on premise

In an HID system, since neither the smartphone credentials or readers are connected to a cloud service, they have to be locally hosted in order to be synchronized with the cloud. This means that although the service looks likes it is mobile and cloud-based, a local Windows server is required.

A Guide to Access Control

To gain a better understanding of access control and how it works you can download our Access Control Guide as a PDF here.

Beyond the general points mentioned above, on a more detailed level here are the main features of HID mobile and HID global solutions:

HID

Company Overview

HID, which is owned by lock manufacturer ASSA ABLOY, is mainly known for providing proximity cards and door readers. However, it recently moved into the cloud and mobile space, providing credentials built for smartphones. HID is only part of a physical security system — it provides the user-facing card credential and wall proximity reader. The actual access control system and management is typically provided by a different provider as well as the mobile credentials.

HID collaborates with another ASSA ABLOY company called Seos, as well as other organizations, to provide its mobile credentials. The brand’s access control can be used in a variety of scenarios, and its mobile access feature means that cardholders can simply use their phones as entry keys. IT and door system licenses are charged per managed access point, meaning per door. There is also a charge for every user entered on the system, including new downloaded credentials for users who happen to change their phone or delete the app.

HID Hardware

HID access control solutions include the following hardware and software, which can be used on their own or as part of a bigger system:

  • Biometric readers
  • Card encoders and printers
  • Access controllers
  • Access readers
  • E-passports and e-IDs
  • Embedded modules
  • RFID tags
  • ActivID Secure Multi-Factor Authentication

Major Features

HID Global is at the forefront of access credential solutions. The ability to create security identities while managing the use of those identities itself are some of the company's strengths. Unique features include high quality products, innovative designs and leading techniques within the access control industry. Some of the most popular features of HID include mobile-enabled readers, secure identity management, NFC technology and smartphone app-based unlocking.

Using HID’s biometric identification software can also increase your space’s security by a great amount, ensuring that the people who are attempting to access certain areas both have proper credentials and are who they say they are. This is a feature that’s growing in popularity within the industry, but not many companies offer it, so HID has a leg up in that regard. It is worth noting that HID's mobile access passes are a great alternative to hackable cards or Wiegand vulnerabilities.

IT departments and security are increasingly looking for strong authentication and credential management but also card personalization, visitor management and identification technologies, and HID is positioned to offer those services. With a wide assortment of products and software to choose from, any facility will likely find the service they need — especially facilities that require heavier security.

With Kisi Access Control You Also Get

Looking for an alternative?

Kisi's Cloud Based Physical Access Control System operates purely in the cloud, making it easy to set up and highly scalable as you expand.

Admins are able to easily establish granular controls with group, user and time-based restrictions -- just to name a few. End users have a range of unlocking options, including mobile apps available on Android and iOS, key cards and fobs.

Advantages of HID

  • Industry leading tech: Due to its powerful biometric tools and ability to create and manage cardholder identities, facilities with HID systems will be well-positioned as the industry moves into the future.
  • ASSA ABLOY backing: As one the security company’s brands, HID is positioned well within a wide array of other, related services, meaning a good level of support and product knowledge.
  • Biometric solutions: High-security facilities will want to opt for HID’s powerful biometric hardware and software, which improves security measures and authenticates cardholders very effectively.

Disadvantages of HID

  • Lots of charges: All access control companies will charge for each access point. However, charging for each individual cardholder in the system, especially ones that might have accidentally been taken out, is unusual and could rack up costs. There is a charge for every user on the system.
  • Not entirely cloud-based: Since neither of the smartphone credentials or readers are connected to a cloud service, they have to be locally hosted in order to be synchronized with the cloud. This means that although the service looks like it is mobile and cloud-based, a local server is required.
  • Confusing pricing: Like many other access control companies, HID does not provide clear rates on its site, slowing down the process of budgeting and installation.

Takeaways

HID Global works only with HID products and solutions. If clients decide to purchase those, they can trust HID's commitment to performance, value and service. Clients of HID Global solutions include many high-profile businesses, as well as organizations in virtually all industry sectors, including government, healthcare, retail, travel, finance and education. With the right budget, HID can be a great solution. But for companies that want to spend less money, the costs might just be too high.


Discover Kisi's state-of-the art mobile access control system

HID Global's platform of OEM's, developers, system integrators and distributors makes it a unique environment for any vendor or client to interact with. Clients of HID Global solutions include many Fortune 1000 customers as well as businesses and organizations in virtually all industry sectors, including government, healthcare, retail, industrial, commercial, airports/ports, finance and education. It is worth noting that HID's mobile access passes are a great alternative to hackable HID cards, Wiegand vulnerabilities or simply the wide range of HID passes.

How much does a HID mobile access system cost? The best way to estimate the cost is to get a quote online on its website, but if you are looking for an alternative, Kisi provides simple and transparent pricing plans and exceptionally fast delivery and installation.

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