HID Global is mainly known for providing proximity cards and door readers. However recently they moved into cloud and mobile space providing credentials built for smartphone 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:
HID is only part of a physical security system - it typically 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 which HID collaborates with another Assa Abloy company called SEOS on. The issue of companies focusing on buying HID results often in the situation that complex scenarios of different vendors have to be drawn out to make this work.
Typically with IT and door systems licenses are charge per managed access points, i.e. doors. 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 when people switch to a new phone or deleted the App, the company has to pay another license.
Since neither of the smartphone credentials or readers are connected to a cloud service, they have to be locally hosted to be synchronized with the cloud. That means although the service looks like to be mobile and cloud based, a local Windows server will be required.
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Beyond the general points mentioned above, on a more detailed level here are the main features of HID mobile and HID global solutions:
Main Features of HID mobile include: Mobile enabled readers, Secure Mobile IDS, Secure Identity Management, Mobile Access Deployment Bluetooth (BLE) and NFC technology, Smartphone App based unlocks
HID Global Solutions include Access Control, Identity Management, Mobile Authentication, Biometrics Cards and Credentials
HID Global is at the forefront of access credential solutions. Create security identities but also management and the use itself are strengths of HID Global Mobile Access. Unique features are robust quality, innovative designs, and industry leadership. OEM's come to HID as well as developers and integrators to integrate HID mobile access into their security project around physical access control.
Increasingly IT departments and IT security looks for strong authentication and credential management but also card personalization, visitor management and identification technologies. HID Global is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. HID Global works only with Genuine HID products and solutions.
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If clients decide to purchase those, they trust HID's commitment to performance, value and service. 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 cost? The best way to estimate the cost is to get a quote online on their 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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