Aladdin Dabbles Better Than HID Strategizes
Why haven’t I seen a cool press release from HID about Crescendo like this? Oh, I forgot, Crescendo is just a card…
Now for a really cool announcement. Aladdin, innovator in cards and the infrastructure that supports them, but which barely has a clue about physical and logical security convergence, announced a deal with mega-integrator, Unisys. The integrator will deploy more than 28,000 Aladdin eToken smart cards to provide employees with integrated physical/data access at 300 of Unisys’ worldwide facilities.
So here is an IT software company making a dramatic entry into converged physical and logical access with essentially no understanding of the physical security industry. Meanwhile, HID, the so-called leader in door access cards and readers, keeps its foot squarely on the brakes. I heard an HID executive at ISC explain why HID "can’t afford" to have a strategy to embrace the future. I guess Aladdin, a software company best known for its digital rights management solution can put together an effective "futuristic" solution like this, but HID cannot.
Don’t worry, HID. For all I know, the Aladdin cards are being used with HID readers – so you’ll still have some business left.
Aladdin eToken smart cards (about the size a typical credit card) serve an efficient, dual role for employees, allowing them to use the eToken smart card to gain physical access to offices while also using the same eToken smart card for Windows Network Logon. The integrated authentication solution illustrates the efficiency that can be gained by maximizing the flexibility and power of eToken smart cards solutions. "We selected Aladdin eToken for widespread deployment at Unisys because of its proven reliability and high performance during extensive testing and evaluation," said John D. Frymier, director of information security, Unisys. "Convenience, performance, seamless integration and ease of use are critical, since thousands of employees with digital credentials will use them to enter a Unisys facility and log on to the network. This integrated solution maximizes the use of smart card technology, creating a streamlined tool that provides a simple and consistent layer of security."