New Sphinx Logon Manager Release for Contactless Cards Enables Convergence of Facility Access Control and IT Access Control
San Francisco, October 21, 2004 Open Domain Sphinx Solutions announces the official release of the Sphinx Logon Manager software for contactless cards. The new software release makes it possible to use a facility access contactless ID card for both facility and computer access.
This release has been eagerly anticipated by both security industry partners and end-customers, who see great benefits in the convergence of facility access and computer access.
"The corporate enterprise marketplace is redefining access control," according to Dovell Bonnett, director of Partners and Alliances for HID Corporation. "Today these corporations need secure, authorized access into both the physical and virtual worlds. Sphinx Logon Manager offers this scalable, cost effective solution designed to meet these demands."
The contactless card version of the Sphinx software has already completed in-house trials at several customer sites, and has garnered accolades for its effectiveness and ease-of-use.
Open Domain Sphinx Solutions Vice President, Alex Seton reports, "Chief Security Officers from Fortune 500 companies are coming to us and expressing their need to leverage existing physical access control methods with logical capabilities. We're seeing this need expressed across a wide range of vertical markets. Our company has historically developed technologies to better utilize deployed infrastructure, and the combination of facility access card and Sphinx continues in this tradition."
The Sphinx Logon Manager software enables two-factor authentication to computers, when used in combination with an ID card and a desktop reader. Adding two-factor authentication to the computer logon process provides a high level of added security.
Because the original version of the software worked with contact chip cards, the added capability of the contactless release now makes it possible for companies to opt for a "mixed hybrid solution" which utilizes both contact and contactless cards. For example, while office workers could perform PC logons with their contactless facility access card, managers could take advantage of the network-independent portability of a contact chip solution and opt to perform logons using a contact chip embedded into their contactless facility access card - all within the same Sphinx installation.
The new version of the software can be used with most industry standard contactless cards, including 13.56 MHz cards, and a variety of contact chip cards. Examples of compatible products include HID Prox and iCLASS cards, Indala Flexpass cards, Siemens CardOS and G&D StarCos contact chip cards, OMNIKEY desktop contactless and contact chip card readers, RF IDeas desktop contactless card readers, and any PC/SC compatible contact chip card reader.
About the Sphinx Logon Manager Software
The Sphinx Logon Manager software was originally developed for use with contact chip smart cards, and is in continuous use at a substantial installed base of corporate, financial, government and educational institutions world-wide. The software stores user names and passwords, and facilitates access to Windows, networks, websites, and applications using an ID card.
About Open Domain Sphinx Solutions
Open Domain Sphinx Solutions, Inc. was established in 2004 to concentrate solely on the promotion, support, and further development of the Sphinx software. The software was originally developed for use in Open Domain, Inc. partner projects. Open Domain Sphinx Solutions continues to work closely with Open Domain on projects which have special integration needs.
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About HID Corporation
HID is the premier global supplier of contactless access control cards and readers for the security industry. With over 200 million credentials (cards, fobs and keys) in use worldwide, HID leads the industry in 13.56 MHz and 125 kHz RFID card and reader technology for a wide range of applications including access control, IT secure authentication, time and attendance, digital cash/cashless vending, automotive vehicle identification, and biometric verification. HID's award-winning product line includes iCLASSŪ 13.56 MHz contactless smart cards and readers, 125 kHz proximity, magnetic stripe, and Wiegand technology cards and readers. The company also provides specialized card manufacturing services including custom pre-printed graphics, micro printing and anti-counterfeiting elements, holograms or ultraviolet ink for increased card security. HID is headquartered in Irvine, California, with international offices supporting more than 100 countries. The company is part of the ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group. To learn more, please visit www.hidcorp.com.
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