HID Global Introduces OMNIKEY® Secure Element

OMNIKEY® Secure Element is said to provide wider integration capabilities than the iCLASS SE Processor while retaining compatibility with it at an API level.

HID Global, an identity solutions provider, announces its OMNIKEY® Secure Element, aimed to set a new simplicity standard for reader manufacturers and others integrating RFID-based security technology into connected solutions.

The OMNIKEY Secure Element, which supports applications in connected workplaces, healthcare environments, education campuses, and office buildings, will succeed the iCLASS SE Processor. It is the first step toward consolidating and optimizing HID Global’s desktop reader and reader module offerings, the company says.

OMNIKEY Secure Element is said to provide wider integration capabilities than the iCLASS SE Processor while retaining compatibility with it at an application programming interface (API) level. It adds support to credential technologies, including mobile IDS and employee badges in Apple wallet, while enabling current and emerging secure access identification and authentication applications, ranging from locker management to electric vehicle charging.

The single-chip OMNIKEY Secure Element represents a safe key for leveraging all the advantages of Seos® credential technology, such as multi-application converged access on mobile phones, according to the company. It also supports other technologies from HID Global, including iCLASS, and can be used for other card protocols such as MIFARE DESFire®.

“OMNIKEY Secure Element is the first of many OMNIKEY rollouts that will make it easier to create secured and convenient experiences using one consolidated development system that speeds technology integration, improves performance and expands user choices,” said Thierry Roz, Managing Director, RFID Business Unit, Extended Access Technologies, HID Global. “This latest addition underscores HID Global’s commitment to giving users secure yet effortless access to everything throughout the building and beyond. We are excited to migrate our existing partners and customers onto this new platform as they continue their innovation journey with us.”

Other benefits and features are said to include:

  • Secure Identity Object (SIO): Provides a secure, standards-based, technology-independent, and flexible identity data structure based on a new open credential standard.
  • Faster Integration: Developers Tool Kit (DTK) provides resources that facilitate fast and easy integration and extends access to HID Global’s broad developer community.
  • Field-Updatable Firmware: Includes support for existing credential technologies, such as standard iCLASS and Seos. Firmware is field-upgradeable to address evolving market requirements.
  • Low Power Consumption: Saves power and associated costs by hibernating when not in use.

For more information about OMNIKEY Secure Element, visit hidglobal.com.

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