HID Global Crescendo Cards Now Have Full Digital and Physical Contactless Capabilities

HID Global announced that its HID Crescendo® smart card family now supports HID® iCLASS® identification technology.

Cards allow users to seamlessly unlock doors, data, and their computers through a single, high-assurance authenticator that supports an organization’s Zero Trust security policy.

WHO: HID Global is the leader in seamless and converged access to the physical and cyber workplace. It has now extended the benefits of its Crescendo HID cards as an all-in-one solution for physical access and strong authentication in the digital workplace, on-premises and remotely.

WHAT: Crescendo C2300 smart cards allow organizations to issue a corporate ID badge that functions as a universal identifier, supporting FIDO, PKI and OATH, as well as options for Seos, Prox, MiFARE and now iCLASS® for physical access. Key elements of HID Global’s identity and access management multi-factor authentication ecosystem for staff, Crescendo cards and USB drives can be managed with the HID WorkforceID â„¢ cloud-based platform at the time of the launch. printing badges, issuing PKI certificates and enabling Oath-based authentication for IT systems and networks.

WHY: The addition of HID iCLASS 32K ID technology to the HID Crescendo C2300 cards expands user options for a full contactless access experience. A similar experience is also provided with HID Seos, HID Prox and MiFARE DESFire EV1 technologies on dual interface C2300 cards. Contactless technology allows users to simply tap their cards to open a door, authenticate with Windows, VPNs, and cloud apps, or encrypt and sign data.

About HID Crescendo Authenticators and HID WorkforceID Digital Credential Manager

The HID Crescendo family includes smart cards and Universal Serial Bus (USB) keys that can be used on their own or managed by HID’s WorkforceID Digital Credential Manager service. The service supports a wide range of authenticators with the simplicity of centrally managed credentials and digital certificates. It combines a consistent access and authentication experience for users with a simplified administrator experience for deploying public key-based two-factor authentication.


Crescendo C2300 smart cards with HID iCLASS identification technology are available now. Click here for more information.

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