HID Ships VertX CS–Managed Access Control for Central Stations

HID Ships VertX CS–Managed Access Control for Central Stations

VertX CS Delivers Fully-Functional Managed Access Control with Central Station Automation Software from Bold Technologies, DICE Corporation and GE MAS

IRVINE, Calif., March 30, 2005–HID, the premier manufacturer of contactless access control cards and readers for the security industry, today announced the company has begun shipping VertX™ CS. This new family of access controllers is specifically designed for direct connection to central station operating software by security dealers enabling them to offer incremental monitoring and management services to their customers.

This new access control service offering via central station software creates an expanded market opportunity for security dealers because they can now supplement alarm and intrusion system services by adding managed access control. When used with central station automation software from HID partners Bold Technologies, DICE Corporation and GE MAS, VertX CS provides fully-featured access control monitoring, reporting, and management that combines physical access control with alarm systems that can also be managed and monitored remotely.

“VertX CS creates a completely new class of access control solutions for security dealers that are optimized around the way security dealers do business today,” said Mark Scaparro, executive vice president of sales for HID. “Additionally, a security dealer can now offer their customers physical access control services alongside the monitoring of intrusion and detection services they already provide, all working on the same platform and operator console that the central station uses now. We see this as a strategic business opportunity for security dealers, because it is estimated that approximately 85 percent of alarm monitoring customers do not currently utilize the benefits of physical access control.

Previously, security dealers had two basic options when adding physical access control capabilities to an existing alarm system. One option is to link access control readers through alarm panel connectors resulting in an access control system with limited functionality. A second option is to install an access control system separate from the alarm system without the benefit of connection to central station operating software which does not follow the security dealer model for their customers. Now, these previously disparate systems can become seamlessly integrated into one directly connected to the central station through Bold, DICE, and GE MAS automation software that fully supports the security dealer’s model of managed services.

VertX CS provides a seamless operation because central station operators can now leverage the same monitoring system and screens for access control that they currently utilize for intrusion alarms. In addition, it takes full advantage of back office tools for access control management, service reporting, and billing history to offer a single point of monitoring and management for these additional services. HID’s VertX CS solves the installation and monitoring dilemma with its plug-and-play compatibility to the same central station automation software systems security dealers and their monitoring companies already use. An essential part of making this work was partnering with leading central station automation providers, Bold, DICE, and GE MAS, to make VertX CS access panels operate as a fully-functional access controllers that are managed and monitored by their central station automation systems.

VertX CS utilizes industry-standard connections, and comes complete with on-board installation tools. It installs similarly to an alarm system, is as easy to configure as an intrusion system, and is compatible with industry-standard access control readers.

VertX CS is available immediately through HID’s partners Bold Technologies and DICE Corporation. It will also be available through ADI in the near future.

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 iCLASS® 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 http://www.hidcorp.com.