INSIDE Contactless and HID Global Expand Strategic Partnership

INSIDE Contactless and HID Global Expand Strategic Partnership

Extension of agreement enables HID Global to offer iCLASS Virtual Credentials

Aix en Provence, France, November 8th 2007–INSIDE Contactless, a world leader of advanced, open standard contactless chip technologies, today announced an extension of its strategic partnership agreement with HID Global, the trusted leader in providing solutions for the delivery of secure identity, to enable the use of iCLASS® technology in the new area of virtual credentials. Customers who use HID iCLASS cards with INSIDE’s core technology can also benefit from the full security features of iCLASS virtual credentials, securely delivered via HID Global’s idBank™ system, on non-traditional devices, such as Privaris’ plusID™ family of biometric tokens. The new partnership agreement expands the cooperation between the two companies.

INSIDE has been HID’s exclusive supplier of chips for iCLASS credentials since the establishment of their partnership in 2001, positioning INSIDE as the number one global provider of 13.56 MHz contactless chips for physical access control. INSIDE’s contactless chip technology has become the industry’s leading contactless solution for applications in access control, because of performance and flexibility for applications that require optimized data security and fast throughput.

“HID iCLASS Virtual Credentials are anticipated to provide increased flexibility and choice of form-factor for contactless access control end-users,” said Didier Serra, General Manager Americas of INSIDE Contactless. “We’re pleased to expand our strategic relationship with HID, and believe that this new agreement helps INSIDE secure a more prominent position in the physical access control space by powering HID’s iCLASS Virtual Credentials.”

“The extension of our agreement with INSIDE enables HID to offer iCLASS credentials for use in new devices beyond traditional contactless cards,” said Mark Scaparro, vice president, HID Global. “We believe this will be a significant benefit for HID’s customers as they look for new and novel devices for use in physical and logical access applications that are compatible with the full range of iCLASS products.”

About HID Global

HID Global is the trusted leader in providing solutions for the delivery of secure identity, serving customers worldwide with proximity and contactless smart card technologies; IP-based networked access solutions; secure and custom card solutions; photo ID and ID card application control software; high definition printer/encoders and secure card issuance solutions. Headquartered in Irvine, California, HID Global operates international offices that support more than 100 countries and is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, please visit

About INSIDE Contactless

As the only fabless semiconductor company focused exclusively upon contactless chip platforms, INSIDE Contactless is a market leader in Near Field Communication (NFC), contactless payments, and access control. Innovation in contactless technology has led to more than 55 patents granted to INSIDE, including several essential NFC technology patents. INSIDE is the #1 market share provider of contactless bank card applications in the world, with more than 30 million MicroPass intelligent payment platforms delivered from launch in 2005 through 2007. These MicroPass platforms power cards from more than 20 leading bank card issuers. More than 25 key partners around the world, including major card manufacturers and handset providers, have successfully delivered contactless products such as payment & access cards, point of sale terminals, NFC enabled mobile handsets, and other products which are ‘powered by INSIDE’. INSIDE Contactless is headquartered in Aix-en-Provence, France, with offices in Shanghai, Singapore, Poland, San Francisco, and Boston. For more information, please visit

® HID and iCLASS are registered trademarks of HID Global Corporation. idBank is a trademark of HID Global Corporation. Privaris ® is a registered trademark of Privaris, Inc. in the United States. plusID™ is a trademark of Privaris, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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