AUSTIN, Texas, September 26, 2017 — HID Global®, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today introduced HID FARGO® Connect™, the industry’s first cloud-based solution that simplifies and streamlines the issuance of ID cards and credentials.
HID FARGO Connect creates a new approach for ID issuance that replaces the old paradigm of standalone printers tied to a dedicated PC workstation. For the first time ever, ID cards can be issued from anywhere and from any device via a web interface in a trusted environment. HID FARGO Connect allows you to remotely monitor and manage your consumables helping you to avoid out of stock issues and better manage your replenishment processes.
“HID FARGO Connect is the biggest innovation that the ID card issuance industry has seen in more than a decade, and with it, HID is changing the way cards and credentials are issued forever,” said Craig Sandness, Vice President and Managing Director of Secure Issuance with HID Global. “HID Global is introducing a game-changing way for people to issue IDs, and we’re turning HID FARGO printers into smart, secure, web-enabled, edge devices for the Internet of Trusted Things.”
With over one million FARGO printers in use around the world today, HID is delivering a whole new experience for people responsible for issuing ID cards to employees, visitors, contractors, students or anyone using cards or mobile IDs for access control, loyalty programs, payments and a broad range of services.
Among the first to use HID FARGO Connect is Kent State University. The process of issuing student IDs to thousands of people during orientation has been simplified and streamlined through its shift to a cloud-based approach with HID FARGO Connect. The student experience has significantly improved, aligning with the university’s students-first priority.
“As one responsible for issuing thousands of IDs at our Kent Campus and at our other sites, I see HID FARGO Connect as providing us a next-generation platform for producing cards for our students that impacts them in only positive ways,” said Michael O’Karma, Office Systems Coordinator for Flashcard Operations, Kent State University. “The advantage to the students is that they do not have to wait in line any longer, and the advantage to us in the administrative office is that we can provide a better service that’s more cost-effective and efficient.”
The new HID FARGO Connect cloud service does the following:
- Simplifies management and delivery of high-volume ID issuance, saving money and time while increasing control and security
- Eliminates the need for computers dedicated for ID issuance at every location
- Eliminates the need for management of software and other IT resources associated with ID issuance
- Gives administrators full visibility and control like they have never previously had
- Complies with and exceeds today’s ever-increasing data security standards – critical for any distributed or remote issuance environment — utilizing state-of-the-art Identrust® digital certificates
- Allows users to securely access networked HID FARGO Card Printers and Encoders
- Integrates with many leading technology providers of both “one card” solutions and physical access control software, including HID’s Quantum Secure SAFE software
HID FARGO Connect is delivered using the industry’s most secure cloud technologies with end-to-end encryption and transport layer security. Users can create new cards, encode data, issue replacements and manage print queues all in one trusted system that meets the most stringent regulatory security and data privacy requirements.
HID FARGO Connect is a platform that will continue to evolve over time to further enhance the capabilities for mobility and securing the Internet of Trusted Things (IoTT).
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HID Global powers the trusted identities of the world’s people, places and things. We make it possible for people to transact safely, work productively and travel freely. Our trusted identity solutions give people convenient access to physical and digital places and connect things that can be identified, verified and tracked digitally. Millions of people around the world use HID products and services to navigate their everyday lives, and over 2 billion things are connected through HID technology. We work with governments, educational institutions, hospitals, financial institutions, industrial businesses and some of the most innovative companies on the planet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 3,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com.
About Kent State
Kent State University is one of 76 public higher-research universities, as categorized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is ranked in the first-tier list of Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report. With eight campuses spanning Northeast Ohio, a College of Podiatric Medicine, a Regional Academic Center, and academic sites in major world capitals such as New York City, Geneva and Florence, Kent State is one of Ohio’s leading public universities and a major educational, economic and cultural resource far beyond the Northeast Ohio region it has served since 1910. The student body comprises more than 39,000 students, including more than 2,000 international students from 104 countries, and the worldwide alumni family exceeds 235,000. The addition of new learning environments from the sciences to the arts and the development of exciting new academic programs such as aerospace engineering, geographic information science and business analytics characterize Kent State’s focus on transformational educational experiences. For more information about Kent State, visit www.kent.edu.
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