Infotech Lead America: HID Global has acquired Codebench, a provider of physical security identity management particularly for the government sector.
The acquisition will enable HID Global to offer complete, field-tested solutions that speed and simplify deployment for its federal agency and contractor customers.
Additionally, the acquisition positions HID Global to serve emerging government and commercial markets with significant growth potential.
HID Global president and CEO Denis Hébert said: “The Codebench acquisition brings key integration capabilities while reinforcing and enhancing our mutual relationships with customers and OEM partners. Additionally, this acquisition positions us for a number of new market opportunities, including extending federal identity technology into the commercial sector, and moving our PKI strong authentication offering beyond the desktop to the door.”
The Codebench offering joins HID Global’s federal identity portfolio and will enable the company to give customers everything they need to upgrade their physical access control system (PACS) in accordance with Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 201 (FIPS-201) guidelines for personal identity verification (PIV).
The addition of Codebench’s portfolio will also enhance HID Global’s capability to offer Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) solutions as well as more complete PACS integration capabilities, and to extend these capabilities into HID Global’s identity assurance Card Management System (CMS) appliance.
The acquisition will also enable HID Global to serve the emerging market for commercial identity verification (CIV) using the same technologies as PIV for broader applications in healthcare, local and state government, first responder groups, and a broad range of other organizations.
“The combination of our portfolios plus HID Global’s scale and channel strength also positions us for new market opportunities that neither company could have pursued individually in the near term,” said Codebench CEO Geri Castaldo.