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HID Global
HID Global
Industry Security
Founded 1991
Headquarters Austin, Texas
Key people
Stefan Widing
President and CEO
Anthony Ball
(President, Identity and Access Management)
Michele DeWitt
(Senior VP, Human Resources)
Laura Crumley
(Senior VP and CFO)
Rodney Glass
(Senior VP, Global Quality and Operations)
Products Photo ID badges
Contactless/contact smart cards
Card printers
RFID tags
Embedded products
Revenue Increase US$6.1 Billion 2011[1]
Increase US$1.0 Billion 2011[1]
Increase US$3.32 Billion 2011[1]
Number of employees
>2,100 Q4 2011
Website http://www.hidglobal.com

HID Global is an American manufacturer of secure identity solutions. The company is a subsidiary of Assa Abloy, a Swedish global leader in door opening solutions.[2]


Originally formed to develop radio frequency identification technologies, HID Global was formed in 1991 as Hughes Identification Devices, a subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft Company with offices in California and Scotland. The original 125-kilohertz proximity technology had been pioneered by Destron IDI, Boulder, Colorado and used in many applications including Animal Identification, Tyre tracking and in motor vehicle and aircraft industries to track parts, and the company's founders thought there would be markets interested in using this technology for other purposes.[3]

In 1994 the office in Scotland was closed and the European business passed to a UK based independent distributor, ID Plus Ltd who were later acquired by HID Corporation Ltd in August 1999.

In October 1995, Hughes management, with help from Citibank Venture Capital, combined its military communications and display products groups with its AML Wireless Systems organization and Hughes Identification Devices (HID) to form Palomar Technologies Corporation.[4] It was at that point that the decision was made to focus efforts on RFID for physical access control, and five years later, the company was acquired by the world's largest lock-maker, Swedish conglomerate ASSA ABLOY AB.[3]

Hughes Identification Devices, Division of Hughes Aircraft

Hughes Identification, which began as a division of Hughes Electronics Corp., made the cards and card readers many businesses and government agencies use to limit access to their offices. Its clients included Motorola, International Business Machines Corp. and numerous colleges. As part of Palomar Technologies, Hughes Identification enjoyed swift growth as the private sector became increasingly concerned about security. It was acquired by ASSA ABLOY in January 2001 for about $250 million in cash, adding the Irvine company's electronic systems to its more old-fashioned product line.


ASSA ABLOY is the largest global supplier of intelligent locks and security solutions. Its products account for more than one in ten of all lock and security installations worldwide. Since its formation in 1994, ASSA ABLOY has grown from a regional company into an international group with around 43,000 employees, sales of about SEK 47 billion and own operations in over 70 countries.[5]

ASSA ABLOY is represented on both mature and emerging markets worldwide, with leading positions in much of Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. ASSA ABLOY is divided into three regional and two global divisions. The regional divisions, Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific, manufacture and sell mechanical and electromechanical locks, digital door locks, cylinders and security doors adapted to the local market's standards and security requirements. The global divisions, Global Technologies and Entrance Systems, manufacture and sell electronic access control, identification products and entrance automation on the global market.[6]


The company sells physical access control products, logical access control solutions, and secure issuance solutions that comprise cards, readers, smart card readers (OMNIKEY), networked access solutions, card printer/encoders (FARGO) and software. Its other business segment includes virtualization technology, cashless payment, government ID, RFID for industry and logistics and Animal ID solutions and professional services.[7]

HID manufactures and licenses several types of technologies, from Wiegand products to 13.56 MHz iCLASS,[8][9]MIFARE, and DESFire, as well as the 125 kHz Indala and Prox cards. Migration readers from various 125 kHz Prox technologies to 13.56 MHz iCLASS were introduced in 2007.[10]

Notable Customers

  • HID Global supplies its readers and credentials for access control to Banco do Nordeste of Brasil,[11] Employers Mutual Casualty Company[12]
  • HID Global provides network access control to the China Pacific Insurance Co.[13] and Jinwan District People's Procuratorate[14] located in Sihucheng District, Zhuhai city.
  • HID Global supplied card customization products and services to Amway India[15] and Action Ambulance Service.


HID Global serves a variety of partner such as OEMs, system integrators, application developers and channel partners in domestic and international markets.[7] Some OEM partners include Siemens, Honeywell, Lenel (UTC Fire & Security), and Tyco. The company also partners with computer manufacturers to create new products. HID worked with Dell to develop HID on the Desktop, a three-component PC logon solution that won the 2009 Smart Card Alliance Award for Outstanding Technology.[16][17] HID later partnered with Panasonic to integrate an HID Global RFID module into Panasonic's Personal Identification Mini Dock to support reading biometric passports.[18]

HID Global also worked with Inside Secure (formally known as Inside Contactless) and US Bank to supply HID iCLASS contactless smart card technology in the US Bank PayID card program that was the 2010 Paybefore Award Winner for Best Innovative Program.[19] The PayID card program uses an all-purpose card to provide contactless physical access to U.S. Bank facilities, along with contactless payment and traditional magnetic stripe cards for purchases made by U.S. Bank employees.[20]


The company is based in Austin, Texas[21] with other production facilities in Asia and Europe. Some of these facilities are located in Hong Kong, China and Galway, Ireland. It also has research and development centers in Cardiff, UK, Denver, Colorado as well as Fremont and Mountain View in Northern California. The company also has a design facility in Chennai, India.[22]


End-users of HID products primarily include government, financial, corporate, education and healthcare markets.


Year History
1991 Formed as Hughes Identification Devices, a subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft
1995 Became a subsidiary of Palomar Technological Companies, changed name to HID Corporation
1996 Acquired Sensor Engineering, adding Wiegand products
2000 Acquired by ASSA ABLOY AB
2001 HID acquired Motorola's Indala[23] RFID access control business
2003 Acquired the card and reader business of Dorado Products, Inc.
2006 Acquired Fargo Electronics, adding card issuance technology
2006 Merged with ASSA ABLOY sister company Indala
2006 Formed HID Global
2007 Acquired Integrated Engineering, adding flexible MIFARE-based reader technology
2008 Merger of HID Global and ASSA ABLOY Identification Technologies Group
2010 Acquired ActivIdentity for $162 M USD- is active in intelligent identity
2011 Acquired LaserCard for $80 M USD- a provider of secure ID products.
2012 Acquired EasyLobby for secure visitor management software and products.
2012 Acquired Codebench for FIPS 201 integration with physical access control systems
2014 Acquired Lumidigm for biometric authentication solutions
2014 Acquired IdenTrust, a provider of digital identities
2015 Acquired IAI, a provider of personalization solutions for identity documents[24]
2015 Acquired Quantum Secure, a provider of identity management software[25]
2016 Acquired DemoTeller, a provider of instant issuance solutions for the financial market[26]


  1. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2011". Assa Abloy. 
  2. ^ http://www.assaabloy.com
  3. ^ a b "The Evolution of HID" http://www.globalsmart.com/The_evolution_of_HID
  4. ^ http://www.esterline.com/Overview/PalomarHistory/tabid/1544/Default.aspx.
  5. ^ http://www.assaabloy.com/en/com/About-ASSA-ABLOY/ASSA-ABLOY-in-brief/
  6. ^ http://www.assaabloy.com/en/com/About-ASSA-ABLOY/Timeline/.
  7. ^ a b Security Stock Watch http://www.securitystockwatch.com/Interviews/in_Boardroom_HID1.html
  8. ^ Plötz, Henryk (29 December 2010). "Analyzing a modern cryptographic RFID system - HID iClass demystified" (PDF). Berlin: Chaos Communication Congress. Retrieved 2011. 
  9. ^ Meriac, Milosch (29 December 2010). "Heart of Darkness - exploring the uncharted backwaters of HID iCLASS security" (PDF). Berlin: Chaos Communication Congress. p. 5. Retrieved 2011. 
  10. ^ http://www.smartcardalliance.org/articles/2007/07/11/hid-multiclasstmcontactless-smart-card-and-proximity-readers-now-support-indala-proximity-and-awid-formats
  11. ^ http://eon.businesswire.com/news/eon/20110427005606/en/iclass/hid-global/banco-do-nordestem
  12. ^ http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/Employers-Mutual-Casualty-bw-2876939033.html?x=0
  13. ^ China Pacific Insurance
  14. ^ http://www.asmag.com/showpost/10436.aspx
  15. ^ Amway
  16. ^ http://www.sdmmag.com/articles/hid-teams-with-dell-to-create-new-position-mobile-workforce-solution?WT.rss_f=SDM+Newswire&WT.rss_a=HID+teams+with+Dell+to+create+new+position%2C+mobile+workforce+solution&WT.rss_ev=a
  17. ^ Dell partnership: http://www.smartcardalliance.org/pages/activities-osca-awards-2009
  18. ^ http://www.sourcesecurity.com/news/articles/co-823-ga-co-1277-ga.5639.html
  19. ^ http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews/articleid/3809982
  20. ^ http://www.gsnmagazine.com/node/20049?c=access_control_identification
  21. ^ http://www.hidglobal.com/about-hid
  22. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/HID-Global-opens-design-facility-in-Chennai/articleshow/47736723.cms
  23. ^ http://www.securitysales.com/Channel/Access-Control/Articles/2001/11/HID-Acquires-Motorolas-Indala-RFID-Access-Control-Business.aspx
  24. ^ "HID Global Announces Acquisition of IAI to Add to Identity Security Solutions Portfolio". Security Sales & Integration. SSI Staff. 
  25. ^ "HID acquires Quantum Secure". Security Systems News. Martha Entwistle. 
  26. ^ "HID Global buys DemoTeller". Security Systems News. SSN Staff. 

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