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September 30, 2009

ActivIdentity unveils new device administration capabilities for credential management system

Enables organisations to streamline the management of smart cards, USB tokens and associated certificates

By CBR Staff Writer

ActivIdentity, has unveiled several enhancements to its credential management system, ActivID Card Management System. The system now supports public key cryptography standards (PKCS) #11-compliant middleware and also features automatic certificate renewal and smart card update capabilities.

According to the company these new enhancements enable organisations to further streamline the management of smart cards, USB tokens and associated certificates, resulting in reduced costs of deployment and increased end user productivity.

In conjunction with ActivClient security software and PKCS #11-compliant middleware, ActivID Card Management System issues and manages smart cards and smart USB tokens that are being used for a variety of desktop, network security, and productivity applications.

The company said that the ActivID Card Management System is currently being deployed by security-minded, large-scale organisations such as Nissan and Repsol and has also been used for the issuance and management of Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards in the US Federal government.

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The new enhancements include: improved device administration through automatic certificate renewal and automatic smart card updates, support of third-party PKCS #11 middleware, support for PIV-Interoperability for non-federal organisations, and updated environmental support.

Grant Evans, chairman and chief executive officer at ActivIdentity, said: “The enhancements to our ActivID Card Management System bolster ActivIdentity’s leadership position in the corporate identity and credential management space. At the same time, these advancements represent the first step in the evolution of our product to address the needs of credential issuance and life cycle management in other key market segments such as payments, transportation and mobile technologies.

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