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HID Global’s Crescendo High-Assurance Cards Add iCLASS Support for a Full Digital & Physical Contactless Experience

HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced that its HID Crescendo® smart card family now supports HID® iCLASS® credential technology. The cards enable users to seamlessly unlock doors, data and their computers via a single high-assurance authenticator that supports an organization’s Zero Trust security strategy.

WHO: HID Global is the leader in seamless, converged physical and cyber workplace access. It has now extended the benefits of its HID Crescendo cards as an all-in-one solution for physical access and strong authentication to the digital workplace, on-site and remote.

WHAT: The Crescendo C2300 smart cards enable organizations to issue a corporate ID badge that functions as a universal credential, supporting FIDO, PKI and OATH, as well as providing options for Seos, Prox, MiFARE and now iCLASS® for physical access. Key elements within HID Global’s Identity and Access Management multi-factor authentication ecosystem for the workforce, Crescendo cards and USB keys can be managed with the HID WorkforceID™ cloud-based platform when printing badges, issuing PKI certificates and enabling Oath-based authentication to IT systems and networks.

WHY: Adding HID iCLASS 32K credential technology to the HID Crescendo C2300 cards extends user options for a full contactless access experience. A similar experience is also provided with HID Seos, HID Prox and MiFARE DESFire EV1 technologies on dual-interface C2300 cards. Contactless technology enables users to simply tap their cards to open a door, authenticate to Windows, VPNs and cloud applications, or encrypt and sign data.

About HID Crescendo Authenticators and the

HID WorkforceID Digital Credential Manager

The HID Crescendo family includes smart cards and universal serial bus (USB) keys that can be used alone or managed by HID’s WorkforceID Digital Credential Manager service. The service supports a wide range of authenticators with the simplicity of centrally managed credentials and digital certificates. It combines a consistent access and authentication experience for users with a simplified administrator experience for deploying public key-based two-factor authentication.


The Crescendo C2300 smart cards with HID iCLASS credential technology are available now. Click here for information.

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About HID Global

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 billions of 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 4,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit

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