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Stefan Widing to lead HID Global

Widing replaces Denis Hebert who left in May
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06/12/2015

STOCKHOLM—Stefan Widing will take over as head of HID Global and EVP of ASSA ABLOY, parent company of HID, on Aug. 1.

Hebert departs HID

Sodergren named interim CEO
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05/23/2015

AUSTIN, Texas—Denis Hebert has resigned his position as president and CEO of HID Global. Ulf Södergren, CTO of parent company ASSA ABLOY, has been appointed as interim CEO for HID, Ann Holmberg, ASSA ABLOY manager of corporate communications told Security Systems News.

HID acquires Quantum Secure

Kessler: Acquisition is 'last step' to fill out identity portfolio
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04/06/2015

AUSTIN, Texas—Secure identity provider HID Global has acquired Quantum Secure, a provider of identity management software. Denis Hebert, HID Global CEO, told Security Systems News that the deal brings an important new capability to HID.

HID reportedly paid $60m for Lumidigm

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Updated 2/13/14

Identity solution provider HID this week made its second purchase in a month, buying fingerprint biometric provider Lumidigm.
In January,  HID announced that it had purchased IdenTrust, a provider of digital identities.

The Albuquerque Journal is reporting that HID paid more than $60 million for the biometric company. Through a spokesperson HID said that because this is a "private transaction" the company would not comment on the purchase price.

I was not able to speak to Jeff Kessler at Imperial Capital about the deal. (Imperial advised Lumidigm,) but I did get a look at a research brief Kessler published on Feb. 12, where he said this deal "continues to put distance between Assa Abloy’s HID Division and the competition in the way of interoperable, identity solutions for government and enterprise users."

Here's more from Kessler's brief:

In our opinion, Assa Abloy has made a concerted effort to become the undisputed leader in higher technology access control and identification solutions for not just enterprises and institutions, but for Government as well—the latter is an area in which it did not have a lot of traction until 2011. However, a series of acquisitions have turned the company into the leader in this segment from a revenue perspective. This is unlike Safran (which purchased L-1 in 2010), which is primarily involved in registration and border identification. The challenge remains for Assa Abloy and HID to integrate these acquired technologies and companies carefully, to let some of the more creative sectors provide both competitive advantage to Assa Abloy, yet still remain the leading providers of software and identity solutions to other companies in the industry as well.

Founded in 2001 and based in Albuquerque, N.M., Lumidigm has 33 employees. Its 2014 sales are expected to be $25 million, and the deal is expected to be accretive to earnings per share, according to HID parent company ASSA ABLOY.

Common problems with fingerprint biometrics include that fact that the technology will not work in harsh environments or when peoples’ fingers are dirty. In addition, some peoples’ fingerprints are simply not detectable. Lumidigm’s technology overcomes these problems, HID said, with its patented “multispectral imaging technology [that] uses multiple light spectrums and advanced polarization techniques to extract unique fingerprint characteristics from both the surface and subsurface of the skin.” The technology is also highly effective in detecting “imposter or ‘spoof’ fingerprints,” according to HID.  

Lumidigm’s products are used in verticals such as banking, healthcare, entertainment, and government services. HID is also interested in Lumidigm’s “premier global customer base,” HID CEO Denis Hebert said in a prepared statement.  

The opportunity for HID, according to a statement from Bob Harbour, executive chairman of Lumidigm is: “to apply multispectral imaging capabilities to credential acquisition and authentication, gesture recognition, and other image-based process control systems, making multi-factor authentication on a single, integrated device a reality.”

HID acquires IdenTrust

Identity solution provider also launches channel program and goes to Texas
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01/22/2014

AUSTIN, Texas—From its newly christened headquarters here, identity solution provider HID Global today announced it has acquired IdenTrust, a provider of digital identities.

HID opens new world headquarters

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01/20/2014

AUSTIN, Texas—The new HID Global World Headquarters and North American Operations Center is now open in Austin, Texas, the company announced Jan. 13.

HID’s Hébert evaluates ‘move to mobile’

Annual HID Global Strategy Briefing at ISC West focuses on potential and pitfalls of mobile access
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04/15/2013

LAS VEGAS—A talkative crowd had gathered and a long line formed outside of a Venetian ballroom well before the doors opened for Denis Hébert’s annual HID Global Strategy Briefing and luncheon on April 11.

HID Global acquires Codebench

Software company bring expertise, integration with 28 PACS
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01/08/2013

IRVINE, Calif.—In a deal that brings new capabilities for its government customers and promise for increasing its commercial business, HID Global announced Jan. 8 that it has acquired Codebench, a physical security identity management company.

HID Global to build new operations center

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10/19/2012

AUSTIN, Texas—HID Global, a leader in identity solutions, announced Oct. 17 its plans to build a new center of operations here.

HID acquires software provider

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01/04/2012

IRVINE, Calif.—Seeking to take advantage of a market that HID Global executives say is “grossly under-penetrated,” HID has acquired EasyLobby, a provider of visitor management software and visitor badge printing solutions.

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