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HID Global Releases Mobile Solution for Client Authentication


HID Global, a provider of identity solutions, is launching Crescendo Mobile smart card to bring convenience to high security for accessing computer, network, or cloud applications. The new HID mobile smart card utilizes digital certificates on users’ mobile devices for client authentication.

The HID Crescendo Mobile solution provides organizations seeking to eliminate passwords with a solution that combines the high security of physical authenticators with the usability of a mobile solution.

Crescendo Mobile works similarly to, and is compatible with, highly secure Crescendo smart cards; however, rather than inserting a separate device into a contact smart card reader, it connects to a desktop computer via an NFC (near-field communication) reader or Bluetooth.  

The Crescendo Mobile app can be downloaded onto Android or iOS devices and the IT team can distribute secure cryptographic credentials to users without the need or expense of shipping smart cards or smart card readers.

Day-to-day usage scenarios for HID Crescendo Mobile include:

  • Allowing a user to log on and unlock a Windows workstation to access cloud applications, VPNs, desktop applications and Microsoft Active Directory.
  • Importantly, when the user walks away, Crescendo Mobile App automatically locks the workstation down.
  • End users can use their phone to carry the keys and digital certificates needed to digitally sign email, Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat documents.
  • Ensure sensitive data confidentiality by requiring the phone to access encrypted email messages or files using Windows EFS file encryption.

The Crescendo Mobile app is available for Android 7 or later in Google Play and for iOS 11 or later in iTunes App Store.

Crescendo Mobile is part of HID’s authentication solution that includes ActivID Credential Management System, providing full lifecycle management of both the authenticators and the credentials protected by the authenticator.

For more information about this release, visit www.hidglobal.com.


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