HID teams with Hirsch Speidel to test proximity watch market.

Dec '99 Access Control & Identity Management

HID Corporation recently announced a joint development project with Hirsch Speidel at the 1999 American Society for Industrial Security conference. The partnership, brokered by the Swiss venture firm MAFSA, combines the resources of the world leader in radio-frequency identification (RFID) access control technology and the world’s foremost manufacturer of watchbands and bracelets. HID will display and demonstrate prototype ProxWatch and ProxBand products at its booth.

“The ProxWatch project exemplifies our strategy to embed HID’s patented RFID technology in an increasingly diverse set of applications,” said Don Nelson, President of HID Corporation. “We take the responsibility of technology leadership very seriously and have invested significant resources in the ongoing research and development of proximity-enhanced products. If this project proves attractive to customers, our involvement will provide end-users the functional benefits of proximity packaged in a broad range of elegantly styled personal accessory items.”

Using the embedded proximity (eProx), the ProxWatch and ProxBand products will provide an additional level of convenience and will operate the same as proximity-based card access systems. To gain access to a secure door or gate, users will simply bring their watch or bracelet within the specified distance from the reader. The ProxWatch and ProxBand products will be individually programmed like proximity cards and will be compatible with existing card access systems. Future integration of smart technology is also planned, and will offer users easy access to an additional range of features.

For details contact Bobbie Ferraro, Marketing Manager, HID on tel (091) 949 598 1675, fax (091) 949 598 1690 or e-mail: bferraro@prox.com

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