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HID Global
Company typePrivate
Founded1991; 33 years ago (1991)
HeadquartersAustin, Texas
Key people
Björn Lidefelt
President and CEO
Ramesh Songukrishnasamy
(Senior VP and CTO)
ProductsPhoto ID badges
Contactless/contact smart cards
Smart card readers
Card printers
RFID tags and fobs
Physical Identity & Access Management (PIAM)
PKI Solutions
FIDO Credentials
Embedded products
RevenueIncrease US$6.1 Billion 2011[1]
Increase US$1.0 Billion 2011[1]
Total equityIncrease US$3.32 Billion 2011[1]
Number of employees
ParentAssa Abloy

HID Global is an American manufacturer of secure identity products. The company is an independent subsidiary of Assa Abloy, a multinational door and access control conglomerate.[2] Björn Lidefelt was appointed CEO on 27 January 2020. He succeeded Stefan Widing, who led HID Global for over four years.


Originally formed to develop radio frequency identification technologies, HID Global was formed in 1991 as Hughes Identification Devices, a subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft Company with offices in California and Scotland. The original 125-kilohertz and 400-kilohertz proximity technology had been pioneered by Destron/IDI (formerly Identification Devices Inc.), in Boulder, Colorado, and used primarily for Animal Identification and Proximity Access Control, and to a lesser degree in Manufacturing Processes, Tyre tracking and a few other Asset Identification applications.[3] Already a supplier to Destron/ID of low-frequency microchips, Hughes Aircraft Company acquired exclusive rights to the Access Control and Industrial markets, leading to the formation of Hughes Identification Devices.

In 1994 the office in Scotland was closed and the European business passed to a UK based independent distributor, ID Plus Ltd who were later acquired by HID Corporation Ltd in August 1999.

In October 1995, Hughes management, with help from Citibank Venture Capital, combined its military communications and display products groups with its AML Wireless Systems organization and Hughes Identification Devices (HID) to form Palomar Technologies Corporation.[4] It was at that point that the decision was made to focus efforts on RFID for physical access control, and five years later, the company was acquired by the world's largest lock-maker, Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy AB.[3]


The company sells physical access control products, logical access control products, and secure issuance products that comprise cards, readers, smart card readers (OMNIKEY), networked access products, card printer/encoders (FARGO) and software. Its other business segments includes virtualization technology, cashless payment, government ID, RFID for industry and logistics and Animal ID solutions[buzzword] and professional services.[5]

HID manufactures and licenses several types of technologies, from Wiegand products to 13.56 MHz iCLASS,[6][7] MIFARE, and DESFire, as well as the 125 kHz Indala and Prox cards. Migration readers from various 125 kHz Prox technologies to 13.56 MHz iCLASS were introduced in 2007.[8]


The company is based in Austin, Texas with other production facilities in Asia and Europe. Some of these facilities are located in Hong Kong, China and Galway, Ireland. It also has research and development centers in Cardiff, United Kingdom, Bangalore, Suresnes, Prague, Kraków and Zabierzów, Poland,[9] Fremont and Mountain View in Northern California. The company also has a design facility in Chennai, India.[10]


HID Global serves a variety of partner such as OEMs, system integrators, application developers and channel partners in domestic and international markets.[5] Some OEM partners include Siemens, Honeywell, Lenel (UTC Fire & Security), and Tyco. The company also partners with computer manufacturers to create new products. HID worked with Dell to develop HID on the Desktop, a three-component PC logon application that won the 2009 Smart Card Alliance Award for Outstanding Technology.[11][12] HID later partnered with Panasonic to integrate an HID Global RFID module into Panasonic's Personal Identification Mini Dock to support reading biometric passports.[13]

HID Global also worked with Inside Secure (formally known as Inside Contactless) and US Bank to supply HID iCLASS contactless smart card technology in the US Bank PayID card program that was the 2010 Paybefore Award Winner for Best Innovative Program.[14] The PayID card program uses an all-purpose card to provide contactless physical access to U.S. Bank facilities, along with contactless payment and traditional magnetic stripe cards for purchases made by U.S. Bank employees.[15]


End-users of HID products primarily include government, financial, corporate, education and healthcare markets.

  • HID Global supplies its readers and credentials for access control to Banco do Nordeste of Brasil,[16] Employers Mutual Casualty Company[17]
  • HID Global provides network access control to the China Pacific Insurance Co.[18] and Jinwan District People's Procuratorate[19] located in Sihucheng District, Zhuhai city.
  • HID Global supplied card customization products and services to Amway India[20] and Action Ambulance Service.
  • The United States Secret Service uses differently-colored HID iClass SEOS proximity cards as identification badges for anyone requiring access to the White House, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, or New Executive Office Building. Differently-colored badges issued to staff, interns, and members of the press indicate the areas to which they are allowed unescorted access within the White House complex. [citation needed]


HID Global's world-class[citation needed] partner community includes Integrators, Distributors, OEMS, Managed Services Providers, Embedded OEMS and Technical Alliance Partners that help organizations identify, purchase and implement the most extensive line of powerful[citation needed] and versatile[citation needed] security products.[citation needed]

  • 1991: Formed as Hughes Identification Devices, a subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft
  • 1995: Became a subsidiary of Palomar Technological Companies, changed name to HID Corporation
  • 1996: Acquired Sensor Engineering, adding Wiegand products
  • 2000: Acquired by Assa Abloy AB[21]
  • 2001: HID acquired Motorola's Indala[22] RFID access control business
  • 2003: Acquired the card and reader business of Dorado Products, Inc.
  • 2006: Acquired Fargo Electronics, adding card issuance technology
  • 2006: Merged with Assa Abloy sister company Indala
  • 2006: Formed HID Global
  • 2007: Acquired Integrated Engineering, adding flexible MIFARE-based reader technology
  • 2008: Merger of HID Global and Assa Abloy Identification Technologies Group[23]
  • 2010: Acquired ActivIdentity for US$162 million - is active in intelligent identity[24]
  • 2011: Acquired LaserCard, a provider of secure ID products, for US$80 million.[25]
  • 2012: Acquired EasyLobby for secure visitor management software and products.
  • 2013: Acquired Codebench for FIPS 201 integration with physical access control systems[26]
  • 2014: Acquired Lumidigm for biometric authentication solutions[buzzword][27]
  • 2014: Acquired IdenTrust, a provider of digital identities[28]
  • 2015: Acquired IAI, a provider of personalization solutions[buzzword] for identity documents[29]
  • 2015: Acquired Quantum Secure, a provider of identity management software[30]
  • 2016: Acquired DemoTeller, a provider of instant issuance solutions[buzzword] for the financial market[31]
  • 2017: Acquired Mercury Security, an OEM supplier of controllers for physical access control[32]
  • 2018: Acquired Crossmatch, a leader in biometric enrollment and identity devices[33]
  • 2019: Acquired PTI Security Systems, the worldwide leader in access control for the self-storage industry
  • 2020: Acquired Access-IS, a technology provider of miniaturized reader devices said to be ideal for mission-critical environments
  • 2022: Acquired Vizinex RFID, a leader in custom and embeddable RFID solutions


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  3. ^ a b Martin, Zack (4 May 2009). "The evolution of HID". SecureIDNews. Avisian Publishing. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Palomar History". Esterline Communication Systems. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  5. ^ a b "In The Boardroom With Mr. Denis Hebert". SecurityStockWatch.com. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
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  7. ^ Meriac, Milosch (29 December 2010). "Heart of Darkness - exploring the uncharted backwaters of HID iCLASS security" (PDF). Berlin: Chaos Communication Congress. p. 5. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  8. ^ "HID multiCLASS Contactless Smart Card and Proximity Readers Now Support Indala Proximity and AWID Formats". Secure Technology Alliance. 11 July 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Careers in Poland".
  10. ^ Hariharan, Sindhu (19 June 2015). "HID Global opens design facility in Chennai". The Times of India.
  11. ^ "HID teams with Dell to create new position, mobile workforce solution". SDMag. 8 June 2009.
  12. ^ Dell partnership: Alliance Activities : OSCA Awards: 2009 smartcardalliance.org Archived 18 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "HID Global provides RFID reader module to DESKO for Mobile Border-Control Identity-Checking System". sourcesecurity.com.
  14. ^ "I Stock Analyst - Magazine 2021".
  15. ^ "HID Global's iCLASS smart card technology enables U.S. Bank's PayID | Government Security News". gsnmagazine.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  16. ^ Banco do Nordeste do Brasil Reinforces the Security of Its Administrative Center with Access-Control Solutions from HID Global eon.businesswire.com April 27, 2011 Archived 13 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Employers Mutual Casualty finance.yahoo.com [dead link]
  18. ^ China Pacific Insurance
  19. ^ "HID Access Control Solution Protects Chinese People's Procuratorate - asmag.com". asmag.com.
  20. ^ Amway
  21. ^ "ASSA ABLOY Acquires HID Corporation". hidglobal.com.
  22. ^ "HID Acquires Motorola's Indala RFID Access Control Business - Article - Security Sales & Integration Magazine". Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  23. ^ "HID and ASSA ABLOY Identification Technologies Merge". hidglobal.com.
  24. ^ "HID Global Announces Agreement to Acquire ActivIdentity". hidglobal.com.
  25. ^ "LaserCard Acquisition to Advance HID Global Solutions for Secure Identity | HID Global". hidglobal.com.
  26. ^ "HID Global Acquires Codebench". hidglobal.com.
  27. ^ "HID Global Acquires Biometric Leader Lumidigm, Enhances Authentication Portfolio | HID Global". hidglobal.com.
  28. ^ "HID Global Acquires IdenTrust to Expand Its Leadership Position in Secure Identity Solutions | HID Global". hidglobal.com.
  29. ^ "HID Global Announces Acquisition of IAI to Add to Identity Security Solutions Portfolio". Security Sales & Integration. SSI Staff. 15 December 2015.
  30. ^ "HID acquires Quantum Secure". Security Systems News. Martha Entwistle.
  31. ^ "HID Global buys DemoTeller". Security Systems News. SSN Staff.
  32. ^ "HID Global to Acquire Mercury Security, Expanding its Leadership in Access Control | HID Global". hidglobal.com.
  33. ^ "HID Global Acquires Crossmatch to Expand in Biometric Identity Management | HID Global". hidglobal.com.