SCM Microsystems, LEGIC Identsystems To Create USB Tokens For Converged Physical, Logical Access

SCM Microsystems Inc., a provider of solutions for secure access, secure identity and secure exchange, and LEGIC Identsystems, a manufacturer of contactless smart card technology for personal identification, announced recently that they have formed a strategic partnership to create new products that support integrated physical and logical access.

SCM’s expertise in USB tokens, smart card readers and other authentication hardware, combined with LEGIC’s 13.56 MHz contactless technologies, will be combined to create strong, reliable and convenient convergence solutions for the business and consumer markets.

Dr. Otto Eggimann, vice president of sales and business development for LEGIC, said the partnership will further strengthen the development of converged physical and logical access solutions for both information technology and personal identification applications.

 “Our card-in-card technology allows the integration of LEGIC functions on existing data storage mediums such as smart cards or USB tokens,” he said. “This opens completely new markets and enables new products combining contact and contactless applications. SCM Microsystems is a leader in smart card reader technology and the emerging convergence space, and is an important partner for us as we further develop this business line.”

“We are pleased to be partnering with LEGIC, which is a recognized world leader in contactless technologies for the smart card industry. We look forward to benefitting from the synergies arising from the cooperation, and to being able to introduce our @MAXX product family into the ‘World of LEGIC’,” said Dr. Manfred Müller, executive vice president of strategic sales and business development for SCM Microsystems.

Currently the two companies are working to integrate SCM’s @MAXX family of USB tokens with LEGIC’s contactless personal identification technology to create a virtual transponder that allows secure and convenient authentication of individuals as they enter buildings or log on to computer networks.

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