HID Global has added two new products to its Seos credentialing portfolio. The first is the Seos 16K, which is being billed as the first card to reach the TÜV Security Assurance Level (SEAL) 5 standard. The second is the Seos Essential Card, which is a single-application credential designed for venues with less rigorous security requirements.
The SEAL-5 standard is the highest level that a product can achieve in independent TÜV Informationstechnik testing, and speaks to the 16K’s exceptional data protection and IT security capabilities. TÜV evaluates a company’s lifecycle management and communication procedures, as well as its change management policies, before awarding the distinction.
The Seos 16K can be used for multiple applications, with the 16K referring to the fact that it can support applications that require 16 KB of memory. The card was built to be the successor to a previous generation of cards, and comes with an updated hardware platform and operating system to deliver better read performance.
The Seos Essential, on the other hand, is a single-use card that gives organizations a simpler (and more affordable) security option for venues that do not need an expensive setup. The card still provides cryptographic security, and is available with a high-frequency contactless microprocessor that enables 125 KHz Prox compatibility.
“Seos technology continues to evolve to meet the needs of sophisticated users while also offering new economical options for basic physical access control,” said HID Global SVP and Physical Access Control Head Harm Radstaak. “We have achieved a major smart card industry certification milestone that gives organizations a credential that has been independently validated by a third party.”
The new products arrive shortly after HID Global announced a major Seos installation at the American School of Guatemala. The company has also placed Seos technology in the newest version of the Nymi Band.