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HID Global Acquires Codebench to Provide Complete Access Control Solutions for HSPD-12/FIPS-201 Compliance



HID Global Acquires Codebench to Provide Complete Access Control Solutions for
HSPD-12/FIPS-201 Compliance

Codebench Brings Integration Capabilities With Physical Access Control Systems
(PACS), And Will Help HID Global Push Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Strong
Authentication Past the Desktop to the Door

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HID Global®, a worldwide
leader in secure identity solutions, today announced it has acquired
Codebench™, a leader in physical security identity management particularly for
the government sector. The acquisition brings together two award-winning,
highly complementary offerings in validation software and solutions for
government credentials, and will enable HID Global to offer complete,
field-tested solutions that speed and simplify deployment for its federal
agency and contractor customers. Additionally, the acquisition positions HID
Global to serve emerging government and commercial markets with significant
growth potential.

"This acquisition further strengthens the Genuine HID® value proposition while
expanding our award-winning solutions for creating, using and managing
identity," said HID Global president and CEO Denis Hébert. "The Codebench
acquisition brings key integration capabilities while reinforcing and
enhancing our mutual relationships with customers and OEM
partners. Additionally, this acquisition positions us for a number of new
market opportunities, including extending federal identity technology into the
commercial sector, and moving our PKI strong authentication offering beyond
the desktop to the door."

The Codebench offering joins HID Global's federal identity portfolio and will
enable the company to give customers everything they need to upgrade their
physical access control system (PACS) in accordance with Federal Information
Processing Standard Publication 201 (FIPS-201) guidelines for personal
identity verification (PIV). Codebench's integration capability is a
particularly important element for delivering end-to-end, field-tested
solutions. The addition of Codebench's portfolio will also enhance HID
Global's capability to offer Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC)
solutions as well as more complete PACS integration capabilities, and to
extend these capabilities into HID Global's identity assurance Card Management
System (CMS) appliance. 

The acquisition will also enable HID Global to serve the emerging market for
commercial identity verification (CIV) using the same technologies as PIV for
broader applications in healthcare, local and state government, first
responder groups, and a broad range of other organizations. Additionally, the
acquisition positions HID Global at the forefront of industry efforts to move
strong authentication beyond logical access control at the desktop, where HID
Global already has a leading offering, to include similar capabilities for
physical access control at the door. 

"We are very pleased to join the HID Global organization," said Codebench CEO
Geri Castaldo. "Our two companies' combined offering is unparalleled in its
breadth and comprehensiveness for federal and government users as well as
commercial applications that require the highest levels of security. The
combination of our portfolios plus HID Global's scale and channel strength
also positions us for new market opportunities that neither company could have
pursued individually in the near term."

Codebench remains located in Coconut Creek, Florida, and the company's
products, executives and staff become part of HID Global's Identity Access
Management (IAM) business.    

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About HID Global

HID Global is the trusted source for innovative products, services, solutions,
and know-how related to the creation, use, and management of secure identities
for millions of customers around the world. The company's served markets
include physical and logical access control, including strong authentication
and credential management; card printing and personalization; visitor
management systems; highly secure government and citizen ID; and
identification RFID technologies used in animal ID and industry and logistics
applications. Primary brands are ActivIdentity®, EasyLobby®, FARGO® and HID®.
Headquartered in Irvine, California, HID Global has over 2,000 employees
worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100
countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information,
visit www.hidglobal.com.

The HID Global logo is available at:
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=12675

About Codebench
Codebench is a software development firm focused exclusively on physical
security applications. A leading developer of software integration solutions,
Codebench's PIVCheck software suite was twice named Best Integrated System for
HSPD-12/FIPS 201 Compliance by Government Security News. A certified Women's
Business Enterprise located in Coconut Creek, Fla., Codebench serves the
Fortune 500, academic and government markets. For more information,
visit www.pivcheck.com or call (561) 883-3218.

® HID, the HID logo, iCLASS, Seos, iCLASS SE are trademarks or registered
trademarks of HID Global in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other
trademarks, service marks, and product or service names are trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Media Contact:
         Jeremy Hyatt
         Director, Global Public Relations
         949-732-2177
         jhyatt@hidglobal.com

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