HID Global Returns to Compete in 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program

HID Location Services for Workplace Safety, along with HID® ELEMENT, and HID® Crescendo® with WorkforceID Digital Credential Manager to compete in 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards
HID Location Services for Workplace Safety, along with HID® ELEMENT, and HID® Crescendo® with WorkforceID Digital Credential Manager to compete in Sixth Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.

HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions recognized with Double ‘ASTORS’ Wins in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is pleased to announce HID® ELEMENT, HID® Crescendo® with WorkforceID Digital Credential Manager, and HID Location Services for Workplace Safety have each been nominated to compete in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.

HID® Crescendo® with WorkforceID Digital Credential Manager

HID Global’s Crescendo® is a family of credit card-sized smart cards designed to provide versatile and secure IT and physical access control.

Crescendo leverages a state-of the-art smart card platform technology to deliver a standards-based solution for strong authentication and data protection.

Crescendo smart cards eliminate the need to carry multiple credentials or remember multiple passwords or PINs by providing a single card that acts as a container for multiple identifiers and authentication mechanisms associated to a single user.

(See how the HID Crescendo family of FIDO-enabled smart cards streamline access for all IT and physical workspaces in a single credential without passwords. Courtesy of HID Global and YouTube.)

HID® Crescendo® authenticators provide organizations with high assurance digital credentials by leveraging certified cryptography in accordance with NIST high authenticator assurance level SP800-63 IAL2 / IAL3.

HID Crescendo is a managed credential that comes in various form factors and supports diverse authentication methods and security standards to enable secure access to VPN, cloud and desktop applications, shared workstations as well as physical access, digital signature and email encryption.

HID® Crescendo®
HID® Crescendo®

HID’s WorkforceID Digital Credential Manager helps streamline physical identity and access management by centrally managing many credentials and certificates, including HID Crescendo credentials.

The HID WorkforceID Digital Credential Manager provides a suite of services that manage the lifecycle of digital identity and high assurance credentials.

These services make it easy to create, manage and use trusted identity credentials through a cloud-based delivery model that manages the complexities of the public key infrastructure (PKI) and enables organizations to instantly provide trusted 2-factor certificate authentication for their users.

(See this short video tutorial intended to walk new users through the process of self-issuing their first credential using HID’s WorkforceID Digital Credential Manager. Courtesy of HID Global and YouTube.)

WorkforceID Digital Credential Manager supports more use cases than any other solution in the identity and access management market by utilizing a converged badge that can securely access the organization’s facilities and IT systems.

HID® ELEMENT Industrial ID and Financial Card Personalization

HID ELEMENT® is HID Global’s new industrial UV Inkjet printer/encoder/laser engraver, and the industry’s first heavy-duty, fully modular and scalable desktop-based card personalization solution that establishes a new category for mid-range and high-volume market segments.

HID ELEMENT’s enhanced card production capabilities, flexible system architecture and cost-effective deployment model were designed to empower organizations to create custom secure ID and financial card production solutions for a variety of use cases and applications.

(Introducing HID® ELEMENT, designed for industrial ID and financial card personalization,  offering high-resolution, precision UV inkjet printing, optional laser engraving and an array of encoding options. Courtesy of HID Global and YouTube.)

HID ELEMENT delivers optimal card personalization and accommodates projects that require high-resolution UV inkjet printing, laser engraving or both.

Designed to serve government and financial institutions, medium-to-large enterprise corporations and service bureaus, its best-in-class features address the demand for greater speed, resolution, higher card output and better cost-per-card economy.

Key features that enable a variety of configuration options include:

HID ELEMENT delivers optimal card personalization and accommodates projects that require high-resolution UV inkjet printing, laser engraving or both.
  • Precision UV-cured, Drop-on-Demand (DOD) inkjet card printing

    • Options span full-color, over-the-edge or monochrome text and graphics printing, with as many as six configurable ink channels.

    • Users have options for custom colors, fluorescing ink, and color tactile effects.

  • Laser engraving for tamper-proof, high durability card personalization

    • Beyond standard data and image engraving capabilities, the laser engraving system can be paired with the UV ink printing system for a laser/color combination that accommodates highly unique card designs.

  • Lenticular personalization

    • Precision lasers create multiple/changeable laser images (MLI/CLI) for strong protection against counterfeiting.

  • Third-party encoding

    • Leverages Smartware® technology for contact and contactless encoding and supports magnetic stripe encoding.

  • Optional modules

    • Up to four additional input/output card hoppers for a total capacity of as many as 1,600 cards per unit and a camera system to ensure accurate placement and registration of data on the card surface.

HID ELEMENT pioneers a new approach for delivering a host of highly configurable and scalable options that address current and evolving customer challenges for superior quality, high-volume secure ID and financial card personalization and issuance.

HID Location Services for Workplace Safety

As employees return to their workplaces, ensuring employee safety is top of mind for organizations, and businesses are required to follow Federal guidelines at each phase.

Following these guidelines is critical to minimize the rise of infectious diseases like COVID-19, and HID Location Services enables a safe and compliant environment for employees to return to work.

Leveraging real-time location services (RTLS) and proximity-based location to monitor physical distancing of employees and automate contact tracing protocols.

(To address the challenges of today’s workplace, it’s imperative to have immediate access to information that optimizes safety, delivers on compliance, and reduces facility costs while creating a better employee and visitor experience. Courtesy of HID Global and YouTube.)

HID’s Location Services for Workplace Safety provide dynamic workplace safety through automated alerts issued when employees are not following physical-distancing and group-density protocols.

This enables employers the ability to meet safety compliance requirements with detailed, real-time reporting, as well as the ability to rapidly respond using its digital trail to historically trace interactions.

The Internet of Things (IoT) solution accomplishes this by leveraging location data through a cloud architecture.

Additionally, real-time location services technology can help organizations optimize and refine resource allocation by understanding occupancy levels and building usage, boost security through better location awareness, and increase safety with emergency response and crisis management powered by data.

HID Global Returns to Compete in 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program

American Security Today’s ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards program is today in its Sixth Year and continues to recognize the Outstanding Innovations of top firms and agencies in the Homeland Security and Public Safety fields.

The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program highlighting the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition, and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administer, David Pekoske
David Pekoske, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administer

American Security Today is pleased to announce TSA Administrator  David Pekoske, will join the organization as a featured speaker at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon, on November 18, 2021 at ISC East in New York City.

“On the heels of an unprecedented global pandemic, continued unrest in our cities and potentially catastrophic cyberattacks on our nations critical infrastructure, the focus of the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon will be on the latest, state-of-the-art innovations that are driving investments in new public security and safety technologies and systems,” said AST Editorial and Managing Director Tammy Waitt.

“As a recognized expert in crisis management, strategic planning, innovation and aviation, surface transportation and maritime security, David Pekoske’s message highlighting his top priorities and challenges for the TSA based on his years of wide-ranging experience will be critical to our attendees internalizing the critical nature of these escalating challenges, and realizing innovative new approaches to meet them.”

The 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is Proudly Sponsored by AMAROK and SIMS Software, along with Returning Premier Sponsors
ATI SystemsAttivo NetworksAutomatic Systems, and Reed Exhibitions.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at https://americansecuritytoday.com/ast-awards/.

Comprehensive List of Categories Include:

Access Control/ Identification Personal/Protective Equipment Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism
Perimeter Barrier/ Deterrent System Interagency Interdiction Operation Cloud Computing/Storage Solution
Facial/IRIS Recognition Body Worn Video Product Cyber Security
Video Surveillance/VMS Mobile Technology Anti-Malware
Audio Analytics Disaster Preparedness ID Management
Thermal/Infrared Camera Mass Notification System Fire & Safety
Metal/Weapon Detection Rescue Operations Critical Infrastructure
License Plate Recognition Detection Products And Many Others!
COVID Innovations And Many Others!


Don’t see a Direct Hit for your Product, Agency or Organization?

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Local transmission of the disease has occurred across all fifty states in the America.

With the unprecedented occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of the safety and security industries has realized the need to increase innovations to address the daily growing challenges.

As such AST aims to make sure these firms and professionals are reflected in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program, so we’d like to encourage you to submit appropriate categories recommendations and include COVID-19 Frontline Professionals in your Nominations to see that these Professionals, Facilities, and Vendors receive the Recognition they Deserve!

Submit your category recommendation for consideration to Michael Madsen, AST Publisher at: mmadsen@americansecuritytoday.com.

Register for the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Luncheon Today

2019 'ASTORS' Awards Program Banquet Luncheon
2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program Banquet Luncheon

At ISC East 2021 you with the opportunity to interact with a broad array of security industry professionals.

ISC East works closely with other businesses in the security and public safety space to help bring together the Northeast’s largest security trade show each year.

In collaboration with premier sponsor SIA (Security Industry Association) and in partnership with ASIS NYC, ISC East is proud to work with and be supported by various associations, trade publications, charities, and more.

Therefore, the ISC audience of security dealers, installers, integrators, consultants, corporate, government and law enforcement/first responder practitioners will be joined by the ASIS NYC audience of major corporate managerial-through-director-level national and global security executives.

The combination of one-on-one conversations with the industry’s top innovators,  integrators and security executives, special events, high-quality education and training, and strong support from industry associations, will allow attendees to learn and evaluate solutions from leading security exhibitors and brands. 

The 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program surpassed expectations with a record number of nominations received from industry leaders and government agencies, and drew over 200 attendees to the ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Banquet – an exclusive gourmet luncheon and networking opportunity which filled to capacity, before having to turn away late registrants.

Your ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon registration includes complimentary attendee access to ISC East – Thank take advantage of this exclusive luncheon opportunity to take a break from the show – Invite your team, guests, clients and show visitors to a lovely and affordable plated meal event in the heart of New York City, for  a fabulous networking opportunity!

Go to https://americansecuritytoday.com/product/awards-luncheon/ to secure your seat or reserve a table.

***Limited space available so Register Today. There will be no on-site registrations.

Why American Security Today?

The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old school basics to what is Today – a fast changing security landscape.

The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old school basics to what is Today – a fast changing security landscape.

American Security Today is uniquely focused on the broader Homeland Security & Public Safety marketplace with over 75,000 readers at the Federal, State and local levels of government as well as firms allied to government.

American Security Today brings forward a fresh compelling look and read with our customized digital publications that hold readers eyes throughout the story with cutting edge editorial that provides solutions to their challenges.

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AST puts forward the Largest and Most Qualified Circulation in Government with Over 75,000 readers on the Federal, State and Local levels.
AST puts forward the Largest and Most Qualified Circulation in Government with Over 75,000 readers on the Federal, State and Local levels.

The AST Digital Publications is distributed to over 75,000 qualified government and homeland security professionals in federal, state and local levels.


AST Reaches both Private & Public Experts, essential to meeting these new challenges.

Today’s new generation of public safety and security experts need real-time knowledge to deal with domestic and international terrorism, lone wolf attacks, unprecedented urban violence, shifts in society, culture and media bias – making it increasingly difficult for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security Professionals to implement coordinated security measures to ensure national security and improve public safety.

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These experts are from Government at the federal, state and local level as well as from private firms allied to government.

AST provides a full plate of topics in our AST Monthly Magazine Editions, AST Website and AST Daily News Alerts, covering 23 Vital Sectors such as Access Control, Perimeter Protection, Video Surveillance/Analytics, Airport Security, Border Security, CBRNE Detection, Border Security, Ports, Cybersecurity, Networking Security, Encryption, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Campus Security, Security Services, Corporate Facilities, and Emergency Response among others.

AST has Expanded readership into integral Critical Infrastructure audiences such as Protection of Nuclear Facilities, Water Plants & Dams, Bridges & Tunnels, and other potential targets of terrorism.

Other areas of concern include Transportation Hubs, Public Assemblies, Government Facilities, Sporting & Concert Stadiums, our Nation’s Schools & Universities, and Commercial Business Destinations – all enticing targets due to the large number of persons and resources clustered together.

To learn more about the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners solutions, Check Out the New 2020 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS Edition Fully Interactive Magazine – the Best Products of 2020 ‘A Year in Review’.

The Annual CHAMPIONS edition includes a review of the ‘ASTORS’ Award Winning products and programs, highlighting key details on many of the winning firms products and services, includes video interviews and more.

It is your Go-To source throughout the year for ‘The Best of 2020 Products and Services‘ endorsed by American Security Today, and can satisfy your agency’s and organization’s most pressing Homeland Security and Public Safety needs.

From Physical Security (Access Control, Critical Infrastructure, Perimeter Protection and Video Surveillance Cameras and Video Management Systems), to IT Security (Cybersecurity, Encryption, Data Storage, Anti-Malware and Networking Security – Just to name a few), the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS EDITION has what you need to Detect, Delay, Respond to, and Mitigate today’s real-time threats in our constantly evolving security landscape.

It also includes featured guest editorial pieces from some of the security industry’s most respected leaders, and recognized firms in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.

  • For a complete list of 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Award Winners, click here.

For more information on All Things American Security Today, and the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program, please contact Michael Madsen, AST Publisher at mmadsen@americansecuritytoday.com.

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