Gitex Global: Digital identities will not reduce use physical options

HID creating options to ensure enhanced security in physical cards

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Somshankar Bandyopadhyay

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Isaac Young, VP & Head of Desktop for Secure Issuance, HID
Isaac Young, VP & Head of Desktop for Secure Issuance, HID

Published: Wed 18 Oct 2023, 5:52 PM

Last updated: Mon 23 Oct 2023, 4:14 PM

While digital identities will continue to rise, the physical format for a number of identities, especially in a government space, still remain relevant, a senior official said.

“As we continue to leverage physical cards, there are additional steps that we absolutely recommend — things like holograms or micro print guilloche patterns, a lot of the same ways that we protect banknotes and such those same principles can be applied to identities. So, then you’ve got a nice balance between data security and visual security,” Isaac Young, VP & Head of Desktop for Secure Issuance, HID, told Khaleej Times in an interview on the sidelines on Gitex Global 2023 in Dubai.


The world’s leading provider of trusted identity solutions is showcasing its latest innovations in secure identity issuance and identity management at Gitex under the theme, “Secure, Sustainable, Future-proof Solutions”.

At Gitex, HID is displaying HID Fargo Connect — the industry’s first cloud-native card issuance platform — paired with card printing innovations such as the HID Fargo HDP6600 retransfer card printer and the DTC1500 direct-to-card printer — to demonstrate how the solution simplifies card issuance while increasing security. The company also introduced its HID Element UV Ink Printer and Laser Engraver card personalisation solutions — specifically designed to meet the high-volume and high-security requirements of large organizations such as government entities and financial institutions.


Additionally, company experts are explaining how HID PIAM (physical identity and access management) solutions reduce the costs and risks associated with onboarding, badging, visitor management, access management and compliance.

Through exhibited products, HID will demonstrate its dedication to developing more sustainable solutions and how product lifecycle and environmental impact considerations are central to the design of every HID solution — many of which are GreenCircle® Certified for their energy-saving and other eco-friendly attributes.

With the proliferation of mobile devices ever on the rise, HID is demonstrating how its cloud solutions provide new ways to manage identities and support new form factors such as smartphones and wearables — thus inherently future-proofing ID issuance and management for years to come.

“Security and sustainability are in our DNA,” said Andrew Munnik, Segment Director, MEA, HID. “As we unveil our latest innovations at Gitex, HID will demonstrate how we continue to lead the way in providing secure, sustainable and future-proof solutions — ensuring today’s security and technology professionals have the tools they need to create safer and more eco-friendly work environments both now and as the world moves toward a more digital future.”

Looking ahead, HID is trying to create an ecosystem that will allow and enable choices. “So if you want a physical or you want a mobile identity, we can help you issue either one of them. So for us that becomes very important, and we continue to focus on identity card issuance enhancements holistically,” Young said.

HID is also seeking to ensure that its products are sustainable. “We are think about how can we make our products more environmentally friendly, going all the way back to the design and the manufacturing of the product. We have installed solar panels on our factories so that we can reduce our carbon footprint, and also making things out of materials that can be recycled so that the machine doesn’t end up in a landfill and then trying to make sure that we design machines that last a very long time have a long serviceable life, so that you’re not just continually replacing,” Young said.



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