HID Global has acquired physical security identity management provider Codebench, bringing together the two companies’ complementary offerings in validation software and solutions for government credentials.

By bringing in Codebench’s strength in the government sector, HID will now be able to offer complete, field-tested solutions that speed and simplify deployment for its federal agency and contractor customers, as well as to serve emerging government and commercial markets.

“This acquisition further strengthens the Genuine HID value proposition while expanding our award-winning solutions for creating, using and managing identity,” said Denis Hebert, HID Global’s president and CEO. “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.”

As the newest addition to HID’s federal identity portfolio, the Codebench offering will allow HID to provide customers with everything necessary to upgrade their physical access control systems (PACS) to meet the personal identity verification (PIV) guidelines set forth in Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 201 (FIPS-201). Codebench’s portfolio will also enhance HID’s capability to offer Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) solutions and more complete PACS integration capabilities. HID will also be able to extend these capabilities into HID’s Card Management System appliance.

Thanks to the acquisition, HID will also be well-equipped apply PIV technologies to serve the emerging commercial identity verification (CIV) market, including broader applications in healthcare, local and state government, first responder groups and a range of other organizations. HID will also use the acquisition as a springboard to the forefront of industry efforts to move strong authentication beyond logical access control at the desktop. 

“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 will remain located in Coconut Creek, Fla., and its products, executives and staff will become part of HID Global’s Identity Access Management business.