HID Crescendo™ - Logical Access Implementation Made Simple

Product Profile

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HID Global's Crescendo is a series of highly secure, off-the-shelf smart cards designed to provide out-of-the-box, standards-compliant support for thousands of logical access applications.  Crescendo is a multi-technology smart card.  Crescendo is a credit card-sized card that enables logical and physical access control, also serving as an employee ID badge.  An embedded contact smart chip is used for logical access control.  To meet the needs of current physical access control customers, Crescendo can be customized with the "physical access control" technologies you choose (i.e., HID or Indala® proximity, iCLASS®, MIFARE®, and others).  Crescendo smart cards require no additional per-seat middleware license.

Using a powerful contact smart chip with cryptographic co-processor, Crescendo is supplied pre-initialized with the required on-card software and includes all required drivers and middleware.  This equates to a high performance, cost-effective solution.  Within HID's Trusted Identity Platform™, Crescendo combines technologies, services, and know-how with unique attributes to deliver a trusted solution for secure identity-related applications.  Crescendo cards are as simple to install and use as any Windows® peripheral.  Crescendo has completed the Microsoft® certification program for smart card minidrivers, ensuring a seamless experience for the user.  Crescendo is Windows® compatible.

Crescendo series smart cards are fully compatible with the Microsoft® Windows® Smart Card Framework (WSF) and support Microsoft® applications such as Windows® Domain Log-On, VPN, Outlook®, secure Web access, and wireless LAN authentication.  Crescendo is supported by the Microsoft® Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007, dramatically simplifying the deployment, management, and auditing of smart cards used for logical access control applications.

Crescendo supports security applications from other vendors including:

  • Single sign-on
  • Pre-boot authentication
  • Disk encryption
  • Digital signatures
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Technical Specification

Make HID
Manufacturer HID Global
Model code Crescendo C200
Card/ Tag/ Fob Card
Technology Type Smart Card
Additional info

Card size: ID-1 (full size).  Windows Vista, XP and 2000 compatible.  Can be customised with the "physical access control" technologies, e.g. HID or Indala proximity, iCLASS, MIFARE and others.  Anti-counterfeiting features: surface holograms, embedded holograms, micro-fine text, guilloche images, holographic overlaminates, anti-scan and anti-copy technologies, UV and infrared fluorescing inks.  Customisable layout.

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