Synercard Partners with Lipi Data Systems for Distribution in India

GATINEAU, Quebec – Synercard, developer of the critically acclaimed Asure ID suite of photo ID and ID card application control software and member of HID Global, a leading supplier and manufacturer in the access control industry, today announced that it has entered into a partnership with Lipi Data Systems Ltd., one of India’s five largest computer peripherals companies. Lipi Data Systems provides a variety of printing systems and smart card solutions to the vast and rapidly expanding access control, identification and security markets in India.

This agreement makes Lipi Data Systems the first company in India to distribute Synercard’s products and integrate them into the company’s smart card and printer solutions. As a Synercard partner, Lipi Data Systems can now offer its customers a complete solution package that can be tailored to meet their specific needs which range from basic ID systems to integrated smart card applications.

“Synercard’s software for smart cards is one of the best solutions available,” said Lalit Agarwal, smart card printer business manager, Lipi Data Systems Ltd. “With Asure ID’s ease of integration into the printers we offer plus the product’s extensive encoding capabilities, it was the obvious choice for us.”

With this new partnership, Synercard’s trusted software solutions will, for the first time, be available in India through Lipi Data Systems’ network of 97 support locations and 3 manufacturing facilities that are spread throughout the country.

“Lipi Data Systems’ immense structure of offices covering all 35 states of India provides incredible exposure for Synercard’s products,” said Bruce Bianco, president, Synercard. “Lipi is the perfect partner for us to launch our products in this enormous market and we are looking forward to working together with the Lipi team to meet the growing security needs of organizations in India.”

Additionally, Agarwal asserts that Synercard could not have picked a better time to enter the market. India, with its population of nearly 800 million, has one of the five fastest growing economies in the world. And while the access control and identification industry is not new to India, it has exploded during the past two years, growing at 30-35 per cent in 2004 and continuing at that rate to the present. This is largely due to heightened security requirements during an era of terrorism and tension and the tremendous government infrastructure growth that is currently taking place in India, particularly in the areas of healthcare, transportation and education.

Synercard provides intuitive, fully interoperable photo ID and ID card application control software solutions, which enable organizations of any size to create, manage and verify an individual's identity. With over 10,000 customers, Synercard products are sold through an international distribution channel. Synercard is part of HID Global, a leading supplier and manufacturer in the access control industry, serving customers worldwide with proximity and contactless Smart Card technologies; central station managed access controllers; secure and custom card solutions; photo ID and ID application control software; and electronic cylinders. Headquartered in Irvine, California, HID Global operates international offices that support more than 100 countries and is a member of ASSA ABLOY Global Technologies Division. For more information, visit the Synercard’s web site at www.synercard.com.

Lipi Data Systems Ltd. engineers heavy duty, high-speed computer printing systems. The company began in 1986 at a time when only international computer giants like IBM and ICL were present in India. Adjusting to an ever changing business environment and prevailing market situation, Lipi has built a solid reputation for its vast range of high speed heavy duty line printers, dot matrix printers, fanfold laser printers and printer suppliers. Its list of customers comprises top Indian OEMs, various government houses and corporate sectors such as banking and finance, airline, insurance, automobile, etc. Lipi has, over the last 15 years, earned the distinction of being the pioneer in its chosen segment.

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