HID Global makes CES debut with Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Technology

Jan. 7, 2020
Company partners with FiRa Consortium to showcase seamless access control using UWB
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HID Global makes its first-ever appearance at CES 2020, showcasing a new world of more seamless and secure access experiences using Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology. 

Today’s secure access technologies typically require users to enter a code on a keypad, present a badge, fob or phone to a reader, or place a finger on a scanner to enter a secured area. With the growing use of smartphones for mobile access plus UWB technology in place, a user can simply approach a door and opens it automatically—all without additional intervention or any intentional action from the user. The door automatically locks when the user is on the outside of the designated secure area.

Access control systems that leverage the power of UWB technology will monitor the user’s approach, seamlessly verify their security credentials, and allow them to access secured areas, enabling completely frictionless yet secure entry and exit.

HID Global, a co-founding member of the FiRa Consortium, along with fellow co-founding consortium members Samsung and NXP, will showcase UWB technology's unique ability to deliver a secure and more seamless physical access control experience.

Hands-on demonstrations that reveal how UWB technology provides complete freedom of movement to transform how users engage with smarter, more connected buildings with their smartphone. CES attendees will walk through the same experience they can enjoy with automobiles, where no intentional gesture or action is required to authenticate or gain authorized entry. To access a building door or entry, the user only needs to have their smartphone (containing the necessary digital key) in their pocket or bag and the door simply unlocks and locks based on user’s access rights.

UWB technology provides the unique ability to deliver unprecedented accuracy when measuring the distance or determining the relative position of a target. Especially in challenging environments, UWB technology outperforms other technologies in terms of accuracy, power consumption, robustness in RF connection, and security, by a wide margin. Today, secure, hands-free access control, location-based services, and device-to-device (peer-to-peer) services are three main categories of use cases that will help UWB become an essential technology in future connected devices.

About HID Global

HID Global powers the trusted identities of the world’s people, places and things. We make it possible for people to transact safely, work productively and travel freely. Our trusted identity solutions give people convenient access to physical and digital places and connect things that can be identified, verified and tracked digitally. Millions of people around the world use HID products and services to navigate their everyday lives, and over 2 billion things are connected through HID technology. We work with governments, educational institutions, hospitals, financial institutions, industrial businesses and some of the most innovative companies on the planet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 3,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com

About FiRa ConsortiumHeadquartered in Beaverton, OR, the FiRa Consortium is a member-driven organization dedicated to the development and widespread adoption of seamless user experiences using the secured fine ranging and positioning capabilities of Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technologies.