OMNIKEY Bundles Smart Card Readers with CoreStreet Validation Technology for FIPS 201 Compliance


Irvine, CA (September 13, 2005) OMNIKEY, one of the world's leading manufacturers of innovative smart card readers, announced today that they will offer high performance desktop smart card readers bundled with software from CoreStreet, the leading provider of infrastructure and applications for smart credentials.

The new reader package is designed to minimize deployment time and reduce the total cost of compliance associated with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12). HSPD-12 requires that by October 27, 2006 federal government employees and contractors use a single credential, typically in the form of a smart card, to access all buildings and computer networks.

"With HSPD-12 touching nearly every Federal government employee and contractor, we saw an opportunity to help agencies of all sizes dramatically cut the time and effort required to effectively use and validate these new smart credentials," according to Kurt Schmid, CEO of OMNIKEY. "Bundling CoreStreet validation software with our readers is the first offer of its kind in the industry. Users simply plug in their new CoreStreet-enabled OMNIKEY reader, and the embedded validation client does the rest."
The companies worked jointly to develop the bundled solution, drawing on OMNIKEY'S expertise in card reader technology and CoreStreet's validation technology. The result is a convenient, reliable implementation that isn't tied to location, time, or the availability of system administrators.

Deployment to the desktop is easy, even for large enterprises. Systems administrators can configure the enterprise validation software centrally, and never have to touch the desktops. Users simply plug in the OMNIKEY USB or PCMCIA reader and the software is installed automatically. Users can then insert their FIPS 201 compliant credentials into the reader when they send signed e-mail. Recipients with validation clients are then able to validate the e-mail when they open it.

"OMNIKEY is clearly a leader in card reader innovation, and we look forward to continuing to partner with them to deliver innovative CoreStreet-enabled products to the market," said Phil Libin, President of CoreStreet.

OMNIKEY CoreStreet-enabled smart card readers - helping to make compliance with FIPS 201 easy, reliable, and cost-effective.

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About OMNIKEY
OMNIKEY, one of the world's leading manufacturers of innovative smart card readers, offers the most diversified product portfolio available on the market today. Having established a tight collaboration with key decision makers in the card manufacturing and software industries, OMNIKEY sits at the table of innovation. OMNIKEY's smart card readers for PCs can be utilized by any application including logical access control, digital signature, GSM authentication, secure banking and online transactions, loyalty programs, and healthcare solutions.

OMNIKEY, headquartered in Walluf, near Wiesbaden (Germany), is part of the ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group (ITG). OMNIKEY´s North American headquarters reside in Irvine, California with technical support in Atlanta, Georgia. The Asia Pacific operation is located in Hong Kong. Design, production management, and quality control of OMNIKEY's products are carried out in the company's two R&D centers in Linz, Austria and Erfurt, Germany. OMNIKEY readers are distributed worldwide through a global network of partners, including value added resellers, system integrators, and OEMs. For further information please visit www.omnikey.com.

About CoreStreet
Every day, the world's most demanding government and commercial enterprises rely on CoreStreet technology to authorize critical events, ranging from opening signed e-mail and documents to granting physical access. More information, including technical whitepapers, industry solution studies and a list of the patents awarded to the company, is available at www.corestreet.com.

About ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group (ITG)
ITG is the world's leading supplier of RFID components, products, solutions and services. Comprised of a dynamic group of companies including HID, Sokymat, ACG Identification Technologies, Indala, OMNIKEY and Interlock-printoplast. ITG innovation spans the value chain of smart card and RFID-based systems for identification and security. Applications include physical and logical access control, supply chain management, animal tagging, national ID and e-passport programs, transport and various industrial and manufacturing applications. ITG Research in Denver, Colorado, focused on advanced research projects at the cutting edge of RFID and smart card technologies, and its SmartWorldAcademy in Prague, uniquely position ITG at the forefront of the secure identification industry. ITG headquarter offices are located in Walluf, Germany and Irvine, California.

ITG is part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, an international group listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange with some 30,000 employees and annual sales of about EUR 3 billion. The ASSA ABLOY Group is the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of locking solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience. For more information, visit www.assaabloy.com.

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