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HID ActivID Card Management System

Access and identity management solution developed by HID Global

Organizations need a secure and reliable method for verifying the identity of their members. This solution must implement security best practices, apply modern but industry-validated technologies, and be cost-effective to purchase and operate. ActivID successfully meets these requirements, a fact demonstrated by the numerous systems in production globally.

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Solution overview

ActivID Card Management System (CMS), a solution developed by HID Global, part of Assa Abloy group and world leader in the field of physical and logical access, ensures you:
  • Financial benefits, by integrating in a single platform the credentials for physical access, the credentials for accessing resources from the computer network, such as workstations and software applications, the credentials for verification of the information traceability and the credentials for remote access to IT resources.
  • The safety of a patented technology, compliant with the highest security standards worldwide and, at the same time, validated by organizations globally, by using it on hundreds of millions of cards.
  • Cost of ownership and operational benefits, through ease of use and easy integration with all relevant systems within the organization, such as operating systems, user directories, certification authorities, identity management systems and physical access control systems.

Main functionalities

ActivID CMS works based on the following key mechanisms:

ActivID Card Management System allows organizations to replace traditional insecure static credentials, such as passwords, with digital identities securely stored on smartcards that make any attempt at unauthorized access to them impractical.

By using ActivID CMS, organizations can easily and securely issue and manage certificate and public key credentials, dynamic passwords, biometric credentials, and demographic data. These credentials will be able to be stored both on smart cards similar to credit cards and on special USB devices.

An important component of the system is the ActivID Client, the interface module between the system and smartcard holders' workstations. This component automates the process for the user and secures access to resources, so the only thing left for the user to do is insert the USB device or smartcard into the reader and type the PIN code associated with the device or smartcard. Users of the solution also benefit from a secure portal where they can change the device's PIN code or recover it, in case it has been entered incorrectly repeatedly, thus ensuring the operability of the solution.

Cards issued under ActivID CMS benefit from:

  • Photo of the holder for visual identification,
  • The right of physical access to locations or logical access to computer systems depending on the duties of the service,
  • The logical access right to network resources depending on the user's identity,
  • Digital signature for applications,
  • The ability to encrypt email messages,
  • Ability to automatically install new credentials and applications on smart cards, if needed.

Scalability and reliability proven in practice

The scalability and reliability of ActivID CMS are proven in practice. In one of its implementations:

The system has issued over 13 million smart cards,

Currently manages over 3.5 million active smart cards and

The number of smart card interactions each year exceeds 300,000.

Key benefits of the solution

The benefits brought by this system consist of:

Increasing the level of security regarding access to resources by using a set of secure credentials and by correlating physical access activities with logical access activities;

Efficiency in issuing and revoking access credentials to users from a centralized location;

Ease of use for users, by moving from the situation where they have to memorize various passwords, to have various access cards, IDs and other authentication devices, such as tokens, to the situation where they only have to have the card and the PIN code and perform an authentication procedure they are used to, similar to using a credit card;

The scalability of the solution and the possibility of automatically updating and adding various new credentials for applications implemented after the cards have been issued, without them leaving the possession of the holders.

Services offered by Safetech Innovations

In our IT security systems integration work, we bring together a set of software applications and hardware components to function as a single, consistent solution that meets a specific set of business objectives.
Our IT security systems integration services include:

Requirements analysis and system design

Requirements analysis and system design

Analysis of project objectives, requirements and constraints, identification of risks, design of integrated architecture, development of a detailed project plan for the integration of various components and subsystems



Delivering and installing products, configuring, testing, implementing and optimizing the integrated system, verifying that all components work together as planned, training system administrators on how to use the solution

Technical support and service

Technical support and service

Providing technical support and service to ensure the continuous operation of the system optimally, meeting the needs of the organization

Collaborating with Safetech Innovations brings you the following specific benefits:

– The solid experience of professionals in the field of cyber security – We have 12 years of activity and over 600 completed projects in this field for clients from multiple economic sectors. Currently, Safetech Innovations employs over 60 employees, of which 40 are members of the technical team.
– Our Cyber Security Expertise – We have certified know-how in cyber attack and defense techniques and expertise in:

  • Analysis of existing/potential threats and vulnerabilities,
  • Risk assessment and business impact,
  • Consultancy to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information,
  • Implementation of the necessary solutions in order to achieve an optimal level of security, which will maintain a healthy business in the long term,
  • Continuous event monitoring and response to cyber security incidents.

By using ActivID CMS, organizations will benefit from increased security in access control, both physical and logical, by implementing a state-of-the-art technology, safe and validated in numerous projects in production.
Choosing Safetech's project integrator services ensures you reduce the risks of implementation, customization, scalability and flexibility, post-implementation support.