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Organizations around the world are facing more security threats to their business than ever before. At the same time, tighter regulation and stricter compliance measures mean that these same organizations are under growing pressure to demonstrate to their investors, shareholders and customers that they are taking a consistent and comprehensive approach to managing these risks in their day-to-day operations.

Faced with these external pressures, more and more organizations are recognizing the potential benefits of an effective identity and access management (IAM) program in terms of cost savings, better service levels, tighter IT governance and improved regulatory compliance. Smart cards are at the very heart of this drive.

Not so long ago, many organizations were relying on multiple credentials to fulfill different tasks. Upon arriving at work, employees would often have to fumble in their pockets to find one card for physical access to the main building, a separate card to access their own floor, and a security token to give them access to their computer.

But these hassles are a thing of the past for organizations that have recognized the flexibility and convenience that smart card technology can provide, as several smart card technology leaders have developed converged card solutions that combine both physical and logical access.

The contactless payments space is a striking example of how innovations in smart card technology are helping organizations streamline their operational processes and make their employees' lives easier through a converged card solution.

Willis, a major international insurance brokerage, was keen to create the best possible working environment for its 1,600-plus employees at its London headquarters. The company was looking for a solution that would allow it to extend the functionality of its existing access control cards to incorporate cashless payments for its new catering facilities.

In this case, HID Global worked with a partner, VMC, to leverage the technology already in place to create a seamless solution that gave employees a convenient and efficient way to access the building and pay for meals with a single card.

A further example of converged smart cards making a real difference in practical terms can be found in the healthcare industry. Up until a few years ago, it was relatively easy for an intruder to walk unchallenged around a hospital, accessing areas meant only for authorised staff. In rare cases, this led to security breaches where babies were removed from pediatric wards.


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