HID Global introduces OSM Multitech citizen ID cards

November 10, 2016 - 

HID Global has created an Optical Secure Media (OSM) Multitech card that it says is one of the most secure citizen ID cards on the market.

The new citizen ID cards feature technologies that have been proven in its customers’ national passport and other government ID programs, including the award-winning Irish Passport Card.

“Our OSM cards have set the standard for combining visual, digital and physical security while delivering the highest levels of card durability,” said Rob Haslam, VP and Managing Director, Government ID Solutions with HID Global. “There has been no known instance of a successful attempt to compromise OSM technology’s digital security, and now we’re helping to fuel the future of even more secure citizen identification by including a contactless RFID microcontroller chip into these proven OSM cards.”

To maximize the security of HID Global’s OSM Multitech card, issuers can laser-engrave information on its front side, engrave and encode identity information in the OSM stripe on the card’s back side, and encode identity information on the microcontroller chip inside the card. Integrating the RFID chip into a standard-sized OSM card was made possible with HID Global’s ultra-thin PC ePre-laminate product, which minimizes the footprint of the RFID chip and antenna using the company’s DBond technology. Unique anti-crack technology also extends the durability of the card, which is initially available with an NXP P60D080 RFID chip. The company plans to offer additional RFID chip options in the future.

HID Global’s OSM Multitech cards can be used for applications ranging from national and resident alien IDs to a wide range of other identification cards. The cards are the cornerstone of an end-to-end government ID solution offered by HID Global, including its highly secure laser personalization equipment, software solutions, security printing plus software and professional services and training.

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