SOURCE: Hirsch Electronics

Hirsch Electronics

November 18, 2010 08:00 ET

Hirsch & Tracewell Partner to Deliver Identification and Security Solutions

Networked, Smart-Card-Enabled, Mobile Laptop Cabinets for Defense Markets Are Alliance's First Joint Products

SANTA ANA, CA and COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - November 18, 2010) - Hirsch, a leading security systems manufacturer and a business unit of Identive Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVE, Frankfurt Stock Exchange: INV), and Tracewell Systems today announced a strategic alliance to deliver new security solutions to government and industry. The joint development and marketing relationship has already resulted in one new product line: network-ready, secured, mobile cabinets that control access to drawer content, monitor access transactions and alarms, and, if used to store laptop computers, connect each drawer's computer to the network to enable remote management of software, patches and power. The first models have been deployed at U.S. Air Force bases to secure and update their eTool laptops hosting electronic technical manuals for aircraft maintenance.

"The product line has applications in several market segments," explained Rob Harris, Tracewell's director of sales and marketing. "Since both Tracewell and Hirsch have the Air Force as a current customer, we co-developed these first models to the Air Force's specifications. The cabinets are already deployed at several bases to help streamline and speed aircraft maintenance -- getting our fleet back in the air faster. We also secure the cabinets' contents and provide the necessary tracking and audit information." 

"Tracewell and Hirsch partnered in this joint development because together we could offer a unique product that solves a big market problem, which is how to secure critical assets in highly demanding environments, yet keep them mobile and easily accessible for authorized users," commented Scott Elliott, Hirsch's director of government sales. "We see our partnership with Tracewell resulting in solutions that fit the challenging and exacting requirements of DoD/military environments as well as aerospace, telecom, medical, industrial, and even some commercial markets."

Each cabinet incorporates an on-board access control panel, common access card (CAC) smart card and PIN code reader for two-factor identity authentication, Ethernet network switch, power surge protection, and power and thermal management. Each drawer includes a network cable port, drawer position sensor (open, closed), content sensor (present, not present), relay and electronic lock, and a multi-color status LED. The rugged, wheeled cabinet is designed for worldwide use in maintenance hangers and soon will be deployed directly on the flight line. The unit communicates via encrypted channel to the DIACAP-certified and accredited Hirsch Velocity Security Management System which provides access control administration, alarm monitoring, load balancing, and a variety of tracking and audit reports.

About Hirsch Electronics
Hirsch, a business unit of Identive Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVE, Frankfurt Stock Exchange: INV), manufactures integrated security and identity systems for worldwide markets. Hirsch's award-winning solutions bring together access control, video surveillance, intrusion detection, digital certificates, smart cards and biometrics in order to successfully secure facilities, digital assets and electronic transactions. Identive Group, Inc. is a leading provider of products, services and solutions for the security, identification and RFID industries. For more information, please visit www.HirschElectronics.com and www.identive-group.com.

About Tracewell Systems
Since 1973, Tracewell Systems has been offering comprehensive system engineering services, technical solutions and products for both commercial and government applications that are typically deployed in rugged and harsh environmental conditions. Tracewell's enabling solutions are based on a long history of innovation and patents covering system design, power architecture, thermal management, backplanes and unique manufacturing techniques backed by superior customer service. Tracewell adds value through innovative design, development and modification of new or legacy systems. The company's unique manufacturing approach leads to simplicity in design, overall cost reduction and lightweight products that have increased reliability. Tracewell Systems is an ISO 9001:2008 and ITAR certified facility. For more on Tracewell Systems please visit www.tracewell.com.

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