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Lenel and XceedID add FIPS 201 medium assurance and Lenel prox compatibility to Lenel OpenCard Readers

Andy Williams   ||   Mar 29, 2006  ||   ,

Lenel OpenCard Readers are now compliant with U.S. Government FIPS 201 Medium Level Assurance requirements, and also support backward compatibility with Lenel Prox cards, thanks to its private label OEM agreement that now allows XceedID multi-technology readers to be produced under the Lenel name.

Golden, CO and Rochester, NY– XceedID Corp. and Lenel Systems International announced that Lenel OpenCard Readers now contain additional functionality that will benefit Lenel customers in both government and commercial markets.

Lenel, a leading provider of software and integrated security management systems, and XceedID, a pioneer in the development of contactless RFID products, previously entered into a private-label OEM agreement to offer XceedID ISO-X multi-technology readers under the Lenel brand as the Lenel OpenCard Reader series. With the new functional enhancements, Lenel OpenCard Readers are now compliant with U.S. Government FIPS 201 Medium Level Assurance requirements, and also support backward compatibility with Lenel Prox cards.

FIPS 201 is a Federal Information Processing Standard developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to satisfy the requirements of HSPD-12, a Homeland Security Presidential Directive. FIPS 201 seeks to improve identification and authentication of Federal employees and contractors for access to Federal facilities and information systems. The compatibility of Lenel OpenCard Readers with FIPS 201 Medium Level Assurance enables a customer in the government sector to implement a more secure identity solution that some agencies require. It ensures that the ID card the employee or contractor presents to the reader was issued by the trusted application, and that the card itself can be trusted.

XceedID and Lenel have partnered to further customize the versatile ISO-X multi-technology readers for use with the Lenel OnGuard security platform. The result is a reader platform that provides unprecedented functionality. Using OnGuard OpenCard, Lenel’s smart card encoded information standard, the Lenel OpenCard Readers now support Lenel Prox and Low and Medium Level Assurance under FIPS 201, in addition to HID proximity, GE/CASI ProxLite , , Infineon my-dr, MIFAREr, MIFARE DESFirer, HID iCLASST and XceedID ISO-X. The devices can read proximity numbers, smart card serial numbers and the secure data application areas of contactless smart cards.

“Once again, XceedID has worked closely with Lenel to deliver unparalleled card compatibility in our reader products. This latest feature set provides compatibility to Lenel’s substantial installed base of Lenel Prox readers. Furthermore, it allows Lenel to offer the OpenCard Readers with FIPS 201 Medium Assurance security to its vast network of U.S. government end customers,” said John Menzel, XceedID President and CEO.

“Lenel is very pleased with the efforts that XceedID has made to meet our requirements for these new reader feature enhancements. This is just one of many examples that demonstrate XceedID’s level of commitment to Lenel,” said Erik Larsen, Product Manager of Identity Solutions for Lenel.

About Lenel
Lenel Systems International, Inc. is a global leader in the development and delivery of scalable, integrated systems for the commercial security market, with more than 12,600 system installations in 75 countries. Lenel is headquartered in Rochester, New York, with sales and support coverage in all major world markets. Lenel is a subsidiary of UTC Fire & Security (, which is a business unit of United Technologies Corporation. More information can be found on Lenel’s web site at

About XceedID Corporation
Based in Golden, Colorado, XceedID is a privately held company dedicated to the design, development and supply of advanced contactless RFID products. XceedID pioneered development of multi-technology readers which combine traditional proximity and advanced contactless smart technology in one reader. XceedID products are sold through industry leading access control manufacturers. For additional information about XceedID Corporation please visit LogoCompare FIPS 201 Products
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