Multicard unveils new version of polyright software platform

Multicard, a supplier of identity management and credential solutions, has unveiled a new version of its polyright software platform that enables the integration of identity management, access, payment and related functions onto a single identification credential.

Addressing the growing trend towards all-in-one ID cards, the new polyright V5 platform provides web-based, centralized management of cardholder rights for a variety of security, financial and productivity applications for campus, enterprise and healthcare environments, the company said.

"Multi-function ID cards are gaining traction in a variety of areas, especially in campus environments where there are multiple types of users with diverse identity management and access privilege needs.

"Nearly two-thirds of universities and a growing number of colleges and secondary schools in Switzerland already use the polyright identity management platform to provide students, faculty and staff with a single ID credential that allows each cardholder the appropriate level of access to the computer network and to campus dormitories and facilities, and also enables payment at the cafeteria and for library, printing and copy services.

"This latest version of the polyright platform includes tighter and easier integration of different ID functions as well as new Internet-based access for both program administrators and cardholders, including planned apps for mobile devices such as the iPad. This brings additional convenience and department-level account management to our already popular multi-function identity management platform," said Thierry Gattlen, general manager of Multicard Switzerland.

The advanced polyright V5 platform connects to Multicard's polypurse e-wallet, which provides the web interface and transaction software. The cards are reloaded with cash value over the internet by linking to bank accounts or credit cards. Tightly integrated with the new platform is polyright ID Manager, a comprehensive identity management module capable of setting cardholder rights for physical access, network access, e-purse functions, net printing and copying, and other applications.