A smart card is a small device -- typically in the size and shape of a credit card -- with an integrated circuit embedded in it. In the context of an identity and access management system, these cards are often used to identify and authenticate users, and may contain:
Most smart cards are activated by inserting them into a card reader, which includes probes that make electrical contact with circuit elements on the surface of the card. Some smart cards are contactless - meaning that they communicate with the card reader wirelessly but in close proximity.
Integration between Hitachi ID Identity and Access Management Suite and smart card systems includes:
The web server hosting Hitachi ID Suite can be configured to authenticate users with smart cards. Hitachi ID Suite is then configured to trust authentication information it receives from the web server, thereby allowing users to sign into the Hitachi ID Suite application with their smart card, rather than by typing a login ID and/or password.
Hitachi ID Password Manager allows users to reset a forgotten PIN on their smart card:
As mentioned earlier, Hitachi ID Suite can provision physical devices, such as smart cards, tokens or building access badges. This includes managing physical inventories of devices by serial number and location, notifying people responsible for managing those inventories that they should deliver or collect individual devices, activating new devices, deactivating returned devices, etc.