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Hirsch Identive Implements Physical Access Control System for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation

SANTA ANA, Calif., March 20, 2012 – Hirsch Identive, a leading provider of integrated security and identity management systems, today announced the implementation of a total enterprise Physical Access Control System (PACS) for Tallahassee, Florida-based Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.  Citizens has replaced its legacy access control system with Hirsch Identive’s physical access hardware and award-winning Velocity™ Management System software throughout its Florida offices. Hirsch Identive’s Velocity enables Citizen’s staff to manage and monitor access control operations from a central station in each facility.

“Citizens had long outgrown its legacy system which was in disrepair,” says Don Crawford, Citizens Corporate Facility Manager.  “Hirsch Identive’s Velocity was selected primarily for its scalability, interoperability and reliability.”  Velocity delivers a broad range of security management features bundled into a single package.  In addition, it allows seamless integration of access control, intrusion detection, alarm monitoring, credential enrollment, photo badging, video surveillance and database management.  The system installation is straightforward and includes user-friendly tutorials.

Crawford explains, “We found Hirsch Identive’s Velocity tutorials to be a great feature to move our small project team up the learning curve quickly.  Due to an inaccessible legacy system database, the new system had to be built from the ground up.  Considerable effort was required to maintain an aggressive installation schedule, but in the end the transition of the new system was virtually seamless and appeared to be almost effortless.”

To provide a complete solution for Citizens, Hirsch Identive teamed with its local integration partner, Viking Security of Kissimmee, Florida, which specializes in multi-location, enterprise-wide project installations.  This implementation is the result of a two-year project in which Citizens and Viking Security visited multiple current Hirsch Identive customer locations and Hirsch Identive staged product demonstrations and development meetings at Citizens’ sites, providing Crawford and his team the confidence to move forward with the project.

Citizens Property Insurance is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt government corporation whose public purpose is to provide insurance protection to Florida property owners throughout the state. The corporation insures hundreds of thousands of homes, businesses and condominiums whose owners otherwise might not be able to find coverage.

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