Unlocking the Power of HID Crescendo: A Comprehensive Guide

Unlocking the Power of HID Crescendo: A Comprehensive Guide

A blog by IDW Technologies - Published: 18/12/2023

In today's rapidly evolving digital landscape, establishing and maintaining secure and trusted identities is paramount for businesses facing an ever-growing array of cybersecurity challenges. HID Crescendo Authenticators have emerged as a transformative solution, addressing the pressing need for robust identity verification. In this blog post, we'll delve into Crescendo's capabilities, including specifications, certifications, and compatibility.

Specifications and Certifications: Building Blocks of Trust

Some organisations today face strict regulatory requirements to ensure products are compliant with specific certifications and specifications. In response, HID Crescendo has been developed to help assist businesses proactively to meet these standards and align with industry best practices.

FIDO U2F and 2.0

HID Global, a sponsor member of the FIDO Alliance, offers the Crescendo C2300 smart card and the Crescendo Key, both FIDO2-certified authenticators. These devices enhance security and provide a frictionless gateway to secure online and cloud services.

GlobalPlatform Card Specification 2.2, Secure Channel Protocol 03, ID Configuration 1.0

Crescendo flawlessly implements the GlobalPlatform Card Specification 2.2, complete with support for Secure Channel Protocol 03, employing NIST-approved cryptographic algorithms for secure personalisation of credentials.


Crescendo C2300 and Crescendo Key are FIPS 140-2 certified, meeting strict cryptographic standards for government agencies in the United States and Canada.


Crescendo supports deployments using the industry-standard OATH algorithm for two-factor authentication (2FA), streamlining the authentication process.

Crescendo and Existing Infrastructure: A Unified Identity for All

Crescendo seamlessly integrates with existing infrastructure:


  • Microsoft Windows: Crescendo enables passwordless authentication in Azure Active Directory and supports smart card logon credentials using PKI certificates.
  • Apple macOS: The Crescendo Key operates as a FIDO authenticator in Safari or Chrome, simplifying the process of digital signature registration.
  • NFC: Crescendo offers seamless integration with standard NFC readers and syncs with NFC-capable Android and iOS phones, supporting FIDO Web Authentication and custom applications.

Crescendo and HID Physical Access Control Systems

Crescendo extends its versatility to physical access control systems:


  • Crescendo Key: Compatible with state-of-the-art iCLASS SE and Signo readers.
  • Crescendo Smart Cards: Support Seos, MIFARE, HID iCLASS, HID Prox, and Indala Prox, making them a seamless drop-in replacement for any access control card.

Back to You

HID Crescendo Authenticators are your gateway to a safer, more secure future in the world of digital and physical security. With FIDO2, GlobalPlatform, NIST FIPS 140-2, and OATH support, Crescendo seamlessly integrates into existing infrastructures, providing a unified, secure identity solution for the ever-evolving digital landscape and physical access control systems.

ReferenceHID Crescendo's Diverse Functionality & Compatibility | HIDGlobal.com 2023, HID Global