About Microtech International Inc.

Identive Group grants secure access to the digital world. The company makes hardware and software for securely accessing digital content and services. Its products include smart card readers for electronic IDs and driver's licenses, as well as health care, computer network, and facility access cards. Among other purposes, Identive's digital media readers are used in digital photo kiosks to transfer data to and from flash media. The company sells to computer makers, government contractors, systems integrators, financial institutions, and photo processing equipment makers. Identive has international facilities in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, and Switzerland.

The company uses acquisitions to expand its customer base and extend the functionality of its product line. It bought Switzerland's Bluehill ID in a 2010 stock-swap transaction, adding radio-frequency identification (RFID) and other ID equipment for inventory tracking and security applications to its catalog. Known as SCM Microsystems prior to its purchase of Bluehill, the company changed its name that year to Identive Group. Also in 2010 the company bought Smartag, a designer of high frequency radio transponders and tags used for RFID applications.

Identive undertook cost-cutting measures following those acquisitions, consolidating some operations, closing an office in Germany, and combining two Indian subsidiaries, SCM Microsystems India and SCOLIS Technologies. The restructuring led to the elimination of about 13% of the company's global workforce.

In 2011 Identive bought polyright, a provider of multifunction RFID cards for the education and health care industries. Headquartered in Switzerland, polyright had offices in Austria and Germany. That year the company also bought California-based idOnDemand, a provider of cloud-based secure access systems for buildings, computers, mobile devices, and corporate networks.

Identive in 2012 established a converged access product group, Access Control ID Solutions, to focus on identity products, idOnDemand's software-as-a service product, and network access smart card reader technology.

The company's revenue continued its upward march in 2011, increasing just 20% after doubling from 2009 to 2010. Identive is still finding profits elusive, however, pulling itself out of the red only one year (2006) in the past decade. Higher operating costs in R&D, sales and marketing, and administrative areas of the business contributed to the loss for 2011.

Board member Daniel S. Wenzel owns more than 15% of Identive.

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Microtech International Inc.

466 Kato Ter
Fremont, CA 94539-8332
Phone: 1 (510) 360-0210


  • Employer Type: Public
  • President: Brian Campbell

Major Office Locations

  • Fremont, CA