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Physical Access Control System Migration Options for Using FIPS 201-1 Compliant Credentials

All federal government employees and contractors are now transitioning to FIPS 201-1 compliant credentials–the Personal Identity Verification card, known as the PIV card. This presents unique challenges to security directors with currently-deployed ID badges and existing systems for building access management and control. Key questions that may be asked by all security directors and those responsible for physical access control systems are:

Security directors and those responsible for physical access control systems (PACS) within government agencies have a new resource to help them choose the right path to accept FIPS 201-1 compliant credentials–a white paper, “Physical Access Control System Migration Options for Using FIPS 201-1 Compliant Credentials,” developed by the Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council in collaboration with the Open Security Exchange (OSE), Security Industry Association (SIA) and International Biometric Industry Association (IBIA).

The PIV credential enables agencies to implement a range of identity authentication methods, allowing the appropriate method to be used based on an agency’s unique security requirements. The white paper allows security directors, facilities managers or systems managers to understand the changes introduced by PIV cards, what migration options are available, and how to manage the transition to guarantee success. Topics covered in the white paper include:

A broad set of industry participants from the Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council, SIA, OSE and IBIA were involved in developing this white paper, including: government agencies; smart card chip, card, software and reader vendors; physical access control systems vendors; and integration service providers.

About the Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council

The Physical Access Council is focused on accelerating the widespread acceptance, usage, and application of smart card technology for physical access control. The group brings together, in an open forum, leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors and works on activities that are important to the physical access industry and that will address key issues that end user organizations have in deploying new physical access system technology.

The Physical Access Council includes participants from across the smart card and physical access control system industry, including end users; smart card chip, card, software and reader vendors; physical access control systems vendors; and integration service providers. Physical Access Council participation is open to any Smart Card Alliance member who wishes to contribute to the Council projects.