September 25, 2007 10:00 ET

Nortel Government Solutions Approved to Integrate ID Verification Systems

Qualified by GSA to Help Implement HSPD-12 Compliant Facility, Systems Access

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2007) - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has approved Nortel Government Solutions(1), a U.S. company wholly owned by Nortel(1) (TSX:NT)(NYSE:NT), as a provider of integration services for personal identity verification (PIV) systems compliant with Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12).

This presidential directive requires all federal executive departments and agencies to secure access to facilities and information systems by implementing a government-wide standard for employee and contractor identification.

GSA has added Nortel Government Solutions HSPD-12 integration services to GSA Multiple Award Schedule Contract Number GS-35F-4366G as part of Special Item Number 132-62. This contract is available for use by all Federal agencies and other eligible organizations.

Nortel Government Solutions has an in-depth understanding of HSPD-12, the supporting special publications from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the GSA's requirements for PIV services, products and interoperability. This expertise can be leveraged to provide end-to-end, vendor independent identity verification solutions.

"We understand that a successful PIV system implementation requires the right policy, procedures, people and technology," said Larry Jurcich, vice president and general manager, Information Assurance and Engineering, Nortel Government Solutions. "Our expertise in standards-based identity management solutions enables us to select the proper blend to facilitate secure internal and external information sharing."

Nortel Government Solutions has more than 10-years experience supporting the foundation technologies for HSPD-12, including private key infrastructure (PKI), directory services, databases, background check processing, biometrics, identity management and logical access control.

Nortel Government Solutions has provided identity management solutions for a number of U.S. government agencies, including the Social Security Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice and the Transportation Security Administration.

About Nortel Government Solutions

Nortel Government Solutions is a network-centric integrator, providing the services expertise, mission-critical systems and secure communications that empower government to ensure the security, livelihood, and well being of its citizens. Headquartered in Fairfax, Va., Nortel Government Solutions offers a one-stop shop for solutions designed to improve workforce productivity, reduce operating costs and streamline inter-agency communications. Please visit for more information.

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