SOURCE: The Smart Card Alliance

March 08, 2007 09:54 ET

Government Identity Credentials Are Hot Topics at 2007 Smart Cards in Government Conference

HSPD-12, TWIC, Traveler IDs, REAL ID and Privacy Included in the 3-Day Agenda

PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 8, 2007 -- Both government identity programs in full swing and new identity programs for 2007 will be hot topics among government and industry leaders at the Smart Card Alliance's 6th Annual Smart Cards in Government Conference. Government and industry speakers will discuss HSPD-12-driven employee ID cards, the Transportation Worker Identity Credential (TWIC) program, and electronic passports (ePassports), as well as upcoming initiatives for cross-border citizen identification cards and the REAL ID reforms for driver's licenses. The conference will be held April 11-13 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Centre in Washington, DC.

"With large-scale government employee rollouts currently underway and new citizen-facing identification systems being debated at the federal and state level, this is a dynamically changing marketplace," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Alliance. "Now is an ideal time for leaders in government and industry to share experiences and lessons learned with the existing implementations, discuss opportunities and challenges ahead, and explore how we can apply this knowledge to newly proposed government identity projects."

In its sixth year, the 3-day conference is a must-attend event, with more than eight hundred attendees expected to gather in Washington, DC to discuss technology, standards and implementation best practices for government smart card programs. An exhibition hall will feature demonstrations of the latest technology used in government and commercial security and identification systems, including the latest dual-interface smart cards, physical access systems, identity management software, card personalization systems, biometrics and logical access security solutions.

Speakers will include:

--  Mary Dixon, deputy director of the Defense Manpower Data Center
    (DMDC), on "Department of Defense - Next Steps in Global Deployment."
--  Robert Jacksta, executive director of passenger security and
    facilitation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on "Border Security:
    Managing Cross-border Identity and Security."
--  Paula Arcioni, Department of Information Technology, State of New
    Jersey, on "Enabling Electronic Government at the State Level."
--  Ari Schwartz, deputy director, Center for Democracy and Technology, on
    "Privacy, Technology and Public Policy."
Business issues, implementation milestones and technology advancements will be explored in presentations on government programs underway, including the government's HSPD-12 directive for federal and contract employee Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards, ePassports, the TWIC program involving the U.S. Coast Guard, registered traveler cards coming to dozens of airports, and the first responder authentication credential trials that involve federal, state, and local agencies throughout the country.

Further agenda topics will cover the upcoming year, as new government identity programs that will impact millions of U.S. citizens get underway including the Western Hemisphere Traveler Initiative (WHTI) and REAL ID Act driver's license reform. Attendees will come away from these presentations with insights into the timetables, opportunities and challenges ahead for government issuers, accreditation and testing authorities, procurement programs and the industry as a whole.

The Smart Card Alliance Educational Institute will host a pre-conference educational workshop on FIPS 201 implementation from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 10th. This full-day workshop is directed at government agency HSPD-12 program leaders and contractors and will include a detailed presentation of the technology and applications roadmap for implementing FIPS 201 compliant federal identity cards.

Additionally, the Federal Smart Card Interagency Advisory Board (IAB) will hold its regular open IAB meeting prior to the start of the conference, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Wednesday morning, April 11th. This is a bi-monthly gathering of government and private industry leaders to discuss adoption issues; no fee is required to attend. The session will be moderated by Michael Butler, Department of Defense and IAB chairman.

More than 50 exhibitors are expected to showcase their technology and services in the expanded exhibit hall this year. Conference sponsors include Atmel, platinum sponsor, plus HID and Gemalto, as gold sponsors. Other event sponsors and exhibitors include BearingPoint, Giesecke & Devrient, L-1 Identity Solutions, Oberthur Card Systems, RSA, Sagem Morpho, Inc. and Thales. All sponsors and exhibitors play key roles in major U.S. government smart card projects.

The conference is open to all individuals and organizations that wish to learn about the role of smart cards in government. Member organizations and government employees receive complimentary or discounted pricing for single day or full conference registrations. Early registration discounts are available through March 12th. The agenda and online registration can be found on the Alliance website,

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more information, please visit

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