SOURCE: The Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance

February 03, 2011 12:02 ET

PIV-I Credentials Provide Efficiency and Trust for State and Local Governments According to New Smart Card Alliance White Paper

PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ--(Marketwire - February 3, 2011) - Educating state and local governments on Personal Identity Verification Interoperable (PIV-I) credentials is the aim of a new white paper released today by the Smart Card Alliance. PIV-I, based on the same framework as the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards that been issued to over 5 million federal employees and contractors, provides a way for state and local governments to enable interoperability and trust for a wide variety of identity credentialing programs.

The white paper, "Personal Identity Verification Interoperability (PIV-I) for Non-Federal Issuers: Trusted Identities for Citizens across States, Counties, Cities and Businesses," was developed by the Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council and Identity Council, with input from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). It is available for download at http://www.smartcardalliance.org/pages/publications-piv-i-for-non-federal-issuers.

"Many of the components of PIV-I policies and processes, such as strong identity vetting procedures, public key infrastructure (PKI), and smart cards, are already being used by numerous states and jurisdictions. It isn't a big leap for these organizations to embrace the PIV-I framework," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. "Moving from issuing multiple credentials for a variety of state programs to issuing a single, multipurpose, trusted PIV-I credential can greatly improve efficiency and enhance citizen privacy for state and local governments."

To provide states, local jurisdictions, and commercial organizations with applicable standards and guidance for PIV-I, the federal government has published two papers -- "Personal Identity Verification Interoperability (PIV-I) for Non-Federal Issuers" (issued by the Federal CIO Council in May 2009) and "PIV-I Frequently Asked Questions." The Smart Card Alliance white paper takes a specific look at how state and local governments can leverage the PIV-I framework, providing a concise overview of:

  • The policies, processes, and technologies available to achieve interoperability
  • The value of a single multi-purpose credential, including cost, security, and privacy benefits
  • Examples of state programs that are suitable candidates for considering a move to an interoperable identity credential
  • Future considerations for technology migration

"NASCIO sees this white paper as very helpful to our Digital ID Work Group, our state CIOs and state members as they develop strategies for their identity credentialing efforts," said Chad Grant, NASCIO Policy Analyst. "We agree with the Smart Card Alliance that education will be essential as state and local governments move ahead with these efforts, and look forward to helping develop and deliver further resources about PIV-I."

NASCIO and the Smart Card Alliance will be hosting a web seminar in mid-March to present topics from the white paper and engage in active discussion of how the PIV-I framework can be used by states for their identity credentialing initiatives.

Smart Card Alliance Council participants involved in the development of this white paper included: Accenture LLP; AMAG Technology; CardLogix; CertiPath; Datacard Group; Datawatch; Diebold Security; Gemalto; Hewlett-Packard; HID Global; Hirsch Electronics; IDenticard; Identification Technology Partners: IDmachines; Intellisoft, Inc.; L-1 Identity Solutions; NagraID Security; NASA; Northrop Grumman Corporation; Organization Change Future Workplace, LLC (OCFW); Probaris, Inc.; Roehr Consulting; SCM Microsystems; Software House / Tyco; Technica; U.S. Dept. of Defense/Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC); U.S. Dept. of State; XTec, Inc.

About the Physical Access Council
The Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council is focused on accelerating widespread acceptance, use, and application of smart card technology for physical access control. The Council brings together leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors in an open forum and works on activities that are important to the physical access industry and 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 system vendors; and integration service providers.

About the Identity Council
The Smart Card Alliance Identity Council is focused on promoting the need for technologies and usage solutions regarding human identity information to address the challenges of securing identity information and reducing identity fraud and to help organizations realize the benefits that secure identity information delivers. The Council engages a broad set of participants and takes an industry perspective, bringing careful thought, joint planning, and multiple organization resources to bear on addressing the challenges of securing identity information for proper use.

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 http://www.smartcardalliance.org.

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