Viisage announced Friday that it has received a $10 million order to support the production of secure, smart credentials as part of the U.S. DoD’s “Common Access Card” smart card program. As previously reported, Viisage will provide a solution to the DoD’s DMDC through Telos, the DMDC’s support contractor. The solution, which is expected to include 1,700 Toppan CP400 printers as the fixed-site desktop printers, as well as consumables and services, will be used for the production of secure identification cards throughout the RAPIDS. Viisage delivers advanced technology identity solutions for governments, law enforcement agencies and businesses concerned with enhancing security, reducing identity theft, providing access control, and protecting personal privacy.
NBS Card Technology has been awarded the centralized printer contract for the Department of Defense’s “Common Access Card” program. Following an extensive evaluation process, the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) selected the NBS Horizon Printer for use in its CAC central issuance facility. Common Access Cards are used by over 4 million people in the Department of Defense, including active-duty personnel, reservists, department civilians, and contractors. The high-speed, high-volume, in-line Horizon Card Issuance System was chosen to produce the CACs precisely because of the system’s ability to meet the DMDC’s exacting requirements for speed, volume, and especially security. NBS Card Technology Corp. has been a global leader in the manufacturing and marketing of card personalization equipment and software solutions since 1975.
ActivCard the leading provider of smart card and digital identity provisioning products and technology announced that its ActivCard Gold version 2.0, the second generation of its standards-based smart card software, has been selected for deployment by the Department of the Navy and the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.
ActivCard was the first vendor to deliver smart card software compliant with the GSA Smart Access Common Identification Interoperability specification. Now, working with the GSA and its prime contractors, including Electronic Data Systems (EDS), ActivCard’s solution has been selected for deployment. ActivCard Gold v2.0 is tightly integrated with the ActivCard smart card and digital identity provisioning and issuance solution deployed by the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC). This system is being used to issue Common Access Cards (CACs) to over 4 million Department of Defense (DoD) uniformed services personnel, civilian employees, and eligible contractors.
“Our partnership with ActivCard began at the DMDC in 1999 and has evolved to include projects both within the DoD and in other large scale deployments of smart cards outside of the DoD,” said Joe Rozmeski of EDS. “Interoperability and ActivCard’s support of the GSA standards have been key in our successful partnership.”
The DOD has employed ActivCard as one of its vendors for two distinct, but interoperable solutions for the CAC program — the smart card issuance software and the smart card usage software. The first, announced on October 10, 2000, delivered the smart card and digital identity provisioning and issuance system currently being used by the DMDC to issue CACs throughout the DoD. The second, announced today, is for the end user workstation software required by individual DoD components, such as the Navy, to use the card for increased security through digital identity, network login, digital signature, and employee information management. While the two solutions are independent, especially from an acquisition and deployment perspective, they interoperate seamlessly in compliance with CAC interoperability specifications.
“ActivCard has become the vendor of choice among leading public- and private-sector organizations, as evidenced by a series of wins and implementations,” said Senior Vice President Tom Arthur. Recent developments include ActivCard’s role in the DoD CAC program, the DMDC’s selection of ActivCard smart card and digital identity provisioning technology, and ActivCard’s selection by the leaders in network computing including Hewlett Packard and Sun Microsystems for their own internal smart card deployments. And not only is ActivCard Gold v2.0 being selected for initial deployments within the Navy and the DMDC, it continues to be evaluated by several other DoD organizations.
ActivCard, a leader in digital identity and electronic certification technology, delivers core components required to enable next generation e-Business communications and transactions. ActivCard solutions, in conjunction with the applications support for public key-based data confidentiality, and integrity, allow individuals and businesses to perform secure online transactions over the Internet with the ease-of-use of an ATM transaction. Today, more than 2 million people use ActivCard products for secure Internet banking, Web access and remote access to corporate networks. ActivCard has headquarters in Fremont, California, and Suresnes, France with worldwide operations in Australia, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
The U.S. Defense Manpower Data Center confirmed Tuesday it is set to roll-out 4.3 million ‘Common Access Cards’ using ActivCard’s digital identity infrastructure technology. ActivCard is being deployed worldwide by the DMDC to support the issuance and personalization of 4.3 million smart card-based GSA/CAC standard compliant DoD ID badges. To accomplish this, the DMDC has embedded ActivCard digital identity infrastructure software into 1,300 existing ‘Real-Time Automated Personnel Identification System’ workstations, which are installed in approximately 900 locations around the world, including the Pentagon, military bases, aircraft carriers, and other sites. The ActivCard software provides simultaneous and secure connections to two independently managed systems from which user applications and data are acquired. The first system is the DMDC’s ‘Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System’, containing information on over 23 million people. The second system is the Defense Information Systems Agency’s ‘PKI Certificate Management System’. The end result is a system that is deployed worldwide to issue CAC ID badges to all DoD employees and contractors. The new badges will support a wide range of functionality from building access to financial services to digital identity for access to government services and information containing personnel information and processing credentials that enable digital signature, encryption, and strong user authentication.