LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 25, 2006 â€“ Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that its contactless OmniAssureâ„¢ readers have been certified by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) as compliant with the Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 201 (FIPS 201). Honeywell is the first physical access control system (PACS) provider to have readers included on the GSA approved products list for FIPS 201 compliant projects.
FIPS 201 defines the requirements for meeting Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), an initiative that mandates a common, secure credential to provide proof of identity for all U.S. government employees and contractors. Under the mandates of HSPD-12, all federal agencies must begin issuing FIPS 201 compliant PIV II cards by October 27, 2006.
Honeywellâ€™s OmniAssure readers feature a patent-pending flash-on-card design that allows the readerâ€™s flash firmware to be easily updated without removing the units from the wall. The updates additionally support current changing government standards such as Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC) and First Responder Authentication Credentials (FRAC).
â€œWe were very excited to receive notification that our readers are the first on the market to be approved by the GSA,â€ explains Beth Thomas, senior product manager, credentials and readers, Honeywell. â€œThe GSA evaluation process is a stringent one, and this certification assures federal agencies that Honeywellâ€™s OmniAssure readers have been recognized as a successful part of our commitment to provide customers with scalable offerings â€“ everything from physical access control systems to integrated, end-to-end solutions.â€ For more information on OmniAssure readers and Honeywellâ€™s complete HSPD-12/FIPS 201 solution, visit ww.honeywellintegrated.com/gov/fips201/omniassure.
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