Honeywell Integrates with Novell, ImageWare, ActivIdentity for FIPS 201

Oct. 19, 2006
Companies integrate components for end-to-end access control system

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 17, 2006 - Honeywell today announced that it is working with Novell, ImageWare Systems, Inc., and ActivIdentity to offer an integrated physical and logical control system for complying with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), which mandates the implementation of a common personal identification card to be used for accessing federally controlled facilities by both government employees and contractors.

Together, the companies provide all components of the Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 201 (FIPS 201), such as an Identity Management System (IDMS), a Card Management System (CMS), Logical and Physical Access Control Systems (LACS/PACS), and PIV cards. Other components to the FIPS 201 solution are contactless readers, physical access control panels, contact chip readers, and card printers/encoders. The largest components of the solution are those that comprise the IT infrastructure to manage processes, provide work flows, PKI certificates, and share data across systems.

"Working together allows us to take physical security to the next level with complete enterprise management of data and credentials," said Beth Thomas, senior product manager, Credentials and Readers, Honeywell. "In addition to our government customers, many of our commercial customers will also benefit from the best practices of our FIPS 201 solution."

"Organizations increasingly need to integrate physical access with logical access, and create a tighter connection between identities and credentials to enable the seamless convergence of IT and physical security systems," said Loren Russon, director of product management for Identity and Security Management Solutions, Novell. "This joint offering integrates and simplifies the deployment and management of key systems the industry is already using today."

"As the deadline approaches for federal government agencies to begin issuing PIV cards, agencies can rely on this collective offering to ensure timely government-wide interoperability compliance among various systems for flexibility, scalability, and functionality," said Jim Miller, ImageWare's chairman and CEO. "We are pleased to offer our expertise in biometric identity management."

"In working with innovative government agencies in deploying identity and security solutions including the DoD, VA, and DoI, ActivIdentity has created valuable practices that agencies implementing PIV projects can follow," said Robert Brandewie, ActivIdentity senior vice president, Public Sector Systems. "Experience shows that issuing the card is just the beginning. Forward-thinking agency CIOs need to ensure that they invest in an identity assurance infrastructure that will support all of the identity applications they are planning in the future."

Honeywell, Novell, ImageWare Systems, and ActivIdentity demonstrated their respective pieces of the comprehensive end-to-end solution at the ASIS International 2006 Show in September.

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