Smart Card Alliance hosts EPACS workshop at ISC West

April 9, 2015
This interactive workshop will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the new physical access control systems (PACS) architectures

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., April 8, 2015 –Executives interested in learning how smart-card based enterprise physical access control systems (EPACS) can be used to secure identity and access control are invited to attend a full-day Smart Card Alliance workshop at ISC West 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The workshop, “Enterprise Physical Access Control Systems (EPACS) Using Smart Card Technology for Government and Commercial Organizations,” will take place on April 14, 2015 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm PT at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. Registration, agenda and other details are available at

 This interactive workshop, presented by the Alliance’s Access Control Council, will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the new physical access control systems (PACS) architectures, the use of high assurance credentials with EPACS, and the impact this move has on PACS implementation. The workshop will have in-depth sessions on EPACS architecture, smart card technology use for authentication, EPACS integration with the enterprise IT infrastructure, standards for EPACS credentials, federal government standards, procurement processes and mandatory training requirements for EPACS, and use of mobile devices for access control. The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion with PACS suppliers and EPACS implementers to provide insights into EPACS implementation best practices and directions.

 “Traditional physical access control systems are evolving to an enterprise architecture with government and commercial organizations increasingly using smart card technology for high assurance identity verification,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “This workshop will provide practical guidance for organizations who seek to understand how these architectures are changing and how to implement standards-based credentials based on smart card technology for high assurance identity verification.”

 Session topics include:

  • Evolution of PACS to EPACS Using Smart Card Technology
  • Smart Card Technology in EPACS
  • EPACS and the IT Infrastructure
  • Standards for EPACS Deployments
  • Mobile Devices and Physical Access Control
  • Government Procurement of EPACS
  • EPACS Project Implementation
  • EPACS Best Practices

 The Smart Card Alliance recently launched a GSA-approved training and certification program for systems integration engineers implementing ICAM standards-based EPACS. The program provides advanced training on how to set-up and test EPACS to align with government-wide specifications. For more information, visit

 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