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Access Control Council
Organizations worldwide are implementing new access control systems to improve security and more accurately verify the identity of individuals seeking access to physical facilities, networks, devices and information systems. The Secure Technology Alliance Access Control Council is focused on accelerating the widespread acceptance, use, and application of smart card technology for physical and logical access control. The group brings together, in an open forum, leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors and works on activities that are important to the access control community and that will help expand smart card technology adoption in this important market.
The Council works on projects to stimulate the use of smart card technology for access control. Activities include:
- Developing white papers and briefings on best practices for using smart card technology for access to facilities, networks, devices and information systems
- Providing industry resources to assist the Federal, international, state and local governments, and enterprises in leveraging FIPS 201 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards and PIV interoperable policy and credentials for access control
- Providing industry resources to assist organizations in using standards-based smart cards for access control
- Participating in the development of standards and specifications for using smart cards in physical and logical access control systems
- Collaborating with other industry organizations to influence standards and develop best practices
- Smart Cards and Biometrics, Access Control Council Council white paper, March 2011
Commercial Access Control
- Guide Specification for Architects and Engineers for Smart Card-based PACS Cards and Readers for Non-government PACS, Access Control Council resource, April 2015
Commercial Identity Verification
- A Comparison of PIV, PIV-I and CIV Credentials, Access Control Council brief, February 2012
- The Commercial Identity Verification (CIV) Credential–Leveraging FIPS 201 and the PIV Specifications, Access Control Council white paper, October 2011
- FICAM in Brief: A Smart Card Alliance Summary of the Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) Roadmap and Implementation Guidance, Smart Card Alliance Identity Council and Access Control Council summary, May 2010
- Smart Card Alliance Commentary: OMB Circular A-130 – Managing Information as a Strategic Resource (link to new page), Access Control Council industry comments, September 2016
- Smart Card Alliance Comments: TWIC Reader Requirements, Access Control Council industry response, June 2013
- Strong Authentication Using Smart Card Technology for Logical Access, Access Control Council white paper, November 2012
Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credentials and FIPS 201
- FIPS 201 and Physical Access Control: An Overview of the Impact of FIPS 201 on Federal Physical Access Control Systems, Smart Card Alliance Access Control Council white paper, October 2005
- FIPS 201 PIV II Card Use with Physical Access Control Systems: Recommendations to Optimize Transaction Time and User Experience, May 2007
- Government Identity/Credentialing Resources, references and resources for organizations implementing identity credentialing programs
- Personal Identity Verification Interoperability (PIV-I) for Non-Federal Issuers: Trusted Identities for Citizens across States, Counties, Cities and Businesses, Access Control Council and Identity Council white paper, February 2011
- PIV Card/Reader Challenges with Physical Access Control Systems: A Field Troubleshooting Guide, Access Control Council and Identity Council white paper, October 2012
- PIV-I for Non-Federal Issuers Webinar, NASCIO and Smart Card Alliance webinar, March 17, 2011
- Supporting the PIV Application in Mobile Devices with the UICC, Smart Card Alliance white paper, June 2013
- Using FIPS 201 and the PIV Card for the Corporate Enterprise, October 2008
See other Secure Technology Alliance publications on smart card-based access control applications
The Access Control Council is managed by a combined government/industry steering committee.
Steering committee officers are:
- Chair: Adam Shane, Leidos
- Vice Chair: Dave Helbock, XTec, Inc.
Current steering committee members are:
- Sal D’Agostino, IDmachines
- Tony Damalas, SigNet Technologies
- Dave Helbock, XTec, Inc.
- Daryl Hendricks, GSA
- Martin Janiak, Veridt
- Ryan Kaltenbaugh, Lenel
- Mike Kelley, Parsons
- Stafford Mahfouz, Tyco Software House
- Steve Rogers, IQ Devices
- Adam Shane, LEIDOS
- Mark Steffler, Quantum Secure
- Bill Windsor, DHS
- Mike Zercher, NXP Semiconductors
The Access Control Council includes participants from across the smart card and access control system industry, including end users; smart card chip, card, software and reader vendors; physical and logical access control systems vendors; and integration service providers. Access Control Council participation is open to any Secure Technology Alliance member who wishes to contribute to the Council projects.
The Secure Technology Alliance recognizes the top three individual contributors in each of the industry councils and the council “honor roll” – the individuals who were leading contributors and participants in the council projects and activities.
Secure Technology Alliance members who are currently active in the Access Control Council include:
- AMAG Technology
- CertiPath LLC
- Cubic Transportation Systems
- Datawatch Systems
- Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC)
- Entrust Datacard
- Gallagher North America, Inc.
- General Services Administration
- Giesecke & Devrient
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- HID Global
- Identification Technology Partners
- Initiative for Open Authentication (OATH)
- IQ Devices
- Lenel Systems International
- NXP Semiconductors
- Oberthur Technologies
- Quantum Secure
- Safran Group
- SAIC – Science Applications International Corporation
- SecureKey Technologies
- SigNet Technologies, Inc.
- Stanley Security Solutions
- SureID Inc.
- Tyco Software House
- Ultra Electronics Card Systems
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Department of Transportation/Volpe Center
- Wells Fargo
- XTec, Incorporated
For more information about the Access Control Council or for more information on becoming a member of the Alliance, please contact the Alliance office via email at [email protected] or via telephone at (800) 556-6828.