Government and Industry Leaders Share Experience with Secure Identity Credentialing at 5th Annual Smart Cards in Government Conference

Government and Industry Leaders Share Experience with Secure Identity Credentialing at 5th Annual Smart Cards in Government Conference

Princeton Junction, NJ, March 6, 2006–With the deployment of smart card technology moving from the specifications phase to the implementation phase across the federal government, government and industry leaders will share best practices and experiences at the Smart Card Alliance’s 5th Annual Smart Cards in Government Conference and Exhibition, April 18-20, 2006 at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, VA.

This year’s theme is “Government Smart Cards in Action: The Implementation Phase Begins.” The conference will provide a first-person look at the opportunities and challenges that implementation presents for all stakeholders, including government issuers, accreditation and testing authorities, and vendors.

“Government decision makers and standards bodies have determined they will deploy smart card technology as the basis of trusted credentials. Working with technology providers, they have achieved critical milestones in standards and policy setting for secure identity credentials for government workers and certain programs involving U.S. citizens,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Alliance. “With standards and definitions set, this will be a big deployment year. Projects including the issuance of HSPD-12 identity credentials, the First Responder project, the Registered Traveler program and the new ePassport are set for launch in the coming year.”

In its fifth year, the 3-day conference has become a must-attend event for both government and industry to gather to discuss technology, standards and implementation best practices for government smart card programs. An exhibition hall will feature demonstrations of the latest technology used in government and commercial security and identification systems, including the latest dual interface smart cards, physical access systems, identity management software, card personalization systems, biometrics and logical access security solutions. Over five hundred attendees are expected to attend the conference this year.

The conference program is divided into two separate tracks. The implementation and policy track includes sessions on Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), ePassports, Registered Traveler, DHS First Responder and the REAL ID Act. The technical track features sessions on FIPS 201 compliance, dual interface cards, biometric templates, contactless interfaces, ePassport testing, physical access control system integration, card management, conformance testing and certification, and standards progress.

Speakers include:

  • Jeanette Thornton, senior policy analyst for eAuthentication at the Office of Management and Budget, who will deliver the opening day keynote on Tuesday, April 18th entitled “Overview of eGovernment Trends.”
  • Frank Moss, deputy assistant secretary of state for passport services, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State, who will present “The Future of Electronic Passports and Travelers Documents.”
  • Linda Moore, analyst, telecommunications and technology policy, Congressional Research Service, who will speak about “Legislating Process: Congress and the Smart Card.”
  • Judith Spencer, director at the General Services Administration (GSA) and chair of Federal Identity Credentialing Committee (FICC), who will address, “Defining a Federal PKI Framework.”

The Smart Card Alliance Educational Institute will host a pre-conference educational workshop on FIPS 201 implementation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 17th. This full day workshop is directed at government agency HSPD-12 program leaders and will include a detailed presentation of the technology and applications roadmap for implementing HSPD-12 identity cards. A separate registration fee is required for the workshop, with discounts given to government employees. Also, an open meeting of the Government Smart Card Interagency Advisory Board (IAB) precedes the start of the conference from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Tuesday morning, April 18th. This is a monthly gathering of government and private industry leaders to discuss adoption issues; no fee is required to attend. The session will be moderated by Michael Butler, Department of Defense and IAB chairman.

Conference sponsors and exhibitors include Axalto, platinum sponsor; HID, gold sponsor; and Atmel, ActivIdentity, Giesecke & Devrient and RSA Security, silver sponsors. Other event sponsors include First Data Corporation, Gemplus, Oberthur Card Systems and Sagem Orga. All sponsors play key roles in top U.S. government smart card projects.

The conference is open to all individuals and organizations that wish to learn about the role of smart cards in government. Member organizations and government employees receive complimentary or discounted pricing for single day or full conference registrations. The agenda and online registration can be found on the Alliance website,

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