Government Leaders Convene to Address Rapidly Expanding Identity and Security Initiatives at Smart Card Alliance Government Conference

Government Leaders Convene to Address Rapidly Expanding Identity and Security Initiatives at Smart Card Alliance Government Conference

Princeton Junction, N.J., September 8, 2009 – With millions of smart cards issued, and tens of millions more planned, government identity and security initiatives continue to expand rapidly. This expansion, and the growing interest in the technologies that have brought these initiatives success, will be the focus when government leaders gather next month in Washington, DC for the Smart Card Alliance 8th Annual Smart Cards in Government Conference.

The event will be held October 27th to October 30th at the Washington DC Convention Center. With almost 800 registrants and 50 exhibitors and sponsors, the conference is the largest annual event for the government identity and security sector.

Government and industry leaders will provide the latest information and updates on international, national, and state-led secure identification and access programs. Topics include: the federal government Personal Identity Verification (PIV) ID program; federal cybersecurity strategy; airport and seaport security projects; identity standardization efforts lead by NIST, ANSI, and ISO; identity management policy initiatives under the Federal Identity, Credentialing, and Access Management (F/ICAM); FEMA’s emergency response official (ERO) credentialing efforts; and OMB guidance for PIV interoperability and usage within the federal enterprise.

The conference is organized in an interactive, instructive format that covers business issues, implementation best practices, and technology advancements happening in the government smart card market. The event includes multiple tracks on technology, implementation and policy, allowing attendees to create their own agenda.

“Our government conference puts the emphasis on the government program operators and federal technology and policy leaders who are actually running programs, setting policy, or defining standards and policies. They will give first-hand accounts of their strategies and experiences,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “The success of these initiatives has fueled a lot of interest in the use of smart card and biometrics technologies in new areas, from the District of Columbia’s city card, to the State of Virginia’s first responder card, to cross-credentialing of commercial entities to the federal PKI bridge. We are expanding the conference this year to look at how these technologies can be used to address complex national identity management issues, like privacy and security for the modernization of healthcare IT.”

A completely new program track focus on healthcare has been added to the agenda, in which industry leaders will look at healthcare policy, healthcare IT standards, technology directions and issues. The topic is timely because healthcare IT is getting nearly a $19 billion boost from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

“We expect healthcare identity management, authentication and access control to be hot topics within Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services given this new government investment,” added Vanderhoof.

Also new this year: a spotlight on biometrics. With the growing demand for biometric-enabled security systems in government, the Alliance is partnering with the International Biometric Industry Association (IBIA) to highlight biometrics trends at the conference. A “Biometrics Zone” showcase has been added to the product exhibition, and many topics on the program agenda focus on the crucial role of biometrics in government identity programs.

The IBIA will be one of the hosts for an active pre-conference workshop day held on Tuesday, October 27th. The IBIA will hold a workshop exploring “Biometric Technology, Applications and Implementation Considerations.” Other pre-conference workshops are: “Smart Cards and Next Generation PACS,” presented by the Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council; and “GlobalPlatform Card Specifications Technical Training,” presented by GlobalPlatform. All three workshops are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and include lunch. The Federal Interagency Advisory Board (IAB) will hold their regular monthly meeting from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the premises that day. No registration is required to attend this open IAB meeting.

As part of its new Leadership, Education and Advancement Program (LEAP) program aimed at individual professional development and training, the Smart Card Alliance will offer its first Certified Smart Card Industry Professional (CSCIP) Certification exam at the conference on Friday, October 30th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Alliance is also offering a full-day CSCIP Exam Preparation Course on Tuesday, October 27th. Information on CSCIP requirements, training modules, exam registration and fees can be found on the Smart Card Alliance Web site.

The conference is open to all individuals and organizations that wish to learn about the role of smart cards in government. Smart Card Alliance member organizations and government employees receive complimentary or discounted pricing for single day or full conference registrations. Early registration discounts are available through September 29th. Conference sponsors include Gemalto, L-1 Identity Solutions, EDS, Teslin® Substrates by PPG Industries, NXP, Northrop Grumman, Oberthur Technologies, Deloitte, MorphoTrak, and VeriSign.

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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