Probaris Wins FIPS 201 Credentialing Contract with Patent and Trademark Office for HSPD-12 Compliance

Probaris Wins FIPS 201 Credentialing Contract with Patent and Trademark Office for HSPD-12 Compliance

Probaris End-to-End Solution and Contract Win Build on Federal Government Success Story

Philadelphia, PA, Wednesday, June 04, 2008–The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a federal agency under the Department of Commerce, has awarded a contract to Probaris in support of the agency’s efforts to comply with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12). Probaris is a leader in the identity management software and solutions market. HSPD-12 is a presidential directive, published in August 2004, mandating a common identification standard for all federal government employees and contractors.

Probaris will install Probaris ID, the complete end-to-end secure identity solution, to produce smart identity credentials for USPTO personnel. The USPTO will use of the credentials for physical and logical access control within their enterprise architecture. As all federal agencies move towards compliance with the FIPS-201 standard, USPTO credentials will have the ability to interoperate with other federal agencies’ access systems. Probaris ID produces personal identity verification (PIV) credentials in compliance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Federal Information Processing 201 (FIPS-201) requirements of HSPD-12. Probaris ID includes NIST and GSA certified components delivered as a turnkey identity solution for enrollment and card issuance. Probaris ID incorporates best-in-class technology from leaders in the identity management industry, including: ActivIdentity, Aware, and Crossmatch. Under the terms of the contract, Probaris will deliver:

  • Identity proofing and vetting, and document authentication software to prevent fraud and duplicate registrations;
  • Secure workflow software to provide role separation and a chain of trust during the credential lifecycle;
  • Software to provide multi-biometric identification enrollment and management of facial images, live scan fingerprints, and fingerprint minutia;
  • Card management system software and integration components for interfaces to public key infrastructure to manage the credentials; and,
  • Professional services to analyze business rules and integration of logical and physical security system components.

Jim Bensman, CEO of Probaris, Inc., said, “This award represents the continued acceptance of our core product line and builds on the work we have done with the Social Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Interior and the General Services Administration in the area of identity management. We look forward to continued success with providing flexible identity management solutions to meet the needs of our government and commercial clients.”

About Probaris

Probaris ( develops and markets the Probaris ID™ Product Suite, an end-to- end solution for issuance and verification of employee identities. The solution is used to gather employee biometrics and other identity data for the life cycle management of secure credentials. Probaris ID is currently being used by federal agencies to comply with the HSPD-12 mandate of 2004. It is built on Probaris SP, the industry-leading secure business process management platform. Probaris ID bundles multiple pre-integrated GSA-approved products to provide all elements of the credential solution.


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