RSA and Hirsch Electronics Team to Demonstrate Physical and Logical Security Convergence

RSA and Hirsch Electronics Team to Demonstrate Physical and Logical Security Convergence

SMART CARDS IN GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE/Washington D.C., April 10, 2007–RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC), and Hirsch Electronics, a leading provider of physical security management systems, today announced that they will be demonstrating the interoperability of their physical and logical access systems at the Smart Cards in Government Conference–to be held April 10-13 in Washington, DC.

The interoperability of the RSA® Card Manager smart card management solution with Hirsch’s Velocity physical access control system (PACS) and SCM Microsystems Physical Access Control Terminals (PACT) will help enable government agencies to enhance efficiency, increase security and reduce costs by consolidating multiple credentials onto a single device that is designed to enable employees to access both secured areas and electronic resources.

“As federal agencies make the necessary investments-in time and money-for deploying HSPD-12 / FIPS-201 PIV cards and infrastructure, it is vital that these organizations have solutions at their fingertips that can actually facilitate end-to-end access,” said Shannon Kellog, director, Information Security Policy, EMC. “With RSA Card Manager and solutions from Hirsch, a major player in the physical access market with a considerable installed base in the U.S. government, we collectively are providing our customers with a converged security solution that will help them to optimize the benefits of their HSPD-12 investments.”

The demonstration, in Booth 10, will show how organizations can create, issue and manage smart card credentials that may be used for building- and network-access. In a single workflow, RSA Card Manager is engineered to automatically pass the required identity information–both cardholder and credential info–into the Hirsch Velocity physical access server, setting up the user’s physical access permissions while simultaneously issuing a smart card that can be used as photo ID and network access. The Hirsch RUU-201 Verification Station then verifies the card and cardholder prior to turning over the card to the cardholder at issuance to ensure interoperability in the federal space.

Once the credential is issued, its designed use extends well beyond the typical flash-pass functionality for physical access. The card’s contactless physical access interface can be used for multi-factor authentication and access to controlled areas, managed by the Hirsch Velocity PACS system. RSA® Authentication Client (also FIPS-201 certified) smart card middleware is designed to be used for logical authentication and access to machines, networks, domain controllers and applications. It is also engineered to facilitate access to card credentials used for message encryption and digital signing.

The demonstration utilizes card reader terminals from SCM Microsystems to authenticate card holders and provide secure access at each physical point of entry within a system. The terminals are linked together and managed by the Hirsch Velocity physical access server. SCM’s PACT terminals support both the 3.8 million contact interface Common Access Card (CAC) cards that have been distributed to U.S. military personnel and contractors since late 2002, as well as new contactless interface CAC cards planned for distribution in the next few months, bridging the gap from initial CAC cards to transitional CAC to the new PIV II cards currently being deployed. SCM’s PACT terminals also support other cards such as “FRAC” First Responder Authentication Credential, as well as MiFare and DesFire cards for nongovernmental employees.

“Although HSPD-12 and FIPS 201 are a tremendous catalyst for the federal space, we see much greater opportunity for identity management solutions in the state and local, and corporate enterprise sectors,” said John Piccininni, vice president of Sales at Hirsch Electronics. “Now that the federal standards are in place, we see even more rapid acceptance and deployment in the non-federal sectors.”

About RSA Card Manager

Approved by the General Services Administration (GSA) as compliant with Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201, RSA Card Manager is designed to help federal agencies and organizations enroll users; manage the identity validation process; request and consolidate credentials; then print, issue, and manage smart cards throughout their lifecycle in compliance with HSPD-12. As required for GSA approval, RSA Card Manager is engineered to be an interoperable system that supports a broad range of third-party HSPD-12 solution components, including PIV-II cards, biometrics technology, hardware security modules and externally-managed public key infrastructure offered by approved Shared Service Providers. An interoperable solution helps ensure that customers can leverage existing technology investments and benefit from vendor flexibility while supporting efforts to address HSPD-12 requirements.

About Hirsch Velocity Physical Access Control System

Hirsch’s award-winning Velocity Security Management System is management software for access control and security operations. Seamless integration of door control, alarm monitoring, credential enrollment, photo badging, video, dynamic graphics, database management and tutorials yields an easy to use and easy to install system suitable for a single door or an enterprise.

Velocity is one of the first systems to utilize FIPS 201 PIV II smart cards in a physical access control system. Velocity Server software, along with the latest shipping controller firmware and universal reader interface can read the CHUID/FASC-N number on a PIV II card presented to either a contactless or contact reader. Access will be granted to personnel that have been enrolled into the Velocity PACS either locally or through the interoperable interface with the RSA Identity/Card Management System.

Hirsch’s award winning RUU-201 Verification Station can be used to perform up to four factor identity verification including reading the FASC-N on the card, PIN entry on a privacy oriented ScramblePad, a biometric fingerprint check and PKI certificate check. The RUU 201 can be used in four configurations: to enroll a card issued by the RSA IDMS/CMS into the Velocity PACS, to gain access to a door, to verify identity at a spot check station or to confirm that the person enrolled is the one being given the card at issuance.

For more information on Velocity 3.0 and the RUU201, please visit:

About Hirsch Electronics

Hirsch Electronics manufactures high security access control and security management systems for worldwide markets and has done so for more than twenty-five years. Hirsch has earned numerous industry awards for their integration of door-lock control, alarm monitoring, video integration, badging, identity management and interoperability.

Hirsch’s customers include government (federal, state and local), banks, hospitals, universities, corporate headquarters, manufacturing, and other facilities desiring high security that is reliable and easy to use. Hirsch offers a complete line of security products including Velocity™ Security Management System, high-security controllers, video equipment, and privacy sensitive keypads and multipurpose readers including ScramblePad®, ScrambleProx® and ScrambleSmartProx™.

Hirsch Electronics is located at 1900-B Carnegie Avenue, Santa Ana, California, 92705, U.S.A., Phone: 949-250-8888, E-mail:; Website:

About RSA

RSA, The Security Division of EMC, is the premier provider of security solutions for business acceleration, helping the world’s leading organizations succeed by solving their most complex and sensitive security challenges. RSA’s information-centric approach to security guards the integrity and confidentiality of information throughout its lifecycle–no matter where it moves, who accesses it or how it is used.

RSA offers industry-leading solutions in identity assurance & access control, encryption & key management, compliance & security information management and fraud protection. These solutions bring trust to millions of user identities, the transactions that they perform, and the data that is generated. For more information, please visit and

About SCM Microsystems

SCM Microsystems is a leading supplier of solutions that open the Digital World by enabling people to conveniently access digital content and services. The company develops, markets and sells its smart card reader technology for PC, network and physical access to OEM customers in the government, financial, enterprise markets worldwide. Global headquarters are in Ismaning, Germany. For additional information, visit the SCM Microsystems web site at

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