Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council Announces New Officers, New Workshop at October Government Conference

Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council Announces New Officers, New Workshop at October Government Conference

Princeton Junction, N.J., September 15, 2009 – Education on next generation physical access control systems will be the focus for the upcoming year, the Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council said today, announcing its new officers and steering committee. The Council also announced past year accomplishments, and a new workshop in October at the Smart Card Alliance 8th Annual Smart Cards in Government Conference in Washington DC.

“Many government agencies are in critical stages of their implementation of new physical access control systems to meet the government mandate,” said new Physical Access Council Chair Lars Suneborn, Hirsch Electronics. “Our goal for the upcoming year is to provide educational resources that will move them over their implementation hurdles and towards success. To this end, we are planning the workshop next month and a new white paper focused on authentication mechanisms.”

The workshop, “Smart Cards and Next Generation Physical Access Control Systems (PACS),” will be held pre-conference, on Tuesday, October 27th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and includes lunch. The Council will present an overview of the technologies and requirements that are driving next generation PACS designs, based on FIPS 201-2 and NIST SP 800-116 Guidelines. The workshop will look at the impact that cryptography, federal interoperability requirements, risk-based multi-factor authentication, and PACS integration with asset tracking and logical access systems will have on next generation PACS implementation.

“The Council is made up of the individuals who are really in the trenches of physical access control–the solution providers, the integrators, the end users–making it a reliable source of educational information and first-hand experiences,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “The Council used its experience to be a strong educational presence this past year by participating in industry events like ISC West and ASIS, providing comments on government specifications, and making important recommendations on technology and credentialing for the air transport industry and emergency response officials.”

The Physical Access Council elected new officers and steering committee representatives in August. The Council is made up of more than 150 individuals from 68 organizations spanning government agencies, smart card and software manufacturers, reader manufacturers, physical access control system manufacturers, systems integrators and biometrics solutions providers. New officers are:

  • Chair: Lars Suneborn, Hirsch Electronics
  • Vice Chair: Bob Merkert, SCM Microsystems
  • Secretary: Sal D’Agostino, IDmachines

The 2009/2010 Steering Committee is:

  • Tony Damalas, Diebold
  • Bob Gilson, U.S. Department of Defense/Defense Manpower Data Center
  • Walter Hamilton, Identification Technology Partners
  • Patrick Hearn, Oberthur Technologies
  • Kevin Kozlowski, XTec, Inc.
  • Roger Roehr, Consultant
  • Bob Samuel, MorphoTrak, Inc.
  • Adam Shane, AMAG Technology, Inc.
  • Mike Sulak, U.S. Department of State

The Smart Card Alliance 8th Annual Smart Cards in Government Conference 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. To register, please visit the Smart Card Alliance Web site. Early registration discounts are available through September 29th.

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About the Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council

The Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council is focused on accelerating the widespread acceptance, usage, and application of smart card technology for physical 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 physical access industry and that will help speed smart card adoption in this important market. Physical Access Council projects have focused on the impact that FIPS 201 will have on U.S. government physical access requirements and on the integration of physical and logical access control.

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