Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council Announces New Officers, PIV-I Workshop at November Government Conference

Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council Announces New Officers, PIV-I Workshop at November Government Conference

Princeton Junction, NJ, November 1, 2010–Providing expertise on the use of PIV-I cards with physical access control systems (PACS) beyond the federal government to state and local governments and the private sector will be a top priority for the coming year, the Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council said today, announcing its new officers and steering committee. The Council also announced a workshop on PIV-I credentials at the 9th Annual Smart Cards in Government: Identity, Security & Healthcare Conference in November in Washington DC.

“Non-federal government and commercial organizations are now looking at how to leverage the smart card-enabled federal government FIPS 201 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credential standard to implement trusted, interoperable identification credentials. As a result, we’re making education on PIV interoperable credentials a focus, helping organizations understand how they can be used with existing or new PACS systems,” said Physical Access Council Chair Lars Suneborn, Hirsch Electronics. “Our first step to this end is the PIV-I workshop next month, and an accompanying white paper coming out soon.”

The workshop, “PIV-I Credentialing Workshop: Strategies for the Implementation of PIV-I Secure Identity Credentials” will be held on Tuesday, November 16th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and includes lunch. This full-day, interactive Smart Card Alliance educational workshop will explain the requirements of PIV interoperable identity credentials and examine real life business applications and usage models for implementing trusted identity credentials that comply with the technology, credential issuance policy, and security infrastructure for secure access applications.

“The Physical Access Council has become the go-to resource for guidance on challenging access control issues,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “The Council also provides direct input to government organizations on how new technologies and policies impact current and next generation physical access control systems.”

Physical Access Council white papers published this year, “FICAM in Brief: A Smart Card Alliance Summary of the Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) Roadmap and Implementation Guidance” and “Authentication Mechanisms for Physical Access Control Systems” are available on the Smart Card Alliance Web site.

The Physical Access Council elected new officers and steering committee representatives in October. The Council is made up of more than 140 individuals from over 55 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: David Nichols, HID Global
  • Secretary: Salvatore D’Agostino, IDmachines

The newly elected 2010/2012 Steering Committee is:

  • Salvatore D’Agostino, IDmachines
  • Tony Ferguson, Bioscrypt / L-1 Enterprise Access Division
  • Bob Gilson, Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC)
  • Walter Hamilton, Identification Technology Partners
  • Kevin Kozlowski, XTec, Inc.
  • Lolie Kull, HP
  • Bob Merkert, SCM Microsystems
  • David Nichols, HID Global
  • Steve Rogers, Intellisoft, Inc.
  • Adam Shane, AMAG Technology
  • Mike Sulak, Department of State
  • Lars Suneborn, Hirsch Electronics

With more than 800 registrants and 50 exhibitors and sponsors expected, The 9th Annual Smart Cards in Government: Identity, Security & Healthcare Conference is the largest annual event for the government identity and security sector. This year’s conference will be held November 16th through the 19th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Details on the agenda, pricing, sponsors and exhibitors, and registration can be found on the Smart Card Alliance Web site.

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.

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

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