Smart Card Alliance White Paper on First Responder Credentials to be Presented on EM Forum Webcast

Smart Card Alliance White Paper on First Responder Credentials to be Presented on EM Forum Webcast

Sal D’Agostino of IDmachines Will Present White Paper that Calls Out FIPS 201 Standard as Means of Interoperability and High Assurance Identification for Emergency Response Official Credentials will host a one hour presentation and interactive discussion January 14, 2009, beginning at 12:00 Noon Eastern time). The topic will be a recent white paper published by the Smart Card Alliance titled, Emergency Response Official Credentials: An Approach to Attain Trust in Credentials across Multiple Jurisdictions for Disaster Response and Recovery. The white paper presents an Emergency Response Official credential model that is based on Federal Information Processing Standard 201 (FIPS 201), that encompasses both responder identification and qualification.

Salvatore D’Agostino, Secretary of the Smart Card Alliance (SCA) Identity Council Steering Committee, and principal author of the white paper will present the white paper and lead a discussion on the topic. Sal is the CEO of IDmachines of Cambridge, MA and helped provide DHS and FEMA with the initial responder authentication credential (FRAC) system, as well as subsequent deployments and use of the FIPS 201 based FRAC.

Salvatore D’Agostino points out that “The credentialing of first responders has made tremendous progress in the last several years. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has now stood up an infrastructure to that can answer “who are you” and “what are you allowed to do” with high assurance and high availability, It is important to know that leveraging the FIPS 201 standard played an important part in being able to meet these goals. The Smart Card Alliance and EMForum have combined to bring to the emergency management community an understanding of what has been done and where this effort is going.”

The presentation will also ask for stakeholder feedback on the “NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel”. This document is currently out for comment and the webcast provides an opportunity to get important feedback on the topic.

About IDmachines LLC

IDmachines helps customers to accelerate the use of credentials and identity infrastructure. With a specialization in converged security, IDmachines provides immediate solutions on how to register, enroll, issue and use most types of contact, contactless and other tokens and in particular Federal Information Processing Standard 201 (FIPS 201) compatible and interoperable multi-use credentials. IDmachines makes real converged logical and physical access control and other enterprise uses of 21st century ID.

For additional information

Salvatore D’Agostino
IDmachines LLC
4 Lamson Place
Cambridge, MA 02139
+1 617.201.4809