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By Rich Handley

HID Global Helps U.S. Government Agencies Increase Visitor Security With New Temporary-Access Card

HID Global, a provider of trusted-identity solutions, has announced a new standards-based identity- and access-management (IAM) solution that enables government agencies to more easily comply with the mandate to improve physical access and digital identity security. The solution includes HID's new Crescendo Temporary Access Card, which gives visitors a more secure credential to enter government buildings.

HID developed this temporary access card to provide a visitor credential with the same level of security as the standard government-issued PIV and PIV-I cards used by all U.S. government employees. The Crescendo Temporary Access Card creates a PIV-like access experience for those who, unlike a full-time government employee, only require temporary access.

Because visitors to U.S. government agency buildings are ineligible to receive a government-issued PIV card for access, government agencies have been using traditional physical-access technology for visitor IDs. This creates a higher risk of intruders trying to gain entry using cloned badges.

A call within the U.S. federal government to start moving away from traditional visitor management, based on proximity-based technology cards, has intensified with rising concerns about potential vulnerabilities to government buildings, HID reports. This follows the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandate through OMB M11-11 for U.S. federal government agencies to move to PIV cards for access to facilities.

"The U.S. government has recognized the need to make sure that visitors to government agency buildings are using the most secure credentials available and can be trusted," said Brad Jarvis, HID Global's VP and managing director of identity- and access-management solutions, in a prepared statement. "No other access card technology on the market today can do what our new HID Crescendo Temporary Access Card can do with a digital identity certificate for a PIV-like experience to increase security of visitor access."

The card is based on public key infrastructure (PKI) technology, which means a digital certificate is embedded on each visitor ID access card, providing an extra layer of trust that the card holder is authorized to access a building. According to HID, most government agencies have limited resources to deploy a full PKI and credential-management system on their own. The company's IAM solution provides a "PIV-like PKI-at-the-door experience" to address potential vulnerabilities, it explains.

The Crescendo Temporary Access Card uses HID's credential-management capabilities, intended for government agencies that lack their own credential-management system. The solution can be deployed with FIPS 201-compliant physical-access systems at government buildings, the company indicates, and does not require the installation of complex software.

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