Interoperability is an access problem
- By William Jackson
- Jul 27, 2006
Any access-control system probably will have to work with a wide variety of applications, some of them off-the-shelf, some homegrown, some up-to-date and some legacies. This will require a lot of integration and in all likelihood some modification of whatever software you buy to manage access.
These issues put a premium on interoperability and customer support from vendors. Agencies are looking to industry for guidance in implementing systems that will leverage new HSPD-12 PIV cards.
The industry is responding to these demands with the HSPD-12 Interoperability Consortium. The consortium held its first meeting in June with an initial roster of nine vendors offering PKI, physical access, ID management and auditing solutions.
The group's goals are to develop and test an end-to-end interoperable system and establish an interoperability testing lab. The lab will be hosted by SafeNet to test preconfigured, end-to-end multivendor turnkey solutions.
Founding members, and their specialties, are:SafeNetwww.safenet-inc.com
Smart cards, authentication and encryption systemsConsul Risk Management Inc.www.consul.com
Security audit and complianceCoreStreet Ltd.www.corestreet.com
Integration and identity management softwareEntrust Inc.www.entrust.com
Certificate authority, shared-services provider and encryption toolsForum Systems Inc.www.forumsys.com
Secured systems architecturePrecise Biometrics Inc.www.precisebiometrics.com
Biometric toolsProbaris Technologies Inc.www.probaris.com
Secured business process solutionsIntercede Group PLCwww.intercede.com
Smart card managementOmnikey GmbH>www.omnikey.com
William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.