100 Air Force sites take part in smart-card pilot

Smart cards will control entry at more than 100 Air Force bases worldwide and access to 50,000 computers under a project the service began last month.

Electronic Data Systems Corp. will supply middleware and smart-card readers through the Defense Department's Common Access Card program. The Air Force could extend the order to support more users, EDS officials said.

By the end of next year, DOD intends to have 4 million users of smart cards throughout the department, including family members of enlisted men and women.

Each card will carry a photograph and be encoded with a digital certificate and encryption keys for use with Defense's public-key infrastructure.

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