Vote on NIST smart-card standards is set for next week

Vote on NIST smart-card standards is set for next week

The government's interagency smart-card group next week will vote on whether to adopt newly released interoperability standards for smart-card hardware and software.

The Government Smart Card Interoperability Committee'with representatives from the Defense Department, General Services Administration and National Institute of Standards and Technology'is expected to approve the GSC Interoperability Specification Version 2.0. NIST last week released its latest draft of the interoperability framework. It is posted online at smartcard.nist.gov/GSCISV2-0.pdf.

The standards would require that products used for government smart-card programs meet the GSC-IS Version 2.0 specification.

'I strongly believe that interoperability is the issue that will make or break the smart-card market in the U.S.,' said James Dray, NIST's principal scientist for the GSC program.

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