GSA crafting RFP for physical building access analysis

The General Services Administration is seeking industry input to help in the selection of a vendor to study the technical impact of implementing Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 on legacy building access control systems on the West Coast.

In a recent notice, GSA sought help in crafting a solicitation for an analysis of how the agency's more than 900 buildings and locations in Region 9' consisting of California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Trust territories'will incorporate new smart-card requirements under HSPD-12 with existing physical control systems.

The analysis will include making recommendations and strategies for replacing, updating or supplementing existing systems and implementing new systems that are fully interoperable with the Federal Information Processing Standard 201 environment.

The study must take into account the following considerations: system wiring, protocols, communication encryption, controllers, configuration and security, connection and alarm interface with other buildings, and among others, environmental matters.

GSA issued the notice shortly after the Physical Access Interagency Interoperability Working Group issued a draft report detailing a standardized approach to deploying and procuring physical access control systems.

The draft report specifies that federal smart cards, such as a Personal Identity Verification card, will have a standardized token identification scheme called a Card Holder Unique Identifier that will provide the basis for interoperable identification of individuals, and extend capabilities over magnetic-stripe technology for physical access control system applications.

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