U.S. Department of Interior Selects Philips Advanced Contactless Smart Card Chip Technology

Tuesday 7 December 2004 11:21 CET | News

NASA is Implementing Philips MIFARE DESFire Technology for Increased Security Access

The U.S. Department of Interior (DoI) will begin full-scale deployment in December of a physical access system using Philips MIFARE(R) DESFire contactless chip technology complying with Government Smart Card-Interoperability Specification (GSC-IS). The DoI will be issuing the GSC-IS V2.1-compliant smart cards to its employees, thus heightening secure access to its facilities across the nation. Philips is currently the first company to offer a contactless chip solution that meets the U.S. governments GSC-IS mandate, which NASA is also using to ensure enhanced secure access to its facilities. Last year, approximately 3,000 MIFARE DESFire-based cards were implemented within the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which manages all U.S. DoI facilities and properties. By the end of 2004, the entire U.S. DoI will have issued about 20,000 to 30,000 GSC-IS-compliant contactless smart cards based on Philips secure contactless chip solution for physical access. By late 2005, the DoI expects to issue 70,000 units for all its employees, encompassing up to 20 different locations and including first responders such as affiliated firefighters, police and emergency personnel. Donelson is one of the key proponents driving the U.S. government toward using smart card solutions standardized on GSC-IS to ensure a secure and interoperable method of access control and identification. By requiring the storage and contactless retrieval of basic employee information per the GSC-IS guidelines, a U.S. DoI employee could also gain access to other departments facilities with this smart card. Donelson, also the chairman of the Interoperability Advisory Board, is working with other agencies, including NASA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Veterans Administration through the U.S. General Services Administration, to procure larger volumes of cards meeting GSC-IS V2.2. Total volumes of compliant cards ordered on this consolidated purchase are expected to exceed 20 million units over the next few years. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has also selected Philips advanced GSC-IS compliant MIFARE DESFire contactless chip technology to enable secure smart card access to its facilities. Compliant with the United States governments Government Smart Card -- Interoperability Specification, the Philips chip technology is currently being incorporated into smart cards deployed to agency employees and contractors for immediate identity authentication.

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