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Identiv Selected to Secure Government Sites Across the Country

Identiv’s Hirsch physical access system has recently been chosen to protect an undisclosed U.S. government agency. The agency in question set a goal to achieve compliance with Federal Information Technology (IT) security standards as directed by the Federal Information Security Management Act/National Institute of Standards and Technology (FISMA/NIST) and Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12).

In order to comply with all federal standards and directives, the agency has identified dozens of high priority sites that encompass new installations across nationwide locations using high-security card readers for their over 100,000 users. The enterprise-wide project deploys an architecture that is fully compatible and integrated with the agency’s enterprise architecture.

The new physical access control system (PACS) will utilize the most current Identiv government-approved products, including Identiv’s Hirsch Government Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) Solution, Hirsch Velocity Software, and Hirsch Mx-Series Controllers. The agency has already successfully implemented Identiv’s Hirsch Velocity-based FICAM architecture at one of its largest priority sites. This contract makes the agency one of the first early adopters of a complete, end-to-end FICAM solution.

Identiv’s architectural approach to FICAM and the Federal Information Processing Standard 201 Topology Categories addresses current PACS infrastructure, validation system, and personal identity verification readers. It is General Services Administration Approved Products List certified.

Hirsch Velocity Software’s security management system is an integrated platform that manages access control and security operations across thousands of different facilities, from single highly secure rooms to multi-building, multi-location campuses, with the most stringent security compliance. Users can control doors, gates, turnstiles, elevators, and other equipment, monitor employees and visitors as they move around a facility, prevent unwanted access, maintain compliance, and provide a robust audit trail.

Hirsch Mx Controllers provide scalable, networked communication and are available in two, four, or eight supervised door models. The modular design and scalable architecture enables an installation to start small and grow large, from a single controller system to a larger, multi-site enterprise. The Mx Controller is fully firmware, function, and communication protocol compatible with the rest of Identiv’s product line and is designed to integrate with Hirsch systems so that existing credentials, readers, and databases can be retained.

“Any of the thousands of doors or portals our systems control in the government space can be easily upgraded to FICAM compliance without the cost and hassle of a forklift upgrade, as we leverage virtually all existing Hirsch system infrastructure,” said Mark Allen, Identiv General Manager, Physical Access.

This contract follows the news that the Hirsch Velocity platform was specified in a recently awarded multi-year, $150M blanket purchase agreement for the National Physical Security Program Maintenance and Installation Program. As part of the contract, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) is deploying Hirsch Velocity Software at more than 900 facilities across the country to deliver mission-critical security and protection to USMS facilities, visitors, and employees.

USMS provides physical security to the United States District Courts, the United States Courts of Appeals, and the Court of International Trade, and ensures the personal protection of federal jurists, court officers, witnesses, and visitors to court facilities. The USMS oversees security at 12 Federal Judicial Circuits, 94 Federal Judicial Districts, and approximately 900 courts and USMS facilities. The NPSP Maintenance and Installation Program provides inspection, maintenance, and repair services, as well as installation services of physical security equipment and systems at these facilities.

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