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Genetec Inc., a foremost technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, announced that it is broadening its portfolio of FICAM-(Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management) certified options for its Security Center Synergis™ access control system with the support of Veridt Stealth access control readers. Traditionally, the options for Federal Government organisations to replace a non-FICAM compliant system or to secure a new site were restricted to a limited choice of proprietary solutions. Because Security Centre Synergis is a FICAM-approved open platform access control system, customers can choose from a range of non-proprietary choices to efficiently validate Personal Identity Verification (PIV, PIV-I, CAC, and TWIC) for federal employees and contractors. Cost-effective solutions “By bringing these new non-proprietary options to market with partners such as Veridt, HID and Mercury, we are offering government customers a choice of simple-to-deploy and cost-effective solutions so that they can easily comply with FICAM requirements while leveraging the most robust and extensible software solution on the market,” said Justin Himelberger, Enterprise Systems Business Development Manager, Federal & DOD at Genetec. Access management solution Veridt Stealth Series™ readers provide a full complement of capability enabling identity and access management solutions for traditional and trusted PACS using PIV, TWIC and CAC based credentials. This family of readers encompasses both biometric and non-biometric configurations while offering fixed, wireless, and mobile platforms. Veridt readers are well known for their compact design and operating capability in the harshest environments. Identifying federal standards “We are pleased to work with Genetec to offer our joint US-Federal market customers FICAM-compliant solutions that will enable them to comply with the most stringent access and identity federal standards as well as the flexibility to maintain and protect their investment for years to come,” said Bryce Lamers, Director of Sales and Marketing at Veridt.
HID Global, a worldwide provider of trusted identity solutions, announced that it has extended its open-architecture controller line with the introduction of HID Aero. Building on the proven success of its Mercury intelligent controller platform delivering total security beyond the door, HID Aero extends flexibility and access control choices to a wide range of businesses, while future-proofing an organisation’s investment as requirements change. “HID Aero is providing features to a broader market that were generally available only in solutions for larger organisations, while eliminating the ongoing cost and complexity of designing, manufacturing and maintaining panel hardware at the same time,” said Stephen Carney, Vice President of Product Marketing, Physical Access Control Solutions with HID Global. Physical access control systems “It also brings end-to-end security to everyday applications with encrypted communication and threat detection, and its robust features to meet corporate compliance.” HID Aero platform controllers are backward compatible with HID VertX modules to simplify upgrades Built with openness in mind, HID’s controller portfolio delivers a nimble platform that provides original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), channel partners and end customers an array of solutions for deploying a broad range of physical access control systems. HID Aero platform controllers that fit in the same footprint as earlier HID VertX controllers and are backward compatible with HID VertX modules to simplify upgrades. Remote management capabilities The controllers include hardware, firmware, software and tools that speed development time, as well as host and controller authentication, and encryption to protect keys. HID Aero enables remote management capabilities with HID Signo and other HID readers supporting Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP), minimising the need for field inspection and reconfiguration. Mercury LP Linux intelligent controllers and MR Series 3 SIO modules bring game-changing level of extensibility, flexibility and value to security and IT departments seeking to stay ahead of the vast changes in technology. The controller’s multi-device and third-party application integration capabilities enable easy integration of wireless locks and other devices, as well as destination control and dispatch, intelligent power supply analytics, FICAM authentication and numerous other advanced applications. Access control software Systems are highly configurable to dynamically enhance situational awareness Mercury MR Series 3 SIO modules are a diverse subset of controllers that are specifically dedicated to point control and monitoring as well as individual door oversight for system expansion of Mercury LP Linux controllers. The modules provide the flexibility to choose the controller configuration that best meets customer needs. With all controllers based on HID’s Mercury hardware platform, users can choose from a large variety of access control software providers over time without any re-investment in hardware. Systems are also easy to migrate to new software and highly configurable to dynamically enhance situational awareness. Access control requirements “With over 25 years in the market and used in more than four million panels shipped globally, HID’s Mercury open platform hardware addresses the full spectrum of access control requirements,” said Matt Barnette, Vice President of Global Accounts and Mercury, Physical Access Control Solutions with HID Global. “This ensures OEM partners, installers and end customers spanning virtually all vertical markets can select from a variety of controller solutions to meet their needs.”
Feenics has announced that its Keep by Feenics cloud-hosted access control platform is now certified and approved for government and federal agency use in Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentialing and Physical Access Control Systems (PACS). FIPS 201-2 Evaluation Testing Feenics attained its listing on the GSA Approved Products List (APL) for all versions of Keep after completing the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201-2 Evaluation (sometimes called FICAM) Testing Program. FIPS 201 was developed to satisfy the technical requirements of HSPD-12, the Department of Homeland Security’s mandated common identification standard and database for credentialing federal employees and contractors. After months-long testing, review and validation of the platform by third-party accredited testing lab CertiPath, both on-premise and cloud-hosted server applications of Keep satisfied requirements to become available for procurement by federal entities and listed on the GSA Schedule. Cloud Smart strategy “As the government targets the acceleration of cloud-hosted deployments through its Cloud Smart strategy, Feenics has effectively opened new channels of business for its value-added resellers and integrators”, said Chris Smith, who leads Federal Government efforts at Feenics. This certification affirms the Keep proof of concept as a secure platform for federal government applications “Keep was validated against a rigorous, comprehensive set of functional requirements derived from government-wide specifications”, said Smith, adding that more than 300 tests were conducted in an installed simulation at CertiPath facilities. ‘Keep Access Control as a Service’ software “This certification affirms the Keep proof of concept as a secure platform for federal government applications”, Smith further stated, adding “To maintain this status, Keep Access Control as a Service (ACaaS) software will undergo ongoing evaluation of new and updated versions”. “There’s a cloud-first mentality across U.S. government agencies that will help reduce the carbon footprint of hardware, while improving efficiencies with real-time updates, redundancies and lower maintenance costs”, said Paul Di Peso, Feenics Executive Vice President, adding “Receiving our FIPS 201 approval and attaining our APL validates the direction of access control in this vertical market.” Integration with Mercury Security controller DiPeso said the government is heading rapidly in the direction of increased cloud implementation, especially as new IT modernisation initiatives emerge. He said “We believe we can be a major asset to the government’s push to cloud adoption”. Keep software integrates directly with the authentic Mercury Security controller Keep software integrates directly with the authentic Mercury Security controller that authenticates the PIV credential, rather than a separate communication module, further reducing the installed hardware footprint. Enterprise-enabled access control solutions “As the cloud and serverless environment proliferates in the government space, there’s a move to lessen reliance of onsite hardware”, said Matt Barnette, President of Mercury Security. “Having enterprise-enabled access control solutions like Feenics using HID’s pivCLASS solution via Mercury’s LP4502 controller brings additional applications to installers and customers alike”. (Feenics is a Platinum Partner to Mercury Security, an HID company.) Feenics continues to fortify its position as an ACaaS pioneer, certified as an International Organisation for Standardisation ISO 9001:2015 Company. In addition, the company recently received a 2020 Platinum Govies Award from Security Today in the Access Control Software/Controllers category.