FREMONT, Calif., April 4, 2006 – SCM Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCMM, Prime Standard: SMY), a leading provider of solutions that open the Digital World, announced that its PACT physical access control terminals are being used in a recently implemented physical access system supporting both contact and contactless secure access applications at a U.S. Air Force facility.
SCM’s PACT terminals are designed to support the 3.8 million contact interface Common Access Card (CAC) cards that have been distributed to U.S. military personnel and contractors since late 2002, as well as new contactless interface CAC cards planned for distribution in the next few months. Originally used as a personal token for gaining secure access to PCs or networks, under Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), the CAC card now has the role of a multipurpose identification card for military and other government personnel to enable secure logon, secure building access and other applications.
SCM has provided PACT terminals to the U.S. Air Force facility through its partner, SMARTnet of Frederick, Maryland, an enterprise IT systems integration firm. SMARTnet is overseeing the implementation of the physical access infrastructure for the project, which covers five buildings and 148 doors across the Air Force facility campus. The new system is designed to address both current and future CAC applications. Currently, personnel can gain access to buildings and individual offices by inserting the CAC card into a PACT terminal. The same card also allows users to securely logon to computers or networks. For rapid and convenient access to the facility, personnel currently carry a separate non-CAC card that has a contactless interface supported by the PACT terminals. In the next several months, the Department of Defense plans to issue new CAC cards that provide both contact and contactless interface under Federal Information Processing Standard 201 (FIPS-201), which will allow Air Force personnel to use one card throughout the facility for contact or contactless physical access, using SCM’s PACT terminals.
“We looked for a partner that could work within a changing technology environment and provide us with strong support to ensure that our overall system met the Air Force’s requirements in terms of cost and reliability. SCM has provided us with the right combination of flexibility, technical skill and product range to help make this project a success,” said Keith Wilson, vice president of SMARTnet.
“Our expertise in smart card reader technology and our years of experience working with U.S. government programs gives us a strong understanding of how to implement new physical access systems as the industry prepares to implement HSPD-12 and other relevant standards. We are pleased to participate in one of the industry’s first deployments of a single system for both physical and logical access,” said Robert Schneider, chief executive officer of SCM Microsystems.
About SCM Microsystems
SCM Microsystems is a leading supplier of solutions that open the Digital World by enabling people to conveniently access digital content and services. The company develops, markets and sells its smart card reader technology for PC, network and physical access and conditional access modules for secure digital TV decryption to OEM customers in the government, financial, enterprise and broadcasting markets worldwide. Global headquarters are in Fremont, California, with European headquarters in Ismaning, Germany. For additional information, visit the SCM Microsystems web site at www.scmmicro.com.
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