DATACARD GROUP TO OFFER BOTH CENTRAL AND DISTRIBUTED CARD ISSUANCE SOLUTIONS SUPPORTING FIPS 201 REQUIREMENTS

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Datacard Group, the world leader in secure ID and card personalization solutions, today announced at the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) Seminar and Exhibition that it is committed to complying with the National Institute of Standards and Technologys Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201, a mandate that all US Federal Government employees and contractors be issued a standard and reliable form of identification.

Offering products that are compliant with this standard is a logical course of action given the prominent role Datacard Group plays as a provider of desktop, central issuance ID, passport solutions and supplies for national, state and provincial government ID card programs worldwide. In addition to compliant components, Datacard Group is committed to providing fully integrated, FIPS 201 compliant solutions for central and distributed issuance of smart card IDs as well as secure data capture.

The Datacard SP75 card printer already meets the current FIPS 201 requirements. This mid-tohigh volume desktop card printer produces highly secure, durable cards and addresses the complex security issues identified by FIPS 201. For central issuance needs, the Datacard 9000 Series card issuance system offers highly secure laser engraving options and tamper-evident laminates.

Datacard Group also helps government agencies meet FIPS 201 requirements with its Datacard SDES secure document enrollment solution, a customizable suite of hardware and software capture tools that provides a secure platform for the processes required to issue and manage compliant cards. Working with a custom integration team from Datacard Group, agencies can then define their specific requirements and fully implement SDES in a way that meets their unique needs.

As an industry leader, we have a rich history of participating in the development of industry standards and understand what it takes to help government agencieslarge and smallmeet these requirements, said Kent Shields, senior vice president of marketing and technology for Datacard Group. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for them to comply with the FIPS 201 mandate, he said.

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