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Air Force Institute of Technology installs FIPS 201-compliant system

Five buildings and 148 doors at the Ohio campus on Wright Patterson AFB are now secured via a FIPS 201 compliant physical access control system. The solution, integrated by SMARTnet Inc., reads current Common Access Cards and will read next generation contactless cards.

Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Leads the Way in Physical Security Infrastructure Supporting HSPD-12

Frederick, MD – February 1, 2006 – SMARTnet, Inc. has successfully implemented a physical access system for the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson AFB, that supports contact and contactless Common Access Cards (CAC).

AFIT’s new physical access system covers five buildings and 148 doors across its campus, networked together via IP to a centralized security center. The new system allows students to use their CAC card for both physical access and logical access thus eliminating the need for multiple type access cards. Additionally, the new system supports the older contact CAC and will support the new contactless CAC cards (FIPS-201, PIV II compliant) thus providing AFIT a planned transition path without having to have multiple reader devices to meet their needs and support the directives of HSPD-12.

According to Steve Bowers, Executive Support Officer, Office of the Dean, “We needed a new physical access system and we wanted to be sure our new system would support the existing technology as well as where the Air Force was heading with the new requirements based on HSPD-12. With the help of the Air Force Security Office, XIC, we developed a requirement for our new system. SMARTnet designed and integrated a solution that met our requirements.”

To support the PIV II capabilities, AFIT, with the assistance of the SMARTnet team, will be evaluating and testing prototype finger print readers that will be integrated with the card readers. The new integration for biometrics is expected to begin in April 2006.

SMARTnet is an enterprise IT systems integration firm offering a nationwide presence and 10 years experience designing and implementing highly flexible mission critical IT and security solutions.

For information: www.smartnetgov.com.

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