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Card Based Digital Credentials For UK Police Forces

ActivIdentity : 07 May, 2010  (Application Story)
The British Police will be issued with secure credentials for access to physical locations and information in project involving Siemens and ActivIdentity
ActivIdentity has announced that the National Policing Improving Agency (NPIA) in the United Kingdom has procured 250,000 licences of its ActivIdentity ActivID Card Management System and ActivIdentity ActivClient security software to issue digital credentials to members of the country's police forces. The ActivIdentity solution has been selected as a key component of the NPIA Identity and Access Management (IAM) framework, which Siemens Enterprise Communications owns and operates. The implementation of this solution brings all UK police forces one step closer to achieving a common environment driven by the NPIA's Information Systems Improvement Strategy (ISIS).

The ActivIdentity ActivID Card Management System is a reliable, proven and extensible solution that allows NPIA and associated police forces to issue and manage digital credentials on smart cards and securely update applications and credentials after the applications and credentials have been issued to end users. The ActivIdentity ActivClient security software will enable all of the country's police agencies to secure workstations with smart cards while enforcing strong authentication for desktop access, network login, and remote access to the new Central Service infrastructure, focusing on the Police National Database (PND) as the first national application.

"NPIA's decision to procure an end-to-end identity and access solution via Siemens Enterprise Communications' framework demonstrates their forward-looking commitment to ensuring that the right people get access to confidential and potentially critical case information," said Craig Pollard, head of the criminal justice sector at Siemens Enterprise Communications. "Together with ActivIdentity we are continuing to extend our market share in the UK law enforcement sector by delivering innovative solutions that offer value for money.'

"We are extremely proud to continue our engagement with NPIA beyond providing them with enterprise single sign-on technology, and we are especially pleased that they selected our ActivIdentity ActivID Card Management System as a core component of their UK police service offering," said Grant Evans, chairman and chief executive officer of ActivIdentity. "This selection validates our investment in the public services sector, where we are committed to continue delivering quality solutions and new innovative products to public safety services globally such as the company's award-winning mobile validation solution known as PIVMAN."

NPIA's new Central Police Service infrastructure is part of the agency's overall ISIS, which strives to transform police information and communications technology; move towards convergence and the use of common, compatible standards and technology throughout the police service; converge police forces' information systems to a minimum variation; and create a single re-usable national IT infrastructure. Once in place, this new infrastructure will provide a national Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and federated authentication model, which will promote confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity across all UK police forces. Individual police forces may re-use their smart card deployments to deliver equally secure confidentiality, integrity and authenticity services locally or regionally through collaborative working practices encouraged by the Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
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