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Emergency services identity management demonstrations

CoreStreet : 20 May, 2009  (Company News)
PIVMAN software for credentialing and identifying emergency response personnel to be demonstrated to the Federal Emergency Management Agency
CoreStreet announces that its CoreStreet PIVMAN Solution will serve a fundamental role in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) "Spring Ahead" demonstration, taking place during the week of May 18th. The purpose of the demonstration is to showcase Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201 interoperability, with credentials issued from multiple jurisdictions utilizing FIPS 201 technology as recommended in the draft National Incident Management System (NIMS) Credentialing Guideline.

Coordinated through FEMA, the "Spring Ahead" demonstration will involve Federal, State, local and private sector National Response Framework (NRF), National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) and National Continuity Policy Implementation Plan (NCPIP) stakeholders. "Spring Ahead" will include the electronic validation of Federal agency-issued FIPS 201 compliant and State/local government issued FIPS 201 interoperable credentials for risk mitigation and human resource situational awareness across more than 30 organizations in 20 locations throughout the United States.

Expressly comprised of eight scenarios, "Spring Ahead" will demonstrate the relocation of essential government personnel via air, water, and land assets; Federal and Mutual Aid Emergency Response Official (F/ERO) deployment information assurance; the issuance of "just-in-time" credentials for emergency response officials who deploy to the scene of an incident without their credentials; F/ERO smart phone application proof-of-concept: routine and emergency access to seaports using the Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs); Federal and mutual aid out-of-area ingress for disaster response; FIPS 201 migration technology; and citizen evacuation, post-disaster re-entry, and sheltering-in-place.

The CoreStreet PIVMAN Solution enables relying parties to control access to any site by authenticating and validating the identities and privileges of individuals wishing to enter an area, even in the worst case scenarios of comms out and lights out situations. Through the use of server software and software for handheld devices, the CoreStreet PIVMAN Solution facilitates confidential delivery of millions of emergency response official attributes, without any personally identifiable information. Now, incident command can utilize any individual from the emergency response community immediately on scene without requiring a persistent connection to a data source, and this even for personnel from across State borders in mutual aid scenarios.

"Making use of the CoreStreet PIVMAN Solution, local, regional and national emergency operation centres participating in the "Spring Ahead" demonstration will gain near real-time situational awareness of on-scene personnel during simulated all-hazards events," said Chris Broderick, CEO of CoreStreet. "Many organizations today unfortunately take a reactive approach to emergency access management response - yet when tragedy strikes, they still need to execute an emergency plan efficiently and securely. By participating in demonstrations such as 'Spring Ahead,' CoreStreet is underscoring the importance of taking a proactive operational stance by investing in interoperable technology that can validate the identities and specific skill sets of emergency response officials at the onset of a disaster."

Since its launch in September 2006, the CoreStreet PIVMAN Solution has been deployed by numerous Federal, State and local governments for credential validation of the Department of Defence's (DoD's) Common Access Cards (CACs); of the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA's) TWICs; and of FIPS 201 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) and PIV-Interoperable (PIV-I) credentials; and First Responder Authentication Credentials (FRACs).

Participants in "Spring Ahead" include the US Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (HHS ASPR), the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), the US Marshal Service (USMS), the US Park Police (USPP), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PA NY/NJ), and the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council for Trauma (STRAC). Targeted States for the demonstration include Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.
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