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Mobile identity verification for emergency services

CoreStreet : 22 October, 2008  (Application Story)
CoreStreet PIVMAN provides credential management capabilities for verification of identity for emergency services personnel and transport workers
CoreStreet has announced enhancements to the CoreStreet PIVMAN suite of products, the preferred solution for rapid electronic authentication and validation for the emergency services personnel. Now available in its third version, the suite features expanded platform support and functionality for the CoreStreet PIVMAN Client, as well as a graphical dashboard reporting option for the CoreStreet PIVMAN Management Station.

The CoreStreet PIVMAN Solution allows for the electronic verification of:

* FIPS-201 compliant credentials such as the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card and the DoD's Common Access Card (CAC) Next Generation.
* FIPS-201 interoperable credentials such as the First Responder Authentication Credential (FRAC) and the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
* Supports legacy credentials such as AAMVA compliant driving licenses for all US states and Canadian provinces.

The Solution includes software for handhelds and PCs for both mobile and fixed command stations. It also features a management station to administer the link to the back-end attribute exchanges stood up by the US Department of Defence, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), federal agencies as part of their HSPD-12 initiatives and state and local governments. These infrastructures are typically provided by shared service providers such as Verizon Business.

"Validating first responder identities, attributes and qualifications in the midst of the chaos during a disaster is a high risk endeavor," said Knox Walk, EMS Manager, Allegheny County, PA. "The CoreStreet PIVMAN Client, running on mobile handheld devices, provides the incident commander with the communications-out and power-out solution to electronically verify who is entering the secure perimeter, even mutual aid providers coming from across county or state borders."

Now able to run on Windows XP-based PCs and Windows-based handhelds, the Client has been tested and certified for the DAP CE3240B handheld from Roper Mobile Technology, the Be.U Mobile SMC-800 handheld from Cross Match Technologies as well as the DSV2+Turbo handheld from Datastrip.

The new CoreStreet PIVMAN Dashboard is a graphical reporting tool used to visualize the data collected by the CoreStreet PIVMAN Management Station from the handhelds and PCs running the CoreStreet PIVMAN Client. Charts and graphs can be generated based on specific parameters including cardholders, credential types presented, issuer of the credential and transaction results.

"The CoreStreet PIVMAN Solution has served a critical role in disaster-related DHS FEMA demonstrations such as Spring Blitz, Winter Blast and Summer Breeze, and is deployed in support of programs within numerous federal agencies and state first responder initiatives," said Chris Broderick, CEO, CoreStreet. "These latest enhancements to the CoreStreet PIVMAN Solution emphasize our dedication to providing the emergency response and incident management community with innovative mobile solutions that bring the benefits of rapid electronic authentication and validation to incident commanders throughout the first responder community in the United States."

The CoreStreet PIVMAN Solution aggregates attribute information from a variety of trusted sources for emergency access to government buildings or disaster sites as part of the National Preparedness Framework. The solution works within a multi-jurisdictional first responder trust model, leveraging existing standards set forth in HSPD-12 and the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) guidance for identity. It also utilizes National Response Framework ESF (Emergency Support Function) codes and National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Sector numbers for attributes as defined by the National Preparedness Directorate within FEMA. The core standard for credential interoperability is provided by FIPS-201.

The CoreStreet PIVMAN Solution is available for immediate delivery and implementation, and can be procured through multiple contracting vehicles. The CoreStreet PIVMAN Solution is the only solution for rapid, secure, electronic authentication and validation that appears on the FIPS 201 Approved Products List, the DHS Authorized Equipment List (AEL) and the Standardized Equipment List (SEL).
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