20 May, 2008
Probaris Inc. issued just-in-time credentials to emergency response officials during the Spring Blast demonstration last week in Tampa. The objective of this week’s demonstration was to show the ability to rapidly and electronically validate the identity of response officials and to immediately issue secure identity credentials for use during the simulated disaster. Probaris ID was used in the demonstration to issue just-in-time credentials.
Probaris has equipped a mobile command center with its Probaris ID suite of identity products enabling travel to special events and disaster sites to issue FIPS 201-interoperable credentials. Probaris conducted the registration, enrollment and issuance of the identity credentials during this demonstration.
One of the two scenarios during this week’s demonstration in Tampa, Fla. was controlling the ingress and egress of spectators during the Super Bowl. NFL officials were enrolled and issued real-time credentials using Probaris ID. Their credentials were electronically validated using hand-held devices before they were granted access to the event. This process demonstrated the ability to validate people’s identity and also to control ingress and egress to a site.
This process also enabled for tracking personnel and the time that they spend at an incident scene. The company has issued credentials at several DHS demonstrations in the Washington DC metro and other areas to show the use of the credentials in multiple emergency response scenarios.
The demonstration was run with the City of Tampa, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Football League. The demonstration is part of a series of on-going DHS demonstrations that are intended to improve the crisis readiness posture of government agencies, private sector organizations, and emergency response officials.