04 March, 2008
Probaris Inc. will issue the identification cards to first responders and CoreStreet Ltd. will provide the devices to read then during the Winter Blast First Responder Authentication Credential usage demonstration, hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Office of National Capital Region Coordination and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The event is taking place March 6.
The purpose of the exercise is to prove the capability to rapidly and electronically authenticate first responders at disaster scenes. The authentication process enables emergency response officials to validate the identity and qualifications of first response personnel. The validation of personnel qualifications includes an electronic check of an individual’s certifications, authorizations and privileges.
Participants include Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Chester, Pennsylvania, the George Washington University Hospital and the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital, both in Washington DC.
Interoperable identity credentials for the Winter Blast demonstration are being issued using Probaris ID. The credentials are compliant with federal standard Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201 to remove the burdens associated with first responder identification and the lifecycle management of credentials.
The CoreStreet PIVMAN software for handheld devices and related backend servers will manage the credential validation and privilege attribution for nearly 200 participants of the Winter Blast demonstration.