30 November, 2010
Verizon Business is providing the commonwealth of Virginia with smart card credentialing services that will enable authorities to electronically confirm the identities and skills of emergency responders arriving at a disaster scene.
With Verizon’s First Responder Authentication Credentialing solution, the commonwealth can make sure that only those individuals who have had their identities and skill sets electronically authenticated can enter a designated area to perform specific tasks. For instance, based on credentialing and electronic verification, a police officer would be able to verify the identity and skill sets of an emergency responder from an outside jurisdiction and make an informed decision on granting access to the responder.
Verizon Business is providing the commonwealth with identity credentials that are interoperable with the FIPS 201. The commonwealth’s deployment was facilitated by the recent federal interoperability guidelines – Personal Identification Verification Interoperability (PIV-I) – that make it easier for state agencies and federal agencies outside of the federal executive branch to deploy smart credentials that are interoperable with federal systems.
The commonwealth is leveraging Verizon Identity Managed Service Offering, a managed end-to-end credentialing solution. The solution enables the commonwealth to sponsor, enroll, issue and maintain identity credentials for each unique user through one single system.
Verizon Business is working on the project with other vendors including ActivIdentity Corp., CoreStreet – An ActivIdentity Company, DAP Technologies, Oberthur Technologies and Probaris Inc.