HID Global, announced the availability of its pivCLASS® Government Solutions portfolio, an integrated product suite that enables the U.S. federal government, government contractors and other facilities to comply with federal identity mandates without having to replace their existing physical access control system (PACS). 


HID Global’s pivCLASS solutions work together with existing PACS and external trust authorities to deliver functionality specified by Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 201 (FIPS 201).  Supporting PKI-at-the-door mandates and PIV-I and CIV (also known as PIV-C) requirements for cards issued by non-federal entities, the product family delivers fully tested and validated solutions for upgrading a physical access control infrastructure so that it can authenticate PIV credentials across the full range of assurance levels as defined by the federal government’s Special Publication 800-116 (SP800-116).  pivCLASS also supports the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) reader specification.

According to Bob Dulude, director, Federal Identity Initiative with HID Global, this is “the first fully integrated and government-approved FIPS 201 compliance solution from a single supplier.”

Customers achieve FIPS 201 compliance for their PACS by simply deploying new pivCLASS Readers and installing pivCLASS Authentication Modules between the readers and the existing PACS panel, the company said. The resulting, upgraded access control system can perform FIPS 201 authentication checking for all National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-defined assurance levels. The modular system performs all necessary authentication steps, from the time of enrollment to the time of access.

For information, visit www.hidglobal.com/main/pivclass/.