HID Global®, Irvine, Calif., and Tyco Security Products, part of Tyco, Westford, Mass., announced that the companies have joined forces to deliver what they’ve termed as the industry’s first fully FICAM-compliant solutions for end-to-end physical access control systems (PACS).  The complete offering comprises each company’s federal identity solutions, providing added value through increased security, cost efficiencies and interoperability. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) introduced the new FICAM testing requirements earlier this year as part of a realignment of its Approved Products List (APL) with the FICAM roadmap for standardization and a consistent approach to deploying and managing appropriate identity assurance, credentialing, and access control services.

The GSA test program included subjecting the system components to dozens of attacks to ensure that the system is not prone to denial of service, credential spoofing, or other types of unauthorized access. The FICAM testing program ensures that products conform with existing APL approval procedures, and integrate other vendors’ products to create a complete solution. End-to-end systems are tested both as individual components as well as holistically to ensure that agencies meet all of the requirements in FIPS 201 and SP 800-116.

“FICAM testing is by far the most comprehensive testing that we have seen,” stated Bob Fontana, vice president of engineering, Federal Identity Solutions with HID Global. “HID Global is excited to be part of the first FICAM-compliant system approved by the GSA and available to the U.S. Government.”

The HID Global and Tyco Security Products PACS solution includes: HID Global’s pivCLASS® Registration Engine, pivCLASS Certificate Manager, pivCLASS Reader Services, pivCLASS Authentication Module (PAM),  pivCLASS IDPublisher™, and pivCLASS RK40®/RKCL40™ readers, as well as Tyco Security Products’ Software House C•CURE 9000.

 The companies’ solutions on are the GSA Approved Product Listing. For a list of FICAM-approved products, visit idmanagement.gov