Athena’s IDProtect Smart Card and Middleware Approved for US Government PIV/HSPD-12 Deployment

Cupertino, CA (PRWEB) November 17, 2008

Athena Smartcard Solutions, a leading developer of smart cards for Digital ID, announced today that the Athena IDProtect Duo PIV, contact-contactless smart card was approved by US Government GSA for deployment in HSPD-12 programs. The Athena IDProtect Duo PIV was certified for FIPS 140-2 and FIPS 201 earlier this year and the GSA approval announced follows the previous approval by the GSA of the use in HSPD-12 deployments of the Athena IDProtect PIV Middleware.


HSPD-12 mandates US Government agencies to issue secure credentials to all government employees. According to a recent report by the White House Office of Management and Budget, over 1.5 million PIV cards have been issued to date out of a total of over 5.5 million to be issued. The GSA APL (Approved Product List) governs which products and services may be purchased by government agencies.


The Athena IDProtect Duo PIV (Personal Identity Verification) card incorporates the latest FIPS 201 requirements and is listed on the U.S. General Services Administration Approved Product List (GSA APL). Products listed on the GSA APL may be purchased by government agencies. The Athena PIV supports Java Card 2.2.2 specifications and can carry 72KB of data including certificates and biometric data supporting both logical and physical access applications.


The Athena PIV card, developed and supported by Athena’s California development center, utilizes Atmel’s AT90SC12872RCFT dual interface secure microcontroller which is Common Criteria EAL5+ certified. The PIV card is produced by CPI, a leading US based plastic card manufacturer making it an ideal platform for US Government card credentials.


“The combination of Athena IDProtect Duo PIV, contact-contactless smart card and the proven performance of Atmel

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