Datacard Group Announce GSA Approval for FIPS 201 at ISC West


Datacard Group, provider of secure ID and card personalization solutions, announced at ISC West approval of its SP75 and CP80 card printers for compliance with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Evaluation Program for certification of the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201 card printer specification. This standard was mandated by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) in an effort to issue reliable and secure forms of identification to all U.S. Federal Government employees and contractors. Additional federal, state and local agencies will be using the specification to implement secure ID card programs.

“It’s clear that the FIPS 201 specification is the de facto standard for U.S. agencies large and small,” said Gerald Hubbard, government business development manager for Datacard Group. “Given our commitment to the U.S. government and government agencies worldwide, it is critical that our solutions for secure ID cards – specifically smart cards – meet these requirements.”

The SP75 and the CP80 card printers personalize highly secure, durable cards and are designed to address the complex security issues associated with distributed issuance. In addition to the desktop printers, the Datacard® MX6000™ card issuance system is in the final stages of approval under the GSA evaluation program. For central issuance needs, the MX6000 system offers modular functionality including smart-card encoding, retransfer color printing and laser-engraving technologies.

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