NASA Awards Smart Card Contract
ActivCard Corp. of Fremont, Calif., is among the subcontractors named to develop an agencywide smart card and access system for NASA. ActivCard is part of a contract given to government systems integrator Maximus Inc. to develop a “One NASA” identification card to be used by all agency employees and contractors.
The task order, awarded through the General Services Administrations Federal Technology Service and valued at $10 million, will be for a centralized card management system to administer and issue NASA credentials, work with certificate authorities and physical access systems and manage network access. Maximus also will provide access control readers and visitor badge systems for selected NASA facilities.
NASA employees and contractors will be able to conduct business using a single card for both physical and logical access, including public key infrastructure-enabled applications. About 90,000 people at 15 NASA facilities are expected to receive the cards over the next two years.
Besides ActivCard, other subcontractors include Electronic Data Systems Corp. of Plano, Texas; Risk Management Associates Inc. of Raleigh, N.C.; and ISR Solutions of Chantilly, Va.
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