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November 30, 2010

Commonwealth of Virginia awards smart credentials service contract to Verizon

Electronically confirm the identities and skills of emergency responders arriving at a disaster scene

By CBR Staff Writer

Verizon Business has been awarded smart credentialing service contract by the commonwealth of Virginia to provide services that will enable authorities to electronically confirm the identities and skills of emergency responders arriving at a disaster scene.

Under the contract, the commonwealth will leverage Verizon Identity Managed Service Offering (ID-MSO), a managed end-to-end credentialing offering that enables the commonwealth to sponsor, enroll, issue and maintain identity credentials for each unique user through one single system.

Verizon will issue the credentials and provide electronic validation services to ensure that the credentials are reliable and secure.

The company said with its First Responder Authentication Credentialing offering, the commonwealth can make sure that only those individuals who have had their identities and skill sets electronically authenticated can enter a designated area to perform specific tasks.

In addition, Verizon will also provide the commonwealth with identity credentials that are interoperable with the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201, which was developed to support Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), the presidential mandate establishing common identification requirements for federal executive branch employees and contractors.

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