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Mutual Registration™ Architecture for Personal Identity Verification

IDTP provides development and testing services for Physical Access Control Systems (PACS) and readers that use biometric smart card identity credentials. IDTP recently developed a smart card application architecture referred to as Mutual Registration™, which provides operational benefits for using secure credentials in multiple PACS.

Mutual Registration Personal Identity Verification (MR-PIV) Architecture Overview PDF | IDTP

The Mutual Registration™ Architecture for Personal Identity Verification (MR-PIV™) was conceived by IDTP to initially solve the challenges of managing interoperability and secure physical access control for the government’s HSPD-12 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) smart card program. The Mutual Registration™ architecture can enable a single credential to be used in any number of PACS for secure entry, while supporting the local system operations, policies and secure access protocols of each.

MR-PIV™ Applications

This system enhancement enables a security officer to grant access privileges to an external cardholder who can then use his/her credential that was not locally issued, for managed local PACS entry. In an applied Mutual Registration™ architecture, this same scenario can occur for that cardholder in any number of locations where access privileges can be granted. Mutual Registration™ architecture will help realize the goals for secure access and interoperability using identity credentials for both federal and commercial programs.

The MR-PIV™ architecture was briefly described in an industry white paper prepared by the Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council (PAC) regarding the population of the Global Unique ID (GUID) field of a PIV card, and released through the federal Physical Access Interagency Interoperability Working Group (PAIIWG).