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.
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.
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).