[NetBehaviour] HP Announces New National Identity System Solution Built on Microsoft .NET Platform

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sun May 29 13:47:27 CEST 2005

*HP Announces New National Identity System Solution Built on Microsoft 
.NET Platform*
Friday May 27, 6:00 am ET

Solution Will Drive Simplified, Secure Identification Management for 
Governments Around the World

The HP NIS solution allows governments to build and quickly deploy at an 
affordable price a complete, standards-based and technologically agile 
infrastructure that meets their changing needs for security and identity 

Going beyond simple secure identification and authentication 
functionality, the solution enables modern national identification 
systems to allow citizens to access e-government services and conduct 
secure transactions. The solution also provides citizens with improved 
secure and intelligent identity documents.

For example, with heightened security awareness at national borders, the 
solution fulfills the new requirement to ensure traveler and citizen 
credentials across an entire country or region.

In addition, the modular nature of the solution enables national and 
regional governments to more easily plug in additional elements, such as 
biometrics, to customize and balance the level of security and privacy 
as defined by a government's policy and requirements.

Recent figures from industry analyst firm Morgan Keegan show that the 
worldwide identity management market is approximately $4.8 billion and 
is estimated to grow to approximately $10.7 billion in 2007.(1)

"The need to securely identify people moving across national and 
international borders has never been more important than it is today," 
said Jim Ganthier, worldwide leader, Defense, Intelligence and Public 
Safety, HP. "HP and Microsoft are working together to provide government 
agencies the ability to access the integrated data streams needed to 
securely identify people both in the physical and virtual worlds."

Built using HP's expertise in national identity systems, security 
frameworks and public key infrastructures (PKI), the HP NIS can be fully 
integrated into the HP e-government framework and integrated into a 
nation's e-government services delivery framework. The solution 
encompasses all the essential national identification system attributes 
and functions, including:

    * Online and offline enrollment of demographic and biometric data 
through live capture
    * Local request as well as regional/central verification and 
    * Multi-tier architecture
    * Secure management of the document lifecycle
    * Biometric and personalization subsystem integration
    * Online and offline identity verification
    * Fault tolerance and disaster recovery through design
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