XTec showcases GSA approved End-to-End HSPD-12 Solution

Complete End-to-End Interoperability Showcased at Recent NIST PIV Demonstration; XTec one of the first GSA approved Integration Service Providers Helps Federal Agencies Meet the HSPD-12 Challenge

RESTON, VA, July 25 -- XTec Incorporated confirmed the announcement that the company was one of the first three organizations to be approved by the GSA as an Integration Service Provider. The company's AuthentX™ solution provides a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card and identity management system that allows federal agencies comply with Homeland Security Presidential Directive -12, a mandate requiring federal agencies to issue their employees and contractors an interoperable Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card to be used for physical and logical access to government facilities and networks by October 27, 2006.

This news builds on the successful demonstration of the company's HSPD-12 solution for U.S. federal government agencies at the National Institute of Standards and Technology -- Cooperative Research and Development Agreement Interoperability Demonstration in early June. XTec's participation in the NIST Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) demonstration was to showcase end-to-end interoperability of the company's integrated HSPD-12 solution of systems and hardware with AuthentX™ at its core.

XTec's AuthentX™ Credential Management and Access Control System supports a broad range of third-party HSPD-12 solutions, including PIV-II cards, biometrics technology and externally managed public key infrastructure (PKI) offered by approved Shared Service Providers (SSP).

AuthentX™ Credential Management System is designed to enable organizations to implement smart card-based identity management, provisioning, authentication devices and policy enforcement -- increasing overall security, improving the end user experience and addressing regulatory requirements. The solution serves the complete smart card credential lifecycle, including card and credential issuance, replacement and cancellation, as well as smart badging and applet management.

About XTec

XTec is a leader in secure, interoperable authentication and verification systems. XTec develops, produces, and licenses enterprise level security solutions for Credentialing, Access Control, Information Systems, and Electronic Commerce for a wide range of government and commercial uses. XTec's focus is on providing a secure foundation from which customers can build secure enterprise web-based applications and cryptographic systems. XTec has a long-standing relationship with the Department of Homeland Security (formerly the United States Secret Service or USSS) for document security using XTec equipment to assist in the forensic tracing of counterfeit cards. XTec is a recognized leader in both government and commercial circles for its expertise and products for credentialing, identity, secure payment, and access control.