RockWest Technology Supports “Spring Forward” FEMA-Coordinated Demonstration of FIPS 201 Standards for Routine and Emergency Access Management

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On March 11th, 2010, Denver, Colorado-based RockWest Technology Group (RTG) supported Colorado in their participation in “Spring Forward,” a demonstration including more than 30 Federal, State, and local entities across the United States for the electronic validation and interoperability of Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201-compliant Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials and PIV-Interoperable (PIV-I) credentials for Federal, inter-State, and intra-State emergency response officials (F/EROs) at an incident site.

The Spring Forward demonstration represented an important opportunity for us to demonstrate the effectiveness of blending credential management and accountability into one system.

On March 11th, 2010, Denver, Colorado-based RockWest Technology Group (RTG) supported Colorado in their participation in “Spring Forward,” a demonstration including more than 30 Federal, State, and local entities across the United States for the electronic validation and interoperability of Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201-compliant Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials and PIV-Interoperable (PIV-I) credentials for Federal, inter-State, and intra-State emergency response officials (F/EROs) at an incident site.

During Spring Forward, RTG, along with partner Salamander Technologies, supported Alan Colon, Emergency Manager of Commerce City, Colorado, for a proof-of-capability demonstration of the statewide Colorado First Responder Authentication Credential (CoFRAC) system. CoFRAC PIV-I credentials are FIPS 201 interoperable and Federally trusted credentials that can be used for access control risk management and accountability. The CoFRAC system was developed to provide real-time electronic validation of a Colorado ERO’s identity and qualifications upon arrival at the incident site as well as to provide improved tracking and safety for all personnel during a crisis. The objective of the CoFRAC participation in Spring Forward was to demonstrate the ability to integrate a trusted PIV or PIV-I credential into a FIPS 201 standards-based system with a complete resource management solution – from the access decisions to the web.

According to Colon, who also serves as CoFRAC Program Manager for the Colorado North Central Region, the demonstration was managed in field conditions with no fixed infrastructure, simulating the EROs arriving at the scene of an incident. He explained, “We validated participants at the access control points of the demonstration locations and shared real-time situational awareness to participating emergency operations centers (EOC) via a secure geospatial display application.” This shared view, in real practice, is intended to provide a clear picture of an incident as it unfolds to all EOCs or fusion centers.

RTG designs, installs, and services all CoFRAC FIPS 201 physical access systems throughout the State of Colorado. RTG recently integrated Salamander Technologies’ interTRAX PIV into its full line of identity management solutions for incident command applications. RTG’s ID suite provides a resource management solution for EROs that brings together the essential functions of FIPS 201-interoperable PIV-I credentials and on-site incident management. By combining these functions, EROs are able to effectively achieve interoperability with F/EROs for trusted credentialing interoperability, control site access, build an organizational structure, and manage resources throughout the incident. This was achieved with one seamless application executed through a single handheld system. Explains RTG President of Sales, Matt McDaniel, “The Spring Forward demonstration represented an important opportunity for us to demonstrate the effectiveness of blending credential management and accountability into one system. Our solutions are designed around common on-site incident command applications and standard operating procedures.”

About Rockwest Technology Group
Founded in 1999, RTG (http://www.rockwesttech.com) has quickly established itself as a leading sales and service integrator of photo identification and security systems. RTG provides a single source for all identification needs, including product, cards, supplies, full-service installation, training, network and database services, as well as preventative and emergency on-site maintenance. RTG is the largest integrator of photo-identification, credential issuance, emergency management solutions, and electronic security systems in the Southwestern United States, providing on-site sales, service, technical consultation and system maintenance in 8 states, including Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California.

About Salamander Technologies, Inc.
Salamander Technologies, Inc. (http://www.salamandertechnologies.com) is the nation’s leading provider of personnel accountability solutions. Combining manual accountability with an electronic incident command solution, Salamander Technologies offers a simple, scalable, NIMS supporting solution for incident management. The founders of Salamander Technologies, Inc., President Russ Miller and Vice President Mike Whelan, are also known for their landmark work: Resource Accountability Guide for First Responders.

For more information, please visit Rockwest Technology Group online at http://www.rockwesttech.com, or contact Julie Matter or Celanie Pinnell at Launch Marketing by phone at 303-494-4080.

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