Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs selects Siemens and Bell ID for card management system

4 August 2009

Siemens IT Solutions and Services (SIS) has signed an agreement with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to supply a card management system for the Rijkspas, the new multifunctional card for Dutch civil servants. The solution, ANDiS4Rijkspas, relies on commercial software by Bell ID and meets the all of the requirements defined by the National Government. The system enables the Ministry to manage the lifecycle of the cards securely and efficiently, and is scheduled to be operational by October 2009.

Based on their previous card management experience and expertise with government projects, Siemens and Bell ID were able to configure a ready-made solution to issue and manage the Rijkspas for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ANDiS4Rijkspas is also designed so that it can be swiftly implemented and deployed at other State departments.

ANDiS4Rijkspas was selected on the basis of proven quality and the seamless integration with the existing infrastructure. The system also meets and anticipates the requirements for future expansion. ANDiS4Rijkspas will initially be used for access control within the department. In the second and third phases, the Rijkspas will facilitate interdepartmental access and secure access to their IT systems.

ANDiS4Rijkspas is an all-in-one card management system that supports both issuing and withdrawal of cards, as well as the monitoring and auditing the various processes involved. The core functionality of the system is to manage the complete life cycle of the Rijkspas at the relevant Ministry. ANDiS4Rijkspas also offers the capability to manage applications for logical access. To enable this functionality, the ANDiS4Rijkspas platform can be enhanced with a module that facilitates secure PC logon and secure e-mail traffic using the Rijkspas.

The introduction of the Rijkspas enables more effective operations and secure cooperation between multiple government departments and buildings. The advent of the Rijkspas adds to the objectives of the “Vernieuwing Rijksdienst” (upgrading of government services) programme. The Rijkspas project forms part of the ICTU (ICT implementation organisation).

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