-------------------------------------------- Monday March 4, 2:30 am Eastern Time Press Release
U.S. Army Doubles Up on SCM Microsystems' Reader Technology
Company Deploys Additional 85,000 Smart Card Readers for Department Of Defense Initiative
FREMONT, Calif., March 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SCM Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCMM; Neuer Markt: SMY), a leading provider of solutions that open the Digital World, today announced it has shipped an additional 85,000 smart card readers to the U.S. Army as part of the Department of Defense's (DoD) Common Access Card (CAC) program. This follows an initial shipment of 50,000 readers for the initiative in November 2001. SCM is supplying the U.S. Army with smart card readers through its partner, Northrop Grumman's (NYSE: NOC - news) Information Technology.
The CAC program is designed to provide over four million active duty military personnel, selected reserve, DoD civilian employees and eligible contractor personnel with a standard identification badge based on smart card technology. The SCM reader offering gives U.S. Army personnel a single solution for multiple security measures, ranging from physical identification at mess halls to restricted access into buildings and over the network.
``The U.S. Army has stringent requirements and SCM's experience with security and connectivity meets this customer's specific needs,'' said John Gist, Northrop Grumman IT's program manager for the General Services Administration (GSA) Smart Access Common ID Card contract.
``The DoD has seen an exceptional response to the smart card badge, as well as the CAC program overall, since its inception,'' said Jason Schouw, vice president, Americas, for SCM Microsystems. ``This second shipment verifies SCM's ability to manufacture high volume, superior readers which can be used for multiple security purposes. SCM is pleased to be working with Northrop Grumman IT and top government contractors to play such an integral role in the success of the DoD's CAC program.''
SCM is providing a variety of serial port, USB and PCMCIA readers for the DoD program. All of SCM's readers are compliant with PS/SC standards to allow full smart card handling capabilities of Microsoft� Windows�. -------------------------------------------
My first post on this board. Anyone happen to know the details of SCMMs involvement with Precise Biometrics? The two companies recently struck up an agreement to develop and market readers. This could be part of the above deal could it not? Precise (Stockholm prec.a) Match on Card is one of their products and have had previous DoD interest. Also looks to profit with SCMM. Any info is appreciated. Thanks