Alternative Technology is Approved by the GSA for HSPD-12 FIPS 132-62 Personal Identity Verification Purchases


Alternative Technology's 132-62 GSA schedule for HSPD-12 makes personal identity verification products from ActivIdentity, Gemalto and Novell immediately available to channel partners

Englewood, CO., July 25, 2007 - Alternative Technology, a leading specialty distributor of thin-client/server-based computing, edge infrastructure, virtualization, and government-approved security solutions, has secured approval from the General Services Administration (GSA) for personal identity verification (PIV) products and services from ActivIdentity®, Gemalto and Novell. The products enable government agencies to be in compliance with the Homeland Security Presidential Directive - 12 (HSPD-12) and other regulations.

"Achieving this approval from the GSA is another significant step for us, our vendors and channel partners, as it better positions us to address new market opportunities," said John Stubbs, vice president of business development, Alternative Technology. "With this approval, we can now deliver complete solutions to systems integrators and solution providers by pairing industry-leading personal identity verification and digital security technology with leading network infrastructure products from Fortinet, Packeteer and Radware that address optimization, fault tolerance and redundancy."

"Alternative Technology was instrumental in helping us qualify for HSPD-12 SIN 132-62 certification and enabling us to respond to a GSA bid to become the approved HSPD-12 enrollment stations provider for shared services," said Robert Williams, president, Clear Government Solutions, LLC, Beltsville, MD "Alternative Technology has assembled a comprehensive set of PIV vendor solutions and provides us with a one-stop, just-in-time, logistical support framework that our company needs to meet nationwide support requirements."

o ActivIdentity ActivID(TM) Card Management System (CMS) 4.0 for PIV and the industry-leading ActivClient(TM) smart card middleware are approved by the General Services Administration (GSA) for Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 201. The company's FIPS 201/PIV standards compliant solutions enable U.S. government agencies to meet the requirements of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12, while implementing a system that will enable them to support and sustain future identity and security needs. Unlike comparable technologies, these products add value to the FIPS 201/PIV standard by providing the industry's highest level of security, flexibility and ease of deployment. Through the innovation of ActivIdentity, PIV cards can support additional applications beyond basic identification, allowing agencies the ability to add new capabilities that meet emerging business requirements. ActivIdentity solutions are the most widely adopted Smart Card solutions in U.S. Governmental Agencies. For more information, please visit us at: www.ActivIdentity.com.

o Gemalto is a $2.2 billion leader in digital security, providing trusted and convenient solutions for more than a billion people worldwide. The company protects digital identities with a solution, SafesITe, that enables integrators and government agencies to successfully deploy and use personalized smart ID credentials (PIV cards) for secure access to information systems and federal buildings, as mandated by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12). All SafesITe PIV components, from smart cards and readers to software and services, are interoperable and readily deployable. Gemalto has long been a major provider of smart card technology to the U.S. government. The company has more than 11 million smart cards in use today by the Department of Defense and was recently selected to provide technology for the U.S. electronic passport program. Globally, Gemalto has already been chosen to provide electronic passport technology by more than twelve additional countries, and is heavily involved in smart public transport ticketing projects worldwide, most recently supplying 3.5 million transit payment devices to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

In addition, Gemalto offers Protiva, a strong authentication solution for the channel market. Protiva strong authentication solution incorporates the strengths of Gemalto's smart card technology, for secure user authentication and comprehensive identity protection and network security. To learn more, visit www.gemalto.com

o Novell Identity Manager 3.5 provides pre-configured workflow and provisioning tools to address the specific needs mandated by HSPD-12. It also provides integration with the wide variety of applications, databases and systems that government agencies have already invested in. In addition, Novell Identity Manager 3.5 is the only identity management solution to deliver a high level of integration with advanced authentication, single sign-on and security information and event monitoring solutions. For more information, visit www.novell.com

Alternative Technology officially received GSA approval for HSPD-12, federal information processing standards (FIPS 201) Special Item Number (SIN) 132-62, making ActivIdentity, Gemalto and Novell Personal Identity Verification solutions immediately available to systems integrators and solution providers for sale to government agencies. All products and services have been tested for interoperability and have been certified to meet or exceed HSPD-12/FIPS 201 specifications. The GSA schedule will be utilized by Alternative Technology's network of VARs, Systems Integrators and 8(a) resellers in the USA and Canada who have proven deployments throughout federal, state, and local government organizations. More information on Alternative Technology's GSA schedule can be found by going to the GSA web site gsaelibrary.gsa.gov/ElibMain/ and searching under Contract # GS-35F-0296R.

About Alternative Technology

Alternative Technology is a leading specialty distributor for Value Added Resellers who need products and services targeted at thin-client/server-based computing, edge infrastructure, virtualization, security, and wireless markets. Driving the widespread adoption of leading edge technologies by bridging the gaps between products and services to solve critical business problems, Alternative identifies business issues that are key to our markets and offer multi-vendor solutions that drive demand back through our reseller partners. Alternative Technology, headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, has offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Carlsbad, California, and Mississauga, Canada. Alternative Technology is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions, which is a business unit of Arrow Electronics, Inc. [NYSE: ARW]. For more information, go to: www.AltTech.com, e-mail: sales@AltTech.com or call toll-free: 800.544.7674 (USA), or 866.240.9991 (Canada).

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