The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has agreed a contract with Siemens IT Solutions and Services (SIS) for the global IT provider to supply a card management system for the Rijkspas, the new multifunctional card for Dutch civil servants.
The technology, known as ANDiS4Rijkspas, is based on commercial software from Bell ID. It is designed to enable the Ministry to manage the lifecycle of the cards and is scheduled to be operational by October 2009. Initially ANDiS4Rijkspas will be used for access control within the department. In its second and third phases, it will be used for interdepartmental access and secure access to their IT systems.
The two companies say ANDiS4Rijkspas is designed so that it can be swiftly implemented and deployed at other state departments. It is an all-in-one card management system that supports both issuing and withdrawal of cards, as well as the monitoring and auditing of the various processes involved.