Met Police to roll out 80,000 smart cards

The Metropolitan Police plans to roll out 80,000 smartcards and around 140,000 readers, which will control access to its buildings and IT systems.

The unified identity and access management technology will aim to provide “enhanced administration and access control services”, the Metropolitan Police Authority said in prior information notice.

“Strong, token-based user authentication is a prerequisite for provision of this capability,” the Met Police wrote in the notice. “Smart card based authentication provides the required level of security, flexibility and control for both IT and building environments.”

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The Met Police will source a range of readers, including 70,000 keyboard contact-based readers and 70,000 stand alone readers. All readers must be Microsoft Windows XP and Vista compatible, and the 80,000 cards need to be based on the JavaCard 2.2 standard – an open system developed by Sun Microsystems – it said. The Met Police also extensively uses SAP enterprise resource planning software.

It is currently assessing suppliers, and contract award procedures will begin in July.