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US get smartcards

A number of US federal agencies have said they are prepared for the rollout of smart ID cards to staff and contractors, according to Computer Business Review online edition.

The cards, which would be used for entering buildings and accessing computer networks, are part of security measures initiated by President George Bush in 2004.

There are no figures available as to just how many ID cards will be issued, but the US Department of Defense has awarded ActivIdentity a contract to provide 3.5 million cards to military personnel and contractors.

Jason Hart, ActivIdentity CEO, predicted that the widespread use of smart ID cards by the government would likely trigger take-up of the technology in the private sector as well.

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