Four of Cherry Electrical smart card reader products have been granted FIP201 certification by the U.S. government. As a result, U.S. federal agencies and contractors are now authorized to use applicable Cherry keyboards and stand-alone smart card readers for logical access control under the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12.
HSPD-12 requires the use of a common identification credential for both logical and physical access to federally controlled facilities and information systems. In response, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published FIPS201 (Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 201), which specifies Personal Identity Verification (PIV) requirements for federal employees and contractors.
The applicable products are Cherry’s G83-6644 and G83-6744 keyboards with integrated smart card readers, its ST-1044U stand-alone smart card reader, and the SR-4044 PCMCIA smart card reader.