The new facility card controls logical and physical access (including restricted areas, parking areas and the cafeteria) at Valenciennes HC.
Paris, September 28, 2010 – Avencis, publisher of software programs to secure access to information systems, announces that Hpliance was selected by the Valenciennes Hospital Center as part of its unified system for employee identity and access management. Entrusted to integrator Business et Décision, Hpliance will be rolled out throughout 2011.
Reduce complexity and the cost of card and badge management
Opening a session on desktops, access to restricted areas of the hospital, access to the parking areas or the cafeteria: in the course of a few years, the number of access control systems at the Valenciennes Hospital Center greatly increased. Based on their position, the hospital’s medical and non-medical staff could have needed up to five badges to do their jobs. And that meant five identity management systems to update separately with each employee arrival, change in desktop or departure. In addition to the time spent updating profiles and associated rights, the risk of error greatly increased .
To simplify and secure these processes and reduce the cost of managing logical and physical access systems, Valenciennes HC management wanted to issue a single multifunction card to hospital employees. For medical staff, the card also needed to store the CPS (French Health Professional Card) certificate.
The chosen solution: a multifunction facility card
Following the standard government contract procedure, an “identities, user rights, authentication, smart cards” call for tenders was issued by Valenciennes HC in spring 2010. The contract was awarded on August 25, 2010 to Business et Décision for their proposal to roll out Avencis’s Hpliance software. Designed for hospitals, the solution meets the hospital center’s primary needs: access control, including through strong authentication, user rights management, management of cards’ and certificates’ lifecycle and full access traceability of employees.
Begun on September 15, 2010, the pilot stage in the Biology Lab will enable, in a few months, finalizing the prototype for initial introduction in the hospital’s ER in January 2011. Once these two pilot projects are completed, another crucial step is scheduled for May 2011: issuing 2,000 cards to all medical staff. In total, Valenciennes HC will roll out 4,500 cards and 2,000 card readers by the end of 2011, covering all of the hospital’s staff.
Practicality, security and traceability at a lower cost
From a practical standpoint, issuing the new facility card will greatly improve employees’ work environment: a single, multifunction card to access the computer network, restricted areas, parking areas and the cafeteria instead of several access badges. A functional advantage that will also save the hospital money: with current system, each card costs around €10 (in other words €50 per cardholder). With Hpliance, this cost is reduced to €15. The hospital will also maintain its independence because it will be able to run card issuing and management itself.
Rolling out Hpliance will also significantly increase logical and physical access security. This is because users’ identities and user rights can be managed centrally, reducing the risk of error. But also because of available end-to-end traceability of hospital employees’ actions: with Hpliance, medical and non-medical staff’s logical and physical accesses are logged and can be examined when necessary.