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Aviation Security Identification Card

Absoft is in the process of developing with Multicard and their aviation clients, and integrated encoding station for the issuance, encryption and digitisation of the ASIC card.

An Aviation Security Identification Card, known as an ASIC, is an identification card which is used to identify a person who has been the subject of a background check. An ASIC is required to obtain unescorted access to the secure areas of security controlled airports that have regular public transport (RPT) services. ASICs are valid for up to two years.

The ASIC scheme is a layer of security that ensures that only people who have been background checked to a certain level are permitted to be in the secure areas of airports. The ASIC scheme aims to reduce the risk of unlawful interference with aviation, not just terrorism.

Absoft will work along side Australian Government Authorities to perfect the systems  integration background checks.  AusCheck, a unit of the Attorney Generals Department, which is now responsible for coordinating the background checks of ASIC applicants and people who are involved in the issue of ASICs. The background checking process includes:

    * A criminal records check undertaken by CrimTrac, which is used to determine if an applicant has an adverse criminal record;
    * A security assessment conducted by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO); and if relevant
    * An unlawful non-citizen check conducted by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

Absoft is a founding partner of Fastcards (since acquired and operating as Multicard).  Multicard (www.multicard.com) is a worldwide supplier of card solutions for secure identification programs with in-house capabilities for credential issuance, personalisation and fulfilment services for the consumer, government and corporate customers. Multicard offers ID systems management and engineering services as well as full implementation and program management. Multicard is also a provider of enrolment and accreditation solutions using data capture equipment for ePassport and other government ID and corporate ID applications.