The heart of the PIV-I card is its onboard computer chip that stores special digital certificates. The certificates can be read by anyone with a smart card reader to make authentication and authorization decisions. FTI runs its own FTI Certificate Authority, which chains to the Federal Bridge CA - making it part of the Federal Public Key Infrastructure. This level of trust is not easy to achieve - it took FTI over 30 months of hard work to get cross-certified, and we are proud to be one of only ten trusted Business Identity and Credential providers on GSA’s IDManagement.gov
This meaning that the certificates on the FTI PIV-I cards can be recognized and easily validated by outside organizations and Federal government partners, allowing them to trust the credentials that your organization issued as if they themselves had issued it. Organizations can use PIV-I cards to secure facilities and computer systems with one-, two- or three-factor authentication, including bio-metric identification. PIV-I cards are built on open standards ensuring interoperability and are issued as part of the federal trust framework , meaning that they are recognized and trusted by federal agencies.
Personal Identification Verification Interoperable (or PIV-I) cards are a lot more powerful than your typical corporate ID badge.
PIV-I credentials are smart identification cards that can be used as physical access credentials with door and gate readers, as well as logical access credentials to log into secured computer systems with a laptop or desktop smart-card reader. PIV-I cards adhere to strict requirements based on standards that the U.S. government developed for its employees and the military, so they are interoperable (meaning that PIV-I cards can be read and trusted across state, local, and territorial boundaries regardless of who issued them), as well as federally trusted (meaning they can be recognized and relied upon by sensitive federal systems, and at secure federal facilities).
All FTI PIV-I cards come with four certificates, including certificates for both digital signature and encryption. They also include both certificate revocation list (CRL) and online certificate status protocol (OCSP) services for real-time certificate validation.
FTI Certificate Authority Certificate Bundles
FTI TEST Certificate Authority Certificate Bundles
Federal Common Policy Trust Chain Bundle