Identification, Identity Management & Security

Establishing a trusted identity is at the foundation of any security system.  Historically, physical credentials (i.e. a badge, driver’s license, ID card, passport, etc.) have been relied upon to build this chain of trust, but increasingly the most secure credentials are moving towards relying on the data its electronic storage with cryptographic authentication mechanisms.  For increased security, multi-factor authentication mechanisms are becoming increasingly common where combinations of the following are required to authenticate yourself to a security system: something you have (e.g., a card), something you know (e.g., a password or PIN), and/or something unique to who you are (e.g. biometric such as fingerprint, facial or voice recognition.)  These multi-faceted means of identity verification require sophisticated digital identity documents that can store and process information.  Exponent offers a wide range of services to help clients improve the security, capability and reliability of advanced physical and electronic identification systems.  Our multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers serve industries such as government, health care, finance, and transportation.

Our services in the Identity space include the following:


  • Anti-tampering Investigations –durability and adversarial analyses on document security features to assess suitability and security
  • Cyber Security Consulting – Systems evaluation, troubleshooting, risk mitigation
  • Failure Analysis/Investigation 
    • Failure analysis of chips, cards, products and equipment 
    • Nondestructive failure analysis (X-ray imaging, SEM, EDX, electrical tests) 
    • Destructive testing and simulation of field use conditions
  • Risk Mitigation
    • Program risk mitigation consulting for smooth program implementation
    • Failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) on devices and applications to prioritize relative risks
  • Technology Consulting – forward-looking advice on new technologies that can improve reliability, increase functionality and reduce costs
  • Smart Card/Identity Credential Test and Evaluation  (this should be a link to the smart card page)
    • Standards Testing
    • Compliance Testing
    • Mechanical, Durability and Reliability Testing
    • Radio Frequency Testing

We work on systems and components including the following:


  • Biometrics
  • Card Printers
  • Card Readers
  • Contact Cards
  • Contactless Cards
  • Dual Interface Cards
  • Derived Credentials
  • ePassports
  • Mobile Devices
  • Logical Access Control Systems (LACS)
  • Near Field Communications (NFC)
  • Payment Terminals
  • Physical Access Control Systems (PACS)
  • Security Features

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