Here's one blog entry:
"If anyone else chooses to act on this news from HP- and I hope you do-
I would appreciate it if you would please post your e-mail and any
response you receive (no matter how pre-formed or uninformative the
response may be) or post the crux of your telephone conversations with
any additional feedback opportunities you may uncover in the comments
for this post. If you are a customer or investor in Hewlitt-Packard,
please be sure to mention that when you register your displeasure. I
really would like to see a lot of people work this- the more people-
particularly customers/investors- that HP hears from, the more it's
going to mean to them that we are not on board with their plan."
More on HP's National Identity System and Microsoft's relationship:
More on Real ID Rebellion blog:
HP's press release is below.
HP Announces New National Identity System Solution Built on Microsoft
Solution will drive simplified, secure identification management
for governments around the world
PALO ALTO, Calif., May 27, 2005 - HP today announced the availability of
the HP National Identity System (NIS) solution on the Microsoft=AE .NET
The HP NIS solution allows governments to build and quickly deploy at an
affordable price a complete, standards-based and technologically agile
infrastructure that meets their changing needs for security and identity
Going beyond simple secure identification and authentication
functionality, the solution enables modern national identification
systems to allow citizens to access e-government services and conduct
secure transactions. The solution also provides citizens with improved
secure and intelligent identity documents.
For example, with heightened security awareness at national borders, the
solution fulfils the new requirement to ensure traveler and citizen
credentials across an entire country or region.
In addition, the modular nature of the solution enables national and
regional governments to more easily plug in additional elements, such as
biometrics, to customize and balance the level of security and privacy
as defined by a government's policy and requirements.
Recent figures from industry analyst firm Morgan Keegan show that the
worldwide identity management market is approximately $4.8 billion and
is estimated to grow to approximately $10.7 billion in 2007(1).
"The need to securely identify people moving across national and
international borders has never been more important than it is today,"
said Jim Ganthier, worldwide leader, Defense, Intelligence and Public
Safety, HP. "HP and Microsoft are working together to provide government
agencies the ability to access the integrated data streams needed to
securely identify people both in the physical and virtual worlds."
Built using HP's expertise in national identity systems, security
frameworks and public key infrastructures (PKI), the HP NIS can be fully
integrated into the HP e-government framework and integrated into a
nation's e-government services delivery framework. The solution
encompasses all the essential national identification system attributes
and functions, including:
=B7 Online and offline enrollment of demographic and biometric data
through live capture
=B7 Local request as well as regional/central verification and registration
=B7 Multi-tier architecture
=B7 Secure management of the document lifecycle
=B7 Biometric and personalization subsystem integration
=B7 Online and offline identity verification
=B7 Fault tolerance and disaster recovery through design
HP and Microsoft are investing in the solution through initiatives such
as joint training programs and the establishment of specialist centers
around the world to further develop, demonstrate and sell national
identity system solutions.
The NIS leverages HP's extensive experience in delivering fully
integrated solutions, which include consulting and integration,
desktops, servers, management software and support services. Recognizing
HP's .NET commitment and unique capabilities, Microsoft has endorsed HP
as its worldwide prime integrator for Microsoft .NET technologies.
For the HP NIS solution, Microsoft supplies a wide range of software
products and technologies, including Microsoft Server 2003 Enterprise
Edition, Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004, Microsoft SQL Server 2000
(64-bit), the Microsoft .NET Framework and Microsoft Services.
"Microsoft recognizes that national governments and their principal
agencies have unique information technology requirements, particularly
as more governments look to implement e-government solutions," said Jan
Muehlfeit, vice president Public Sector -EMEA, Microsoft. "Secure and
reliable identification and authentication of individuals helps power
more useful and compelling experiences for users and provides citizens
easy and secure access to services. Working with industry partners such
as HP is an important step and will provide public sector organizations
with new technology solutions to address these key customer concerns."
HP has successfully delivered innovative NIS solutions to a wide array
of national and regional governments. The Italian Ministry of Interior,
for example, is working with HP to provide smart electronic national
identity documents for all Italian citizens. The initiative will assist
particularly in the delivery of e-government services by supplying
secure access to government services portals and enabling transaction
authentication through digital signatures.
In addition, HP is connecting citizens in Israel, Poland, Slovakia and
Bulgaria with new identity and entitlement documents such as passports,
driving licenses and identity cards to ensure security and public safety
through improved and counterfeit resistant technology.
For nearly two decades, HP and Microsoft have been working together to
define industry standards through joint development, testing and
preparation of leading PC and server solutions. During this time,
Microsoft and HP have participated in a variety of programmes including
Microsoft's Joint Development Program, Rapid Development Program and
Corporate Preview Program. Microsoft also has designated HP as a Global
HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and
institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure,
global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing.
For the four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2005, HP revenue totaled
$83.3 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is
available at www.hp.com.
(1) "Homeland Security Technology Industry Overview," Morgan Keegan, 2004.
Microsoft is a U.S. registered trademark of Microsoft Corp.
This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve
risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties
materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and
its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those
expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions.
All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements
that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including the expected
development, performance or rankings of products or services; statements
of expectation or belief; and any statement of assumptions underlying
any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the
development, performance and market acceptance of products and services
and other risks that are described from time to time in HP's Securities
and Exchange Commission reports, including but not limited to HP's
Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31,
2005, and other reports filed after HP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for
the fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 2004. HP assumes no obligation and does
not intend to update these forward-looking statements.
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