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3M Cogent

One Card, One Identity


3M Cogent supports the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in its objective to establish the Common Access Card (CAC) as the “One Card” identification card to provide controlled access to all physical, logical, entitlement, and related DoD systems and programs. Through 15 years of smart card application development and systems integration, 3M Cogent possesses extensive knowledge and a progressive track record in planning, developing, assessing, and implementing CAC-centric solutions.

We're proficient in the myriad technologies incorporated within the CAC -- including biometrics, contact and contactless smart cards, public key infrastructure (PKI), secure card manufacture, and legacy barcodes -- and have successfully integrated the CAC and its technologies into web-based and web-enabled applications, mobile devices, and other hardware devices.

3M Cogent applies implementation strategies and methodologies that remove redundant identity proofing processes and ID tokens. The streamlined effect on operations that results facilitates substantial long-term cost savings and efficiencies for DOD agencies. We are adept at integrating solutions that utilize the CAC as the single “One Card” identification for all types of access control applications.

In addition to eliminating functionally duplicative legacy systems and enhancing existing systems, our creation of a unified identity assurance process for enterprise-wide use will significantly and reliably:

  • Promote cost savings by streamlining paper-based processes, thus reducing wait times, lost documentation, and various other costly errors
  • Provide a more secure authentication system to protect facilities and systems through the use of CAC security technologies, such as PKI, digital fingerprints, digital photo, PIN, and data elements
  • Address system-to-system bridging requirements to enable efficient workflow and data sharing, while closing gaps created by disparate systems
  • Promote improvements in quality of life by eliminating the need for issuing multiple ID cards for different purposes, and decreasing processing time that ensues from errors (e.g. data entry mistakes, lost paperwork, etc.)