Security Industry Veteran Joins the Smart Card Alliance as Director of Training Programs

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Aug. 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Smart Card Alliance announced today that security industry veteran Lars Suneborn has joined the organization as the director of training programs to lead and expand education, training and certification initiatives on smart card technology.

"We are excited to welcome Lars Suneborn to the Smart Card Alliance in this official capacity. For many years, he has been committed to the work of the Smart Card Alliance, volunteering his time to lead our Access Control Council and its many valuable projects. This dedication to the smart card industry and his extensive industry experience make Lars the ideal person to take charge of and expand our smart card technology training programs and make training and certification available to a wider range of industry professionals," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance.

Suneborn brings more than 30 years of smart card industry experience to the Alliance. In his new role, he will manage, plan, promote and deliver the Smart Card Alliance training and certification programs – the Certified Smart Card Industry Professional (CSCIP) and the recently announced Certified System Engineer ICAM PACS Training and Certification Program (CSEIP). These programs fall under the Alliance's education and training organization that develops the skills of smart card-related industry professionals who are interested in continuously improving their knowledge and professional proficiency in the industry.

CSCIP is the smart card industry's first standardized certification program that recognizes professionals who possess advanced levels of smart card industry knowledge and experience. The program started in 2008 and has experienced great success here in the U.S. and internationally, certifying 175 professionals. The Smart Card Alliance recently expanded its training and certification programs by adding CSEIP, which was created for integration engineers implementing ICAM standards-based E-PACS1. The CSEIP program provides advanced training on how to set up and test E-PACS to align with federal government-wide physical access control system specifications.

"I am very excited and deeply honored to be entrusted with this opportunity to create and grow a Smart Card Alliance Training Center. This is indeed an important function that will effectively serve the industry delivering and using smart card technology, as well as Federal agencies, in their efforts to achieve FICAM compliance," said Suneborn.

Prior to this role, Suneborn spent 28 years with HIRSCH-Identiv, holding leadership roles including national training manager and director, where he gained extensive experience in developing and constructing customized, agency-specific training courses as well as "train-the-trainer" activities. He is also recognized as a physical access control system (PACS) and smart card subject matter expert with CSCIP-G2 and CSEIP certifications. Suneborn is actively involved in industry groups developing open standards for smart card and related system components.

More information about Smart Card Alliance training and certification programs can be found at http://www.smartcardalliance.org/activities-education-and-certification-programs/.

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more information please visit http://www.smartcardalliance.org.

1 Enterprise Physical Access Control Systems

2 Certified Smart Card Industry Professional/Government

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Source:Smart Card Alliance