TWIC Card Reader Update and Demo

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The U.S. Coast Guard has narrowed its evaluation of Transportation Worker Identity Card (TWIC) readers to two vendors, Datastrip and MaxID, according to a Coast Guard officer who spoke at last week's Industrial Fire Safety & Security Expo in Houston.

Lt. Matt Derian, chief, waterfront facilities and security, said the Coast Guard aims to make a decision this spring.

The Maritime Transportation Safety Act requires TWIC cards to be issued to anyone who needs access to secure areas of any U.S. seaport. TWIC cards are issued after a background check and carry a photograph, a bar code, a PIN number and a fingerprint scan.

More than 1 million TWIC cards have been issued since the spring of 2009, but the Coast Guard has not completed selection of a portable TWIC card reader that can be updated on a daily basis. TWIC cards are required for entry into secure areas of U.S. ports today, but there is a lag between the time the user is authorized and the card becomes usable. Likewise, if authorization is revoked, there can be a delay of several days before readers acquire that information, Derian said..

Only four classes of professionals have TWIC card exemptions: law enforecement officers, federal officials on duty, federal contractors on duty, and municipal first responders entering the port in an emergency, Derian said. The Coast Guard is currently working to modify that rule to allow first responders access during threat response exercises.

In the accompanying video, MST2 Ron Sampert demonstrates the Datastrip and MaxID readers.




   

The U.S. Coast Guard has narrowed its evaluation of Transportation Worker Identity Card (TWIC) readers to two vendors, Datastrip and MaxID, according to a Coast Guard officer who spoke at last week's Industrial Fire Safety & Security Expo in Houston.

Lt. Matt Derian, chief, waterfront facilities and security, said the Coast Guard aims to make a decision this spring.

The Maritime Transportation Safety Act requires TWIC cards to be issued to anyone who needs access to secure areas of any U.S. seaport. TWIC cards are issued after a background check and carry a photograph, a bar code, a PIN number and a fingerprint scan.

More than 1 million TWIC cards have been issued since the spring of 2009, but the Coast Guard has not completed selection of a portable TWIC card reader that can be updated on a daily basis. TWIC cards are required for entry into secure areas of U.S. ports today, but there is a lag between the time the user is authorized and the card becomes usable. Likewise, if authorization is revoked, there can be a delay of several days before readers acquire that information, Derian said..

Only four classes of professionals have TWIC card exemptions: law enforecement officers, federal officials on duty, federal contractors on duty, and municipal first responders entering the port in an emergency, Derian said. The Coast Guard is currently working to modify that rule to allow first responders access during threat response exercises.

In the accompanying video, MST2 Ron Sampert demonstrates the Datastrip and MaxID readers.




   

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