July 29, 2013 -
“TSA has created a robust ID security system at port facilities by requiring the use of TWIC cards,” Nelson Ludlow, CEO of Intellicheck Mobilisa said. “We call our product ‘TWIC Plus’ as it not only reads TWIC cards bust also scans drivers’ licenses and military IDs, matches person-of-interest lookups with law enforcement lists and authorized lists, and is capable of integrating with existing port security systems. Both the lighter and smaller Model IM2610 and the more ruggedized Model IM2620 incorporate these features, which were not contained in our previous TWIC readers.”
TWIC is an initiative of the TSA and U.S. Coast Guard which intends to use biometric identification cards for port security. According to the company, the U.S. government has given guidance this year that approximately 550 locations will require QTL-approved TWIC readers and approximately 1,500 locations are on the “recommended” list for QTL-approved TWIC readers. Intellicheck’s TWIC readers are currently in use at major ports on both coasts.
So far, more than 2.5 million workers are enrolled in the program and the card is valid for users for 5 years.According to the TWIC website, cards contain fingerprint records, as well as a digital photograph of the card holder.
Reported previously, TWIC recently came under fire, as it was slammed by federal auditors, who said that despite a decade of work, the administration had still not developed a reliable system to control port access with biometrics.
The TSA has also recently announced that it is expanding TSA Pre, its biometric screening program for travelers.