US naval base implements biometric identification and access control at all gates

April 9, 2016 - 

Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) will soon be implementing the Defense Biometrics Identification System (DBIDS) at all access gates, joining the ranks of other Navy Region Mid-Atlantic commands, according to a report by The Dolpin.

Serving as an improved identity authentication and force protection system, DBIDS is a global database which effectively facilitates the distribution of biometric data to the gate-guard tasked with controlling an individual’s authorized access to SUBASE.

Using a hand-held wireless scanner, the gate-guard scans the ID card’s barcode and/or the individual’s fingerprints to instantly identify the individual and whether or not the individual has authorized access to the base.

The system also alerts guards when an ID card is lost or stolen, flags individuals banned from the base, identifies fake cards, and taps into criminal databases to check if the individual has had any past criminal charges..

“What people need to realize about DBIDS is that it is not just a base system, it’s global. If an arrest warrant is issued in Virginia, it will pop up, or flag, on the scanner,” said SUBASE DBIDS manager, James Kelley of the security department. “Also, if a particular person is barred or suspended from access to SUBASE, that will flag at the gates at Naval Station Norfolk and it will also give the reason for that suspension.”

The biometrics identification component of DBIDS allows use of fingerprint scans when the Force Protection Condition (FPCON) level and installation policy) or installation policy notifies the guard that further checks are required.

DBIDS has seen effective results through its use in a small-scale testing phase on SUBASE. Based on this usage, the security department has been able to develop an access database cache of those individuals who frequently visit the base, which will allow for faster retrieval of information via the system.

The majority of personnel accessing SUBASE will not be required to undergo new or additional registrations as they are automatically enrolled in the system upon their first scan.

Individuals who have a RAPIDGate identity access card will continue with their current program, while those individuals who do not have a CAC will be issued a DBIDS card for installation access, on a case by case basis.

“The SUBASE Commanding Officer places the safety and security of our workforce and personnel as one of his highest priorities,” said Kelley. “DBIDs will help us continue to meet his high expectations.”

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