Enforcement DHS Port Security Regulations With Biometrics

idSoftware is one of four companies producing technology to support the Department of Homeland Security’s stricter port security regulations.

Last summer, DHS passed a rule requiring incoming port personnel to scan their identification cards through an electronic reader. The agency then approved idSoftware’s SecureGate Ports technology, which uses biometrics to ensure a person is authorized to enter a port.

Persons entering port facilities, whether by road or sea, must present a Transport Workers Identification Card (TWIC). The TWIC card system has been in place for some time. Institutional custodians are expected to ensure that the holograms, expiration date and photo identification of the card are correct, and that the card presented does not appear in the card’s canceled cards, Transportation Safety Administration.

The new version of the TWIC rules requires that the card use an electronic reader and be approved prior to the date of travel. The vehicle operator must also scan his fingerprint, which corresponds to a registered fingerprint. Enhanced port security measures date from 2013 and were promulgated in August 2016.

In addition to authentication systems, idSoftware offers VisCheck accesses, which track anyone in an installation, with or without TWIC cards.

The biggest challenge for port security agencies is to maintain tighter security measures while minimizing trade disruptions. If a terrorist attack occurs in this environment, it would close the trade for probably three months and cost billions of dollars. Trade and port security are inseparable. Please visit www.meritalk.com/


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