Homeland Security Certified
Security in the United States has taken on a new meaning with the terrorist activities that have taken place since the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. Enacted by the 107th Congress and signed into law the following year, the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) established the early guidelines for protecting those sectors that have a higher risk of a security incident. This includes America's ports, tankers, barges, cargo vessels, offshore platforms, and large passenger ships. By an initiative of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Coast Guard, security mandates were established for regulation and certification of port security products.
Enhanced port security measures paved the way for new standards of biometric identification known as the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). idSoftware became one of the first companies to deliver a TWIC validation system with an outdoor multi-functional device that is Homeland Security certified and listed on the TSA's Quality Technology List (QTL). In addition to their SecureGate Ports biometric readers, idSoftware also offers VisCheck Ports, which accurately tracks the location of people and vehicles entering the gates of a facility. Becoming Homeland Security certified required DHS approval of three of idSoftware's testing labs.
The Department of Homeland Security’s stricter port security regulations require unescorted individuals entering port facilities, either by road or by sea, to present a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card. Manual verification by facility guards has been in place for a while but only required visual confirmation of holograms, expiration date, photo ID and a check to verify that the card is not on the TSA's Canceled Card List (CCL). Now with Homeland Security certified products for electronic authentication using a TWIC validation system, security personnel can take full advantage of biometric identification including fingerprinting of unescorted individuals as well as accurate tracking of vehicles entering and exiting a facility.