Truckers, longshoremen and
other workers at waterfront terminals soon may be required to flash
new identification cards to gain access to the Port of Long Beach
as part of a plan to enhance port security, according to a local report.
part of a new pilot program, the port will test digital and holographic
photo identity cards with an embedded electronic chip, magnetic strip,
bar code and an optical laser strip, the Long Beach Press Telegram reported. The project will review the different technologies to determine
the best option.
prototype worker card system reportedly will be in place by January
the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, security has taken on extra
importance at the Long Beach-Los Angeles harbor complex. Several measures
have since been put in place to protect the areas, which combined,
make up the busiest marine complex in the United States and third-busiest
in the world, the Telegram reported.