is testing a program at the Port of Houston where fingerprints are
captured and stored on smart cards to confirm driver ID and to control
access to secure terminal areas, the company said.
In a release,
DAC said of its TransSecure program: "Access control based
upon identity verification is crucial to enhancing security at our
also includes Maximus and International RAM. DAC is a private company
providing employment screening and drug and alcohol testing for
the transportation industry.
executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers
Association, said DAC's effort duplicates background check requirements
at the federal level.
its partners are private companies that should not be handling personal
information related to truckdrivers entering port areas," Spencer
said. "We've made our privacy concerns clear to the Justice
Department as it implements its background check requirements, and
they have said personal driver information only will be handled
by federal officials."
H. Thomas Kornegay,
executive director of the Port of Houston Authority, said, "We
recognize this is merely a component of a required comprehensive
security solution; however, it is an important component, as it
gives us the ability to know more and verify who has access to our
facility outside of our employees."
DAC has conducted
training concluding with user testing and verification of drivers.
The procedure at the terminal entrance involves the driver presenting
a TranSecure card to security personnel and providing a live fingerprint
on a portable biometric reader. A security guard compares the live
print with the print template embedded on the TranSecure card to
confirm a match before authorizing the driver to enter the area.
Larsen, senior editor