DAC Services 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 nation's seaports."
The effort also includes
Maximus and International RAM. DAC is a private company providing
employment screening and drug and alcohol testing for the transportation
Todd Spencer, executive vice
president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association,
said DAC's effort duplicates background check requirements at the
"DAC and 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
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.
--By Dick Larsen, senior