U.S. Transportation Security Administration has selected Mountain
View, CA-based Drexler Technology Corp.'s LaserCard optical memory
cards as a candidate for the upcoming Transportation Workers Identification
Credential, or TWIC program.
LaserCard can simultaneously store all or any combination of biometric
identifiers such as all 10 fingerprints, hand geometry, iris and
retina scans, facial image recognition, digitized signature and
the TWIC program, as many as 12 million digitized biometric identification
cards eventually could be issued by the TSA to truckdrivers, airport
and railway personnel and port workers. The cards would be utilized
by workers who require unescorted access to secure areas at their
field tests, those digital card technologies that are deemed appropriate
would be eligible to enter into the prototype phase of the program,
which begins in September, October or November 2003.
to industry publications, the prototype phase is expected to involve
about 10,000 transportation workers employed at airport, railway,
port and trucking facilities in Philadelphia, Wilmington, DE, and
Long Beach and Los Angeles, CA.